Other funding options

The different funding agencies play a central role in the world of science and research. Many funding agencies, among them the European Commission as well as the FWF, have clearly declared their support of open access and demand open access from researchers.



In its “Stand-Alone Publications”-Programme, the FWF is funding open access publications, among other things.

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In its “Peer-reviewed Publications”-Programme, the FWF is funding publications on FWF projects (up to three years after project completion). The following publishers settle the costs directly with the FWF:

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The guidelines of Plan S apply to all FWF research projects submitted after 1.1.2021.



In Horizon 2020, there is an open access obligation for peer-reviewed scientific publications according to Article 29.2 of the Grant Agreement. This means that these publications have to be made openly accessible to readers online and free of charge, after the end of the embargo period at the latest. The open access publishing of publications without peer review is desired but voluntary. The costs of open access publications are eligible for funding if they arise throughout the project duration.

Please note that in Horizon 2020, all publications published as "Gold Open Access" must also be uploaded to an (institutional or subject-specific) open access repository. If you have any questions about the upload, please contact the Open Access Contact Point (open-access@uibk.ac.at or DW 25401).

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The European Commission has launched a scientific publishing service called Open Research Europe. Open Research Europe provides all Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe beneficiaries and their researchers with a venue to publish their results in open access, at no cost, and in full compliance with the open access policies.

The formal launch of the platform will take place in early 2021, but submissions are already open. The platform is accepting publications in all fields of science. Research should be original and stem from a Horizon 2020 grant (and later Horizon Europe) in which at least one of the authors is involved.

The platform will use a model of immediate publication of submissions followed by transparent, invited and open peer review with inclusion of all supporting data. The names of the reviewers will be open, as well as their reviews, which will also be citeable.

The article guidelines for publishing in the platform are available at https://open-research-europe.ec.europa.eu/for-authors/article-guidelines


Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)

The OeNB is funding print and publishing costs of up to EUR 2,500 in the context of the project (application).

Extract from the information about the application process for funding of print and publishing costs:

  •  To make the project’s outcome accessible for further research activities, the Anniversary Fund supports the dissemination of research results (contributions to printing costs, reimbursement of open access fees, etc.). Printed publications in which the research results are to be published must have an ISBN number.
  • The support received from the Anniversary Fund has to be acknowledged in all publications originating from the project.
  • The funding of printing and publication costs is capped at € 2,500 including VAT.

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Related links

projekt.service.office: https://www.uibk.ac.at/projektservice/index.html.en
Open access conditions of different funding agencies: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet/index.php 
Open Access-Policy of the FWF: https://www.fwf.ac.at/en/research-funding/open-access-policy/

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