UVicSpace - Funding Agency Mandates

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In an effort to maximize the impact of research-and the money that goes into it-funding agencies around the world have been showing their support for open access initiatives by implementing open access mandates for the research projects they fund. Typically these mandates require researchers to either publish in an open access journal or archive a copy of their conventionally published research results in an open access repository like UVicSpace.

Below are a few agencies with links to more information about their mandates or policy statements.


Canada - Access to Research Results: Guiding Principles

"... CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC are committed to developing a shared approach for improving access to publicly funded research in keeping with internationally recognized best practices, standards and policies for funding and conducting research...."  More information on the proposed Tri-Council Open Access Policy available here.

CIHR Open Access Policy

"Beginning January 1, 2008, researchers awarded new or renewed funding from CIHR are reminded to adhere with the following new responsibilities:

  • ensure that all research papers generated from CIHR funded projects are freely accessible through the Publisher's website or an online repository within six months of publication;..."


NSERC - Policy and Guidelines on the Assessment of Contributions to Research and Training

No specific mention of open access publication as yet.


SSHERC - Policy on Open Access

"SSHRC's 'open access' policy aims to increase the impact of research knowledge on society by making the full content of publicly funded research results easily available on the Internet, permanently and without direct cost to the reader."

- Research Data Archiving Policy

" SSHRC is committed to the principle that the various forms of research data collected with public funds belong in the public domain. Accordingly, SSHRC has adopted a policy to facilitate making data that has been collected with the help of SSHRC funds available to other researchers."



United Kingdom

Open Access at the Wellcome Trust



United States of America

NIH - National Institutes of Health Public Access

"The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit journal articles that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central. The Policy requires that these articles be accessible to the public on PubMed Central to help advance science and improve human health."

Useful links

Research funders' open access policiesvia SHERPA/JULIET
Research at UVic

For more information, contact:
Katy Nelson