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Our funders enable us to fulfil 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 £7.1 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.

Our other funders

The Institute is most grateful for the generous support of 34 other funders from whom we receive grants, donations, and in-kind support. They include universities, foundations, news organisations, academic institutions, and technology companies. Below all our supporters for the academic year 2022-2023 (we update this overview annually). For more details, see our latest Annual Report.

RISJ funders

What the funding is for

Our funders help us fulfil our mission by funding our research projects, our events, our publications, our editorial activities, and the journalist and leadership programmes. The relative size of each of our core areas of activity for 2022-2023 (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 2022-23 was approximately £4.7 million and the brackets below reflect the size of the contributions the Institute received from each funder in the academic year 2022-23. New sponsors for this year are indicated below with an asterisk.

£10k and under

  • ABC
  • Austria Press Agency
  • BBC Academy
  • Fundación Gabo

Between £10k and £50k 

  • BBC News
  • Centre d’études sur les médias, Québec
  • Code for Africa*
  • Coimisiún na Meán
  • Columbia Journalism School
  • Commissariaat voor de Media/Dutch Media Authority
  • Dagens Nyheter
  • Edelman UK
  • Fritt Ord Foundation
  • Helsingin Sanomat Foundation
  • JP/ Politikens Hus
  • Knight Foundation
  • Korea Press Foundation
  • Leibniz Institute for Media Research │ Hans-Bredow-Institut
  • Media24
  • Media Industry Research Foundation of Finland
  • Mona Megalli
  • NHK
  • Ofcom
  • Reuters
  • Roskilde University
  • Singapore Press Holdings
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Navarra

Between £50k and £200k

  • BBC World Service
  • Oxford Martin School

Between £200k and £500k

  • European Climate Foundation
  • Laudes Foundation*
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation

Between £500k and £1m


Over £1m   

  • Google News Initiative
  • Meta Journalism Project
Next update

This information was published in November 2023. It is updated every year in October, after our Steering Committee approves our operating statements and financial outcomes. 

Major grants and new research projects are in addition announced separately on our website, as with the 2021 announcement on the Oxford Climate Journalism Network, 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).