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Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII): Application and Reimbursment Procedures


1.  Submit manuscript to a fully open access journal.

2. Once article accepted for publication, fill our application for BRII funding.  

3.  Pay the article processing charge.

4.  Submit documentation for reimbursement

1. Submit manuscript to a fully OA journal

Submit your manuscript to an open access journal. Note: fees will be subsidized only for fully open access journals or books (that is, the entire journal or book must be freely available to the public without a subscription or access fee). Please note that BRII no longer covers Fees for "hybrid" (subscription-based) journals that simply offer an OA option. If you've got questions about your eligibility status or whether the journal qualifies for BRII, send us an e-mail at

2. Once article accepted for publication, fill out application for BRII funding

Fill out the Application for BRII funding (CalNet authentication required) upon acceptance of your article. Wait for email from the Library on the funding decision.

  • One application for individual per fiscal year.

  • Fully open access journals or a chapter within an OA book: BRII will fund up to $2,500 of Fees. For OA scholarly books, BRII will fund up to $10,000 of Fees.

3. Pay the article processing charge

Pay the article processing charge (APC) or open access fee.

Out of pocket: Some authors will pay the APC or OA fee using personal funds (personal check or credit card). 

Departmental funds: Some authors may use a campus or departmental account to pay the Fee. Be sure to keep proof of payment since this is required by campus for any sort of reimbursement. An acceptable proof of payment has the following components:

  • Name of Payee
  • Amount of the Charge
  • Transaction Date
  • Form of Payment
  • Description of the goods or services (an invoice may be provided to show this)

4. Submit documentation for reimbursement

Select either Payment Request Form or Interdepartmental Order Form reimbursement depending how you made the payment. Send forms and proof of payment as indicated on the forms. Reimbursement requests must be received with in 6 months BRII application approval. If you need an extension, please contact the BRII coordinator.