Funder Registry

A veritable who’s who of funders worldwide, the Crossref Funder Registry is a unique taxonomy of grant-giving organizations.

A freely-downloadable file, this registry lists funders and their unique identifiers. It is CC-0 and available to integrate with your own systems.

The registry is updated approximately monthly with new funders. Existing entries are also reviewed to make sure that they are accurate and up to date. If you spot anything that doesn’t look right please get in touch and let us know.

You can also download a .csv file of the Funder Registry.


There are many benefits of clear, transparent and measurable information on who funded research and where it has been published:

  • Funding organizations are able to better track the published results of their grants
  • Research institutions are able to monitor the published outputs of their employees
  • Publishers are able to analyze the sources of funding for their authors and ensure compliance with funder mandates
  • Readers and the public benefit from greater transparency on who funded the research and the results of R&D funding.

How it works

Authors acknowledge the funding sources for their research in their publications. Until we developed this registry there has been no common way to extract and aggregate this information. The Funder Registry allows publishers to clearly identify the funders who backed the research, and to standardize this metadata and send it to us.

We can then make it openly available through funding data search and our API.

How to participate

Publishers: collect funder names and grant numbers from authors via your submission system, or extract them from acknowledgements sections. Match the names with the corresponding funder IDs from the Registry, and add these three additional pieces of metadata - funder name, funder id, and grant number - to your regular Crossref deposits.

Funders: do not need to join Crossref or pay any fees. You can view the content that has cited your funding by entering your organization’s name into funding data search. If you prefer a machine-readable query use our REST API.

Obligations & fees

There are no publisher fees for depositing funding data. Funding data search and our REST API are freely available.

Publishers must include the Funder ID from the Registry for each funder if it is present in the Registry.

Please contact our member services team with any questions or to get set up, or contact our support team for any technical or troubleshooting questions.

Last Updated: 2017 January 19 by Kirsty Meddings