January 25, 2022

“CrossRef’s FundRef Launches: Publishers and Funders Track Scholarly Output”

Note: The CrossRef FundRef pilot project was announced about one year ago.

Now, the service has formally launched.

From a CrossRef Blog:

FundRef, the funder identification service from CrossRef, is now available for publishers to contribute funding data and for retrieval of that information. FundRef is the result of collaboration between funding agencies and publishers that correlates grants and other funding with the scholarly output of that support.

Publishers participating in FundRef add funding data to the bibliographic metadata they already provide to CrossRef for reference linking. FundRef data includes the name of the funder and a grant or award number. Manuscript tracking systems can incorporate a taxonomy of 4000 global funder names, which includes alternate names, aliases, and abbreviations enabling authors to choose from a standard list of funding names. Then the tagged funding data will travel through publishers’ production systems to be stored at CrossRef.


FundRef helps researchers comply with funder requirements to report the results of financial support they have received. The CrossMark service enables publishers to display FundRef data in a standardized way. FundRef data is also freely available to funding organizations, publishers, libraries, research institutions, scholars, authors, and the public through CrossRef’s search services, application programming interfaces (APIs), XML queries, and data distribution channels.

A beta version of FundRef Search allows anyone to search the data from the publishers and funders that participated in the pilot for funder names and abbreviations. In addition, CrossRef Metadata Search allows search by grant number.


FundRef currently includes a limited amount of data from the following pilot publishers and funders:

• US Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information (DOE/OSTI)
• US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
• US National Science Foundation (NSF)
• Wellcome Trust
• AIP Publishing
• American Psychological Association
• Elsevier
• Nature Publishing Group
• Oxford University Press
• Wiley-Blackwell

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Download FundRef Registry Data (Multiple Formats)

See Also: FundRef Workflow (Graphic)


About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.