Scientists, policy makers, humanitarian organisations and others in poor countries run into significant barriers when accessing research findings. This is an important issue for international development. Those in developing countries need better access to research outputs to enable them to build upon and use this knowledge.
DFID knows the benefits that science and social science knowledge can have in addressing poverty, and expects the research it funds to benefit scientists, policy makers, practitioners and others globally. Therefore DFID has in place an open and enhanced access policy for the research that we fund.
Increasing the uptake of DFID Research
DFID expects the open access policy to increase the uptake and use of DFID research, principally through removing price barriers to research outputs and increasing their availability and visibility.
Implementing the policy
The policy is effective from 1 November 2012 and applies to new research projects and programmes with grants or contracts awarded from this date. While not required, researchers holding DFID grants or contracts awarded prior to 1st November 2012 are encouraged to adopt the policy.
The policy is supported by an implementation guide and the R4D editorial policy. The guide will help researchers meet the policy requirements and recommendations. For further help, DFID research partners may contact their DFID research manager. The general contact point is email@example.com.
Towards a DFID Research Policy on Open Access
DFID Research: DFID’s Policy Opens up a World of Global Research