Support for Open Access Publication for the Financial Year 2018

The Stimulation Scheme for Open Access Publication (STIM-OA) has been extended to 2022 (for the financial year 2021). The requirements for this year’s call are the same as for previous calls. 

Important dates

14 Aug 2019

Date call is made active

25 Sep 2019

Application submission deadline

01 Oct 2019

Earliest permitted project start

01 Oct 2019

Latest permitted project start

31 Dec 2019

Latest permitted project completion

Important dates


The Research Council is seeking to ensure that the results of publicly funded research are made openly accessible. The Research Council has launched the STIM-OA scheme to facilitate the transition to open access publication. The STIM-OA scheme will provide support to institutional publication funds or the like by covering up to 50 per cent of the institutions’ costs for open access publication from the previous fiscal year. The scheme is time limited, with a duration of eight years (2015-2022).

The STIM-OA scheme is open to all subject areas and all approved research institutions in Norway.

About the call for proposals

The STIM-OA scheme covers the cost of publishing articles in “gold” open access journals. The scheme does not cover the cost of publishing fees in subscription-based “hybrid” open access journals.

The STIM-OA scheme replaces all funding of article processing charges as operating costs under individual projects. Article processing charges are no longer to be included as an operating cost in ordinary project proposals.

The STIM-OA scheme will issue a funding announcement once a year. Only article processing charges from the previous fiscal year will be covered. This call for proposals will be made active at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Who is eligible to apply?

Who can participate in the project?

Requirements for applications from the university and university college sector

For the financial year 2018, institutions in this sector must have earmarked allocations to cover article processing charges for open access publication according to stipulated criteria for a dedicated publication fund. These criteria must be specified in the application form.

The requirement regarding publication funds does not apply to applicants outside the university and university college sector.

Requirements relating to the Project Owner

The organisation listed as the Project Owner in the grant application must be an approved Norwegian research organisation and must have approved the submission of the grant application to the Research Council. The project administrator and the project manager must be the same person.

What can you seek funding for?

Norwegian research institutions may apply for funding to cover article processing charges incurred in 2018.

Articles must be published in a journal that:

The scheme does not cover the cost of publishing fees in subscription-based “hybrid” open access journals.

Conditions for funding

Support from the Research Council to a research organisation is to be reserved for the organisation’s non-economic activity, and as such therefore does not constitute state aid. The Research Council requires a clear separation of accounts for the organisation’s economic and non-economic activities.

Disbursement of funding

Funding is disbursed after the contract with the Research Council has been signed and an invoice for the approved funding amount has been submitted to the Council.  

Relevant thematic areas for this call

Communication and dissemination

Practical information

Requirements for this application type

  • Only one grant application per institution may be submitted.
  • Costs for which funding is sought must be entered within the project period of 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019.
  • The entire amount, i.e. total costs for application processing charges from the previous year must be entered under “Other operating expenses” in the Cost plan.
  • All articles for which article processing charges have been incurred in 2018 must be entered in a separate list using the designated template found at the bottom of this page. The list must be as complete as possible. Required fields are marked with an asterisk. Articles lacking complete information in the required fields will be deleted from the list. The list, which must be submitted by the application deadline, must:
    • be attached to the grant application in PDF format using the field for Project description.
    • be filled in using the designated XLSX template and sent by email to
  • The project administrator and the project manager must be the same person.
  • Total costs entered into the funding plan for article processing costs incurred in 2018 must be distributed between “Own financing” (50 per cent of the entire amount) and “Amount sought from the Research Council” (50 per cent of the entire amount).

Links to websites and documents, as well as other attachments than those specified above, will not be included in the application review process. There is no technical validation of the content of the attachments you upload, so please make sure that you upload the correct file for the selected type of attachment.

Administrative procedures

Applications are processed by the Research Council administration and must fulfil the following requirements.

  • The applicant/Project Owner must come from an eligible category of institution.
  • The grant application must lie within the scope of this call.
  • The funding amount sought and the expenses to be covered must be in keeping with the framework of the call.
  • The budget must be formulated correctly to clearly indicate what the funding will cover.
  • The application form must be fully completed.
  • The required attachments must be included using the designated templates.

Grant applications that do not satisfy the above formal requirements will be rejected.

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