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Our funders enable us to fulfill our mission of exploring the future of journalism worldwide through debate, engagement, and research. Our core funding comes from the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Beyond this, we receive support from a wide range of other funders including academic funding bodies, foundations, non-profits, and industry partners, and earn income from leadership development programmes and other activities. Below is an overview of the Institute’s funding since it was created in 2006.

Our core funder

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the corporate foundation of Thomson Reuters and it works to advance media freedom, raise awareness of human rights issues, and foster more inclusive economies. The Foundation has funded activities at Oxford for over 30 years. It has provided £5.8 million in core funding to the Reuters Institute since 2006.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the only funder who has any role in our governance structure, which is set up to maintain our independence. More about our governance here.

Our other funders

The Institute is most grateful for the generous support of 33 other funders from whom we receive grants, donations, and in-kind support. They include universities, foundations, news organisations, individuals academic institutions, and technology companies. Below all our supporters for the academic year 2019/2020 (we update this overview annually). For more details, see our latest Annual Report.

Our funders

What the funding is for

Our funders help us fulfill our mission by funding our research projects, our events, our publications, and the Journalist Fellowship programme. The relative size of each of our core areas of activity for 2018/2019 (including core funding, other support, as well as earned income) can be seen below.

How much from every funder

As we are an integral part of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford we do not have separate accounts. 

Our total turnover in 2019/2020 was approximately £3.4m and the brackets below reflect the size of the contributions the Institute received from each funder in the academic year 2019-2020.

£10k and under

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Austria Press Agency
  • BBC Academy
  • David Levy
  • JP Politikens Hus
  • Stiftung Presse-Haus NRZ
  • Yle

Between £10k and £50k 

  • BBC News
  • Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
  • Centre d’études sur les médias, Québec
  • Columbia University School of Journalism
  • Dutch Media Authority
  • Edelman UK
  • Fritt Ord Foundation
  • Hans Bredow Institute
  • Helsingin Sanomat Foundation
  • Korea Press Foundation
  • Media Industry Research Foundation of Finland
  • Mona Megalli Fellowship
  • Ofcom
  • Paul Kumleben
  • Ringier Axel Springer
  • Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Roskilde University
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Navarra
  • Wincott Foundation

Between £50k and £200k

  • Anglo American Group Foundation
  • Nuffield Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Oxford Martin School

Between £200k and £500k

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation

Between £500k and £1m


Over £1m   

Google News Initiative

Next update

This information was published in November 2020. It will be updated every year in November, after our Steering Committee has approved our operating statements and financial outcomes. 

Major grants and new research projects are in addition announced separately on our website, as with the 2020 announcements of the COVID-19 news and information project and the Trust in News Project, the 2018 announcement of the one-year “Journalism Innovation Project” (now concluded) and the extension of the ongoing “Digital News Project” (running since 2015).