Our funders and partners

Cochrane works collaboratively with partners and funders to produce and disseminate authoritative, relevant, and reliable health evidence. Our funding and partner relationships reflect our commitment to help improve the world's health through high quality, up-to-date research evidence, and to make this information accessible and easy to understand.

Independent and transparent

Cochrane's central organizational income in 2017 grew strongly to £8.67 million, a 19% increase from 2016 (£6.8 million GBP). Much of this income is derived from the proceeds of the Cochrane Library and other Cochrane products. It is invested back into the organization by our Governing Board to deliver the goals of our Strategy to 2020. You can find a full account of Cochrane’s central organization’s income and expenditure in its official Trustees Report, Financial Statements and Annual Review, here.

Our global network of Groups are supported by national governments, international governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities, hospitals, private foundations, and personal donations worldwide. The direct income in 2017 for Cochrane Groups was £15,606,328 (see below for more details).

Cochrane is able to generate authoritative and reliable information because we never accept commercial or conflicted funding. This policy means Cochrane contributors can work freely, unconstrained by commercial or financial interests.

Read more about our policy on commercial sponsorship.

Our funders

Our funders

We do not accept commercial or conflicted funding – this is vital for us to generate authoritative and reliable information, produced by people who can work freely, unconstrained by commercial and financial interests.

Cochrane wishes to thank the following organizations for their support:

More than £1 million

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

National Institute for Health ResearchThe National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (UK) is the research arm of the NHS and is funded through the Department of Health and Social Care to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. It is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organization. Together, NIHR people, facilities and systems represent the most integrated clinical research system in the world. NIHR is the largest single funder of Cochrane, and currently supports 21 Cochrane Review Groups based in England.

Den danske regering/The Danish Government (Rigshospitalet Research Committee)

Rigshospitalet Research CommitteeDen danske regering/The Danish Government (Rigshospitalet Research Committee) (Denmark) are a highly specialised hospital which, with a few exceptions, covers all medical specialist areas.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Institutes of HealthThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) (USA), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation's medical research agency - making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.


£500K to 1 million

Bundesministerium für Gesundheit (BMG) - Federal Ministry of Health

Federal Ministry of Health (Germany)The Federal Ministry of Health (Germany) is responsible for a variety of policy areas, whereby its activities focus predominantly on the drafting of bills, ordinances and administrative regulations. Moreover, by means of prevention campaigns, the Federal Ministry of Health seeks to improve the population's health.

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More than 1 million GBP

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (UK)
Danish Health Authorities (Denmark)
National Institutes of Health (USA)

500k to 1 million GBP

Federal Ministry of Health (Germany)

100k to 500k GBP

South African Medical Research Council
Anonymous non‐profit organizations (charitable donations or commissioned work)
Department for International Development (UK)
Cochrane Charity ‐ central funds awarded
National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia)
Chief Scientist Office (Scotland)
World Health Organization
McMaster University (Canada)
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norway)
Ministry of Health (New Zealand)
Ministry of Health, British Columbia (Canada)
Lower Austrian Health and Social Fund (Austria)
Laura & John Arnold Foundation
South African Department of Health
Institut national du Cancer (France)

50k to 100k GBP

Ministry of Health (Austria)
laurence le cleach (France)
HSC Research and Development (Northern Ireland)
Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad/Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality (Spain)
Joint Research Centre (Italy)
Vermont Oxford Network
Swiss Medical Board
Ministry of Health and Welfare (Taiwan)
The Gerber Foundation
Ciber de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (Spain)
Centre for Future Health, University of York / Wellcome (UK)
The National Health Research Institutes (Taiwan)
Skåne University Hospital (Sweden)

20k to 50k GBP

National Research Foundation (South Africa)
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)
University of Vermont, Larner College of Medicine (USA)
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (South Africa)
Cochrane Oral Health Global Alliance
Lund University (Sweden)
Federal Ministry of Education (Nigeria)
National Institute for Medical Research Development (Iran)
European Respiratory Society
Farncombe Family gift
Canadian Rheumatology Association
The Global Fund
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
Monash University (Australia)
University of York (UK)
Ministry of Science and Technology (Taiwan)
Institut de Recerca de Sant Pau (Spain)
Public Health Wales
Instituto Ramón y Cajal de Investigación Sanitaria (IRYCIS) (Spain)
Kazan Federal University Program, Federal Ministry of Education and Science (Russia)
Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (Spain)
Dr. Peter Tugwell University Account (Canada)
Hamilton Health Sciences
State of Lower Austria
Lazio Region (Italy)
Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (Ecuador)
Niederösterreich Gesundheits und Sozialfonds (NOGUS)/Health and Social Funds, Lower Austria (Austria)
Odense University Hospital, University of Southern Denmark
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (Canada)
Anonymous non‐profit organization (charitable donation)

