May 22, 2022

New Reference Resource: GRID, a Global, Open Database Offering Information About Nearly 50,000 Research Organizations

The following open database made available by Digital Science debuted online earlier this week. The data can be searched online. The dataset can also be downloaded and is available in two formats.

From a Digital Science Blog Post:

GRID_logo…we are proud to announce the launch of the Global Research Identifier Database (GRID), a free, easy-to-use online database that opens up information about research organisations around the world to data scientists, developers and innovators within academic and commercial organisations.

The GRID dataset addresses the problem of messy and inconsistent data on research institutions, ensuring that each entity is included correctly and only once.

Built in-house, the online database contains 50,000 manually curated institutional names, along with unique identifiers and geo-location information across 212 countries. The data are derived from openly accessible funder and publication sources such as the NIH reporter, PubMed and the UK Gateway to Research.

It includes the majority of institutions worldwide that have received research funding and is openly available under a CC-BY Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 international licence, which allows the user to share or adapt the content available for any purpose, even commercially.


GRID has been developed in collaboration with ÜberResearch, a Digital Science portfolio company which has implemented GRID in its Dimensions product for funders and research organizations. GRID data is helping to align the funding portfolios of both research funders and research organisations for portfolio insights and competitive insights.

Read the Complete Blog Post and News Release

Direct to GRID

Direct to GRID Data

Direct to Download GRID Dataset For Offline Use (Available in .JSON and .CSV Formats)

Direct to Updates Page

Direct to GRID Statistics

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