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Open access

We strongly support increasing access to the findings of public funded research. 


Open access to research makes it easier for business and the voluntary and public sectors to access research findings. It could also enhance the wider public understanding of research and has the potential to make conducting research easier. 

SFC therefore welcomes the Finch report and the Secretary of State’s response and looks forward to the continuing debate on how best to expand access to public funded research outputs.

On behalf of the four UK funding bodies, the former HEFCE published information and audit requirements in the policy for Open access in the post-2014 REF (now on the Research England website).