Current and previous funders

Academy of Medical Educators

The Academy of Medical Educators has funded a review on education and training for medical education supervisors in secondary care.

Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research

The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research is a partnership hosted and administered by WHO.

Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children's and Young People's Services

The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services (C4EO) has funded reviews undertaken both by the EPPI Centre and with EPPI Centre support.





Cochrane Collaboration

The EPPI Centre was funded by the Cochrane Collaboration’s ‘Opportunities Fund’ to develop methods for searching for research data that had previously been considered ‘hard-to-find’. The focus is on low and middle income countries.

Danish Clearinghouse for Educational Research

The Danish Clearinghouse uses EPPI-Reviewer and supports its development.



Department for Children, Schools and Families (now Department for Education)

The EPPI Centre has been funded by the DCSF to be a centre for evidence-informed policy and practice in education. It aims to provide a resource for those wishing to undertake systematic reviews of educational research, and for those wishing to use reviews to inform policy and practice.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The DCMS has funded a review on the drivers, value and benefits of engaging in culture and sport.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra has funded a review on encouraging more pro-environmental behaviour amongