Research4Life programs

© SpringerResearch4Life seeks to help achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by providing the developing world with access to critical scientific research and reducing the knowledge gap between industrialized countries and developing countries. Springer is one of the founding members of the initiative when the first program HINARI was launched in 2002.

Since 2004, the four initiatives in health, agriculture, environment and technology have given researchers at more than 7,800 institutions in over 100 developing world countries free or low-cost access to over 15,000 peer-reviewed journals, 30,000 ebooks, and databases provided by 160 scientific, technical and medical publishers.

In December 2000, in a call to the private sector, the former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan was asking support for improving health in the developing world. Only a few months later under the auspices of WHO and FAO six publishing companies –among them Springer – had agreed to offer full digital access of their biomedical journals to countries classified by the World Bank as low or lower-middle income. In an official signing ceremony in London 9th of July 2001 the fundament was set for the successful public private partnership called Research4Life.

Research4Life is a public-private partnership of the WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, Cornell and Yale Universities, the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) and several technical partners including Microsoft.

Research4Life is the collective name for the following programs:

© ARDI The Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) program is an initiative supported by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and major publishers. Springer is a founding member of the program when it was launched in 2009.

© AGORALaunched in 2003, AGORA is managed by the FAO in partnership with Cornell University and over 70 publishers. Springer is one of the founding partners of this initiative.

© HINARIHINARI was developed within the framework of the Health InterNetwork at the Millennium Summit in 2000. The program was launched in January 2002, following the principles of a Statement of Intent signed by six major publishers, including Springer.

© OARELaunched in 2006, OARE is managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with Yale University and more than 75 publishers, among them Springer.

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UN Specialized Executing Agencies
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