10k to 20k GBP

American College of Gastroenterology (USA)
Navarre Health Service (Spain)
Foundation IRCCS ‐ Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Milan (Italy)
Federal Ministry of Health (Nigeria)
University of Pécs (Hungary)
Campbell Collaboration
Economic and Social Research Council (UK)
Workshop 2018/2019
Medical Center – University of Freiburg (Germany)
Training (self‐funded)
Erasmus University (Netherlands)
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Ministry of Health and Regione Lombardia (Italy)

0.5k to 10k GBP

University Hospital Gaetano Martino Messina (Italy)
Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa (Portugal)
Region Skåne (Sweden)
University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
MDS Foundation (Portugal)
Mapi Research Trust
CHU de Québec ‐ université Laval research center: Population Health and Optimal Health Practices (Canada)
Canada research chair critical care neurology and trauma (Canada)
Instituto Universitario Hospital Italiano (Italy)
Jagiellonian University Medical College (Poland)
University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Cochrane Canada
National Insitute for Clincal Excellence (NICE) (UK)
University of Split, School of Medicine (Croatia)
Cochrane Japan (commissioned work)
Cochrane Response
Ministry of Science and Education (Croatia)
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
City of Zagreb (Croatia)
Motor Neurone Disease Association (UK)
RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (formerly Penang Medical College) (Malaysia)
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisanté), Lausanne, Switzerland (formerly Institute of Social and Preventive Med
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
City of Split (Canada)
Split‐Dalmatia County (Croatia)
Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Less than 500 GBP

Center for Reproductive Medicine (Netherlands)
Health Authority, Umbria Region (Italy)


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We work collaboratively with partners to produce and disseminate authoritative, relevant, and reliable health evidence. Our partner relationships reflect our commitment to help improve the world's health through high quality, up-to-date research evidence, and to make this information accessible and easy to understand.

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Cochrane wishes to thank the following partners for their support:


AllTrialsThe AllTrials campaign calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported. Hundreds of thousands of clinical trials have been conducted from which no or limited data have been made available; data critical to enabling doctors and regulators to make informed decisions about which treatments to use and fund. AllTrials founders were Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science, along with the charity Sense About Science; the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine in Oxford; the James Lind Initiative; the BMJ ; and Cochrane.

Campbell Collaboration

Campbell CollaborationThe Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces and disseminates systematic reviews on the effects of interventions in the social and behavioural sciences. It seeks to improve the quality of public and private services through enhancing the evidence base for social policy and practice. It produces reviews in the areas of Crime and Justice, Education, International Development, and Social Welfare. Cochrane and Campbell have been closely affiliated since Campbell's establishment in 2000. In 2015 the two collaborations are formalizing plans to work more cooperatively and effectively together in a number of areas of common interest.


EpistomonikosEpistemonikos is a collaborative, multilingual database of health evidence. It is the largest source of systematic reviews relevant for health-decision making, and a large source of other types of scientific evidence.

Evidence Aid

Evidence AidEvidence Aid started as a project within Cochrane, and was subsequently registered as an independent charity in 2015. Evidence Aid’s vision is that those in need receive humanitarian aid in the most timely, effective and appropriate way possible. To achieve this, Evidence Aid’s mission is to inspire and enable those guiding the humanitarian sector to apply an evidence-based approach in their activities and decisions. In doing this, Evidence Aid raises the profile of systematic reviews, including those published in the Cochrane Library, within the humanitarian sector.

Guidelines International Network

Guidelines International NetworkGuidelines International Network's (GIN) mission is to lead, strengthen, and support collaboration in guideline development, adaptation and implementation. Cochrane and GIN formalized a partnership arrangement in 2014, agreeing to work together collaboratively to ensure that evidence is both useful and used by people making decisions about health, from individuals to clinicians to international health policy-makers from all over the world.


WikipediaArticles relating to medicine are viewed more than 180 million times per month on Wikipedia, yet less than 1 per cent of these have passed a formal peer review process. This opens up a unique opportunity for Cochrane to work with Wikipedia medical editors to transform the quality and content of health evidence available online. The partnership, formalized in 2014, supports the inclusion of relevant evidence within all Wikipedia medical articles, as well as processes to help ensure that medical information included in Wikipedia is of the highest quality and as accurate as possible. Trusted, evidence-based research can help people to make informed decisions about their own health care.


WileyJohn Wiley & Sons ( Wiley) has been Cochrane's principal publishing partner since 2003, working closely with Cochrane contributors and staff to support publication of the Cochrane Library on Wiley's internationally recognized electronic publishing platform. Over the course of the Cochrane-Wiley partnership, more than half the world's population has secured one-click access to Cochrane content through licenses or free access programmes.

World Health Organization

Cochrane has been in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2011. This collaboration includes the right to appoint a representative to participate, without vote, in WHO's meetings, including at the World Health Assembly, the WHO's decision-making body, allowing us to make expository statements on WHO health resolutions. This relationship gives us the opportunity to provide input on the way research evidence is identified, synthesized, assessed and used by WHO. In addition, we provide reliable summaries of health information which can be used to inform recommendations and policies. It promotes intersectoral collaboration and high-quality research between our two organizations to produce the necessary evidence to ensure policies in all sectors contribute to improving health and health equity.

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