The Department of Health (DH) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have agreed with the other main biomedical research funders, with the principal of Open Access to the outputs of its research.

DH has stated that it recognises that open access to the outputs of its research can offer both social and economic benefits as well as aiding the development of new research and stimulating wider economic growth of the UK economy.

This is in line with the stated Government aim, in line with its overarching commitment to transparency and open data as well as part of its economic growth strategy, to ensuring that published research findings should be freely accessible.

As a publicly funded research body, the NIHR is subject to the requirement to make the outputs from its research publicly available – not just to other researchers, but also to potential users in business, charitable and public sectors, and to the general tax-paying public.

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