Open Access Funding

In addition to the funding options listed below, TU Wien Bibliothek supports publication of open access articles via transformative agreements we conclude with publishers.

Since 2015, there has been a publication fund at TU Wien for funding gold open access. Submit your application directly using our web form. We provide funding for articles on a "first come, first served" basis.

Funding requirements

  • The submitting/corresponding author is a member of TU Wien and is responsible for payment of the publication fee. If there are several corresponding authors, the TU Wien corresponding author has to be the submitting author.
  • The article appears in an open access journal listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), that applies rigorous quality control procedures (peer review) recognised by the respective faculty. The article is freely accessible as soon as it is published. Paying article processing charges for articles in subscription journals (hybrid open access) is not supported. Exception: see TU Wien Bibliothek publishing agreements with open access components
  • Publication costs are not already covered by external funds or funded projects (such as FWF, ERC).
  • The publication fee for the article does not exceed EUR 2000. Higher costs can be assumed in individual cases.
  • Publication is subject to an open licence, for instance in the form of a Creative Commons licence. The journal must apply open licences and display them correctly.
  • Financing by TU Wien Bibliothek must be mentioned in the acknowledgements. We would recommend the following wording: "The authors acknowledge TU Wien Bibliothek for financial support through its Open Access Funding Programme."

In individual cases, TU Wien Bibliothek reserves the right to request the submitted manuscript for review purposes.

The application should be made as early as possible in the publication process; we would recommend before submission. The latest opportunity is at the time of invoicing. There is no possibility of any refund for invoices already paid. All articles funded by TU Wien Bibliothek are also published in reposiTUm, opens an external URL in a new window.

From 01 January 2024, the following conditions apply to the administrative procedure for open access funding by FWF:

  • The funding programme “Peer-Reviewed Publications” is replaced by the Open Access Block Grant. The open access block grant is paid annually by FWF to Austrian research institutions to support the funding of peer-reviewed open access publications resulting entirely or in part from FWF-funded projects.
  • Starting in 2024, TU Wien authors need to contact TU Wien Bibliothek directly to obtain FWF open access funding. FWF funding requirements apply.
  • Please contact TU Wien Bibliothek by e-mail before submitting a manuscript resulting from an FWF-funded project. For articles in open access journals not covered by publisher agreements, please submit your funding application using our web form.
  • Funding applications for peer-reviewed open access publications resulting from FWF projects can be brought up to three years after project completion, provided the requirements of the FWF open access funding policy for peer-reviewed publications are fulfilled. 

FWF’s open access funding requirements

Gold Open Access: Journals must be listed in the DOAJ.

Hybrid Open Access: Subscription-based journals with open access option must be covered by a transformative agreement concluded by TU Wien with the publisher.

  • Corresponding author is a member of TU Wien

From 2024, the corresponding author rule also applies to FWF funding: The corresponding author must be a member of TU Wien at the time funding eligibility is checked (article acceptance, submission, or application). Members of TU Wien are defined according to UG 2002 §94, opens an external URL in a new window

  • CC BY licence mandatory

A "Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY), opens an external URL in a new window" or equivalent open licence must be applied to open access publications resulting from FWF-funded projects.

  • Rights retention statement mandatory

The following text must be included in all publications at submission:

This research was funded in whole or in part by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) [grant DOI]. For open access purposes, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright license to any author accepted manuscript version arising from this submission.

For German-language publications: „Diese Forschung wurde gänzlich oder teilweise durch den Wissenschaftsfonds FWF finanziert [Grant-DOI]. Zum Zweck des freien Zugangs hat der:die Autor:in für jedwede akzeptierte Manuskriptversion, die sich aus dieser Einreichung ergibt, eine „Creative Commons Attribution CC BY“-Lizenz vergeben.

  • Archiving

All peer-reviewed open access publications resulting from FWF-funded projects must be deposited in an institutional repository, such as TU Wien’s reposiTUm, opens an external URL in a new window, for purposes of long-term archiving at the time of publication.

Please visit "Open access policy for peer-reviewed publications", opens an external URL in a new window for more details on FWF's funding requirements.

Funding procedure for OA publications resulting from FWF-funded projects

  • Funding procedure for articles without publisher agreements on open access journals: From 2024, you can submit a funding application to cover the open access costs for these articles via our web form. We recommend applying as early as possible during the publication process, preferably before submission of the manuscript, but at the latest at invoicing. Reimbursement of already paid invoices is not possible. Please note that applying for reimbursement by the FWF (PUR applications) was only possible until 31 December 2023!
  • Funding procedure for articles via transformative agreements with publishers: Funding applications are not required for these articles. Publishers should identify authors eligible for funding and offer a free open access publishing option. Please check the funding requirements for individual publishers on our web page Transformative agreements.

Comparison of funding requirements of TU Wien and FWF

Details on the FWF website:

FWF Open Access Block Grant, opens an external URL in a new window

FWF open access policy for peer-reviewed publications, opens an external URL in a new window


European Research Council

Open access is required; publication costs must be covered from the planned project budget.

Open access guidelines for research results funded by the European Research Council, opens an external URL in a new window

Horizon 2020

Open access is required; all publications must be uploaded for archiving in a repository. Publication costs may be reimbursed during the term of the project, as part of the overall project budget.

Horizon 2020 rules on open access to scientific publications, opens an external URL in a new window

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

Open access is required: All publications must be uploaded for archiving in a repository at the latest at the time of publication. Embargo periods are no longer permitted. No cost coverage for Hybrid Open Access. Obligation to use a CC-BY license or a license with equivalent rights; in exceptional cases, a more restrictive license may be applied. The regulations apply to peer-reviewed publications including monographs. Publication costs may be reimbursed during the term of the project, as part of the overall project budget.

Programme Guide (19 July 2021), opens an external URL in a new window

General Model Grant Agreement (Draft, 1 June 2021), opens an external URL in a new window

AGA - Annotated Model Grant Agreement (Pre-Draft, 23 July 2021), opens an external URL in a new window

Project-dependent. Please check your project agreement on this point.

The costs of open access publications are eligible if they are incurred during the term of the project. Costs incurred after completion of the project cannot be financed from the project budget.

Information on funding by the FFG, opens an external URL in a new window

Open access is supported; publication costs must be taken into account in the application. For academic articles appearing in quality-assured journals and for book publications, costs can be paid from the project budget as part of current WWTF projects. For publications appearing after completion of the project, a maximum of EUR 5000 can be reserved from the project budget for a maximum of two years.

Open access provisions for funding by the WWTF, opens an external URL in a new window

Editing service for TU Wien doctoral students

In addition to funding gold open access publications, TU Wien Bibliothek supports TU Wien doctoral students by funding English-language editing services for your journal articles or conference papers. For details on our editing services see our page on manuscripts and proofreading.