Open Publishing Support Fund

The Open Access Support Fund has been expended for the current fiscal year cycle. Applications are now closed. The fund will reopen and resume accepting applications in July 2024.

The Open Publishing Support Fund (OPSF) improves access to research produced at the University of Tennessee. The OPSF provides support of up to $1800 toward article processing charges (APCs) for UTK researchers publishing in fully open journals. 

The OPSF is a limited fund, distributed on a first come, first served basis. To attempt to support as many researchers as possible, we ask that researchers check with their publishers to see if discounts (via UTK agreements, memberships, or individual discount) are available to lower APCs before applying for the OPSF. Please see UTK’s agreements and discounts here:

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Applying to the Open Publishing Support Fund

Publication Requirements


  • Funding maximum: $1800 per request. The applicant is responsible for funds above this amount. 
  • Only two (2) OPSF awards per research lab per year. 
  • A graduate student may seek funding once per fiscal year for articles solely authored by graduate student(s).

Other Considerations

  • Applicants with external funding should exhaust external funds before applying for the OPSF.
  • Application must be submitted by UTK faculty, staff, or graduate student.

The Open Publishing Support Fund is co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Engagement and the University Libraries.

Please note that application responses may take up to 14 business days.