What is Research4Life?

  • This initiative targets experts living and/or working in low- and middle-income countries. Research4Life is designed to enhance the scholarship, teaching, research and policymaking of students, faculty, scientists, and specialists. It is a private-public partnership set up by the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International Labour Organization (ILO), Cornell and Yale Universities and the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers.

  • Currently the partnership has five programmes providing contents in the fields of health, legal information, agriculture, environment, applied sciences and other social science related disciplines: Hinari Access to Research for Health (Hinari), Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI) and Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI)

Who is eligible?

  • Universities and colleges, research institutes, professional schools, agriculture extension centres, government offices, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), hospitals and national libraries in eligible countries can benefit from this service. A list of eligible countries is available on

  • Local offices of international organizations are not eligible.

  • Individual membership is not allowed.

What do I need to do to register my institution?

Does IPBES grant access to Research4Life?

No. Research4Life will independently review the applications and determine eligibility for access. Once approved, institutions in Group A countries will be granted free access. Group B countries will be granted low-cost access. The latter will be granted a 6-month free trial period and will thereafter be required to pay USD 1500 per annum.

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