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.
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)
The 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.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The 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.
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Australia) is Australia's leading expert body promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards. NHMRC brings together within a single national organisation the functions of research funding and development of advice. One of its strengths is that it draws upon the resources of all components of the health system, including governments, medical practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals, researchers, teaching and research institutions, public and private programme managers, service administrators, community health organizations, social health researchers and consumers
£500K to 1 million
Den danske regering/The Danish Government (Rigshospitalet Research Committee)
Den danske regering/The Danish Government (Rigshospitalet Research Committee) (Denmark) are a highly specialised hospital which, with a few exceptions, covers all medical specialist areas.
South African Medical Research Council
The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) (South Africa) was established in 1969 with the aim to deliver on a mandate to promote the improvement of the health and the quality of life of the population of our country through research, development and technology transfer.
More than 1 million GBP
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
National Institutes of Health (USA)
National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia)
500k to 1 million GBP
Den danske regering/Danish Government (Rigshospitalet Research Committee) (Denmark)
Cochrane Charity - central funds awarded back to Cochrane Groups through various funding mechanisms
South African Medical Research Council (South Africa)
100k to 500k GBP
Department for International Development (UK)
Universität Freiburg/University of Freiburg (Germany)
Ministère des affaires sociales et de la santé/Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (France)
Chief Scientist Office (Scotland)
Kika Kinderen kanker vrij (Netherlands)
Bundesministerium für Gesundheit/Federal Ministry of Health (Germany)
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norway)
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung/Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (Switzerland)
New Zealand Ministry of Health (New Zealand)
McMaster University (Canada)
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (Spain)
Lower Austrian Health and Social Fund (Austria)
World Health Organization
BC Ministry of Health (Canada)
Department for Health and Human Services Victoria (Australia)
National Research Foundation of Korea (Republic of Korea)
50k to 100k GBP
Deutsche Krebshilfe e.V./German Cancer Aid (Germany)
Crohn's and Colitis Canada
Singapore Clinical Research Institute
National Centre for Child Health and Development (Japan)
HSC Research and Development (Northern Ireland)
UK Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Ministry of Health and Welfare (Taiwan)
Ministry of Health (Austria)
Federale OverheidsDienst (FOD) Volksgezondheid/Federal Public Service Public Health
Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht (Netherlands)
Assistance Publique, Hopitaux de Paris (France)
Cochrane Oral Health Global Alliance partners combined: American Association of Public Health Dentistry, USA; British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry, UK; British Society of Paediatric Dentistry, UK; the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, Canada; the Centre for Dental Education and Research at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India; National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice, USA; New York University College of Dentistry, USA; and NHS Education for Scotland, UK
Health Research Board (Ireland)
20k to 50k GBP
Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad/Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality (Spain)
IQ Healthcare (Netherlands)
Ministero della Salute/Italian Health Ministry (Italy)
Fondazione Italiana Sclerosi Multipla/Italian Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (Italy)
Dutch National Health Care Institute (Netherlands)
Oxford University (UK)
Federal Ministry of Education (Nigeria)
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (Canada)
Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (South Africa)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Canada)
Biomedical Research Institute Sant Pau (Spain)
Khon Kaen University (Thailand)
Thailand Research Fund (Thailand)
Korea Health Industry Development Institute (Republic of Korea)
University of Pécs (Hungary)
Danish Rheumatism Association
Population Health Research Institute (Canada)
Foundation IRCCS - Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Milan (Italy)
Odense University Hospital, University of Southern Denmark
Leading National Research Centre, Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Poland)
Taipei Medical University (Taiwan)
University of Western Ontario Department of Medicine, POEM fund (Canada)
Federal Knowledge Centre (Belgium)
Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare (Taiwan)
State of Lower Austria
Niederösterreich Gesundheits und Sozialfonds (NOGUS)/Health and Social Funds, Lower Austria (Austria)
Sanita Regione Umbria/Region of Umbria, Health Authority (Italy)
10k to 20k GBP
Federal Ministry of Health (Nigeria)
Department of Translational Surgery and Medicine, University of Florence (Italy)
Parkinson Consumer Society
Unité de SOUTIEN SRAP du Québec (Canada)
Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa (Portugal)
Commission de promotion de la santé et de lutte contre les additions (CPSLA) - Canton de Vaud (Switzerland)
Lazio Region (Italy)
Swiss School of Public Health (Switzerland)
American College of Gastroenterology (USA)
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (Canada)
Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)
Istituto Superiore di Sanità/National Institute of Health (Italy)
Fondation SANA (Switzerland)
Under 10k GBP
Kazan Federal University Program, Federal Ministry of Education and Science (Russia)
Jagiellonian University Medical College (Poland)
Cabrini Institute (Australia)
IHCAI FOUNDATION- International Health Central American Institute Foundation (Chile and Costa Rica)
MDS Foundation (Portugal)
Uniklinik Köln (Germany)
Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare
Penang Medical College (Malaysia)
Ministarstvo obrazovanja, znanosti i sporta/Ministry of Education, Science and Sports (Croatia)
Bruyere Research Institute (Canada)
Danish Health Authorities (Denmark)
City of Zagreb (Croatia)
Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Colombia)
New Zealand Doctor (Individual donation)
University of Johannesburg (South Africa)
Sveučilište u Splitu/University of Split, School of Medicine (Croatia)
University of Zurich, Epidemiology, Prevention and Biostatistics Institute (Switzerland)
Fudan University, Shanghai (China)
Grad Split/City of Split (Croatia)
National Hemophilia Foundation (USA)
County of Split and Dalmatia (Croatia)
Otago University (New Zealand)
Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany)
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.
Cochrane wishes to thank the following partners for their support:
The 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.
The 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.
Epistemonikos 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 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 Network's (G-I-N) mission is to lead, strengthen, and support collaboration in guideline development, adaptation and implementation. Cochrane and G-I-N 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.
Articles 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.
John 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.
Contact us if you would like to know more about how to become a partner of Cochrane.