fundref registry

The Open Funder Registry provides a common taxonomy of over 11,000 funding body names that funding data initiative participants should use to normalize Funder Names and IDs for deposit.

The list should be used to present authors with a pre-populated "Funder Name" option at the time of submission, and can also be used to match the funding names in backfile content if this data has been previously extracted.

The list is available to download as an RDF file, and is freely available under a CC0 license waiver.


Version History

  • October 28th 2015
    Funder count: 11,503
  • September 2nd 2015
    Funder count: 10,847
  • June 12th 2015
    Funder count: 10,246
    Schema change: addition of “narrower” and “splitFrom” tags to reciprocate existing “broader” and “splitInto” tags
  • February 12th 2015
    Funder count: 9,522
  • January 6th 2015
    Funder count: 8,797
    Schema Change: to distinguish abbreviations from other alternate names we have added a label for abbreviations <fref:usageFlag rdf:resource="" />
  • October 1st 2014
    Funder count: 8,168
    In this file 25 funding bodies that were erroneously removed in the September 25th update have been replaced.
  • September 25th 2014
    Funder count: 8,143
    There are two new tags in the schema with this release:
    ""svf:continuationOf" This represents funding bodies that have changed name. The previous name should be retained to allow authors to select the historical name where relevant.
    "dct:replaces rdf:resource=" and "dct:isReplacedBy rdf:resource=" These are used to indicate duplicated entries in the file. The "isReplacedBy" name should be ignored and is in the file for reference only.
    NOTE: a small number of funders were erroneously deleted from this file, all related to the US Department of Energy. Work is underway to replace them and a new file will be issued week of September 29th.
  • June 25th 2014
    Funder count: 7,333
  • May 16th 2014
    Funder count: 6,586
    Enhancements to existing metadata and new funders added. South Korean funding bodies added.
  • April 10th 2014
    Funder count: 6,164
    Enhancements to existing metadata and new funders added.
  • March 7th 2014
    Funder count: 5,934
    Enhancements to existing metadata and new funders added.
  • January 29th 2014
    Funder count: 5,540
    Enhancements to existing metadata and new funders added.
  • December 13th 2013
    Funder count: 4,973
    Enhancements to existing metadata and new funders added.
  • November 19th 2013
    Funder count: 4,817
    Bug fixes to correct some labelling errors in the RDF.
  • November 6th 2013
    Funder count: 4,817
    New Registry file incorporating corrected hierarchy information for the US Department of Energy, separating out second and third tier organisations.
  • May 28th 2013
    Funder count: 4,785
    First Registry File.

To the extent possible under law, Crossref has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to the Open Funder Registry.

Additional Options

Download a CSV file of the funder names and identifiers in the Open Funder Registry.

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Updated December 15, 2015

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