16 July 2012. The government is to make sure that publicly-funded research is made freely available to the public, starting as soon as late 2013, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts announced on 16 July.
Currently most formally published research is only available behind paywalls. From late 2013 or early 2014, publicly-funded research will be made much more widely available. The aim is to provide "more opportunities for research and development across a range of sectors" and to "support the commercial exploitation of research", contributing to the government's economic growth agenda.