Answered By: The Library
Last Updated: Feb 03, 2022     Views: 50

Both major funders of Australian research mandate that research outputs from projects that are funded are to be made freely available following an embargo period.

NHMRC and ARC both specify that any publications arising from research projects they have funded must be deposited in an open access institutional repository (e.g. ResearchDirect) within a twelve month period from the date of publication. 

The following Open access policies for each funder are:

• NHMRC: Open Access Policy
• ARC: Open Access Policy

Other funding bodies may also stipulate open access requirements in their agreements and researchers are advised to check agreement terms closely to ensure compliance.

The NHMRC, unlike the ARC, explicitly exempts scholarship holders from the mandatory requirements of their Open Access Policy, however, the NHMRC strongly encourages funded graduate researchers to make their thesis and any peer-reviewed publications Open Access.

For further information about funding opportunities and preparing a Grant Applications, refer to Research at Western Sydney for further support.

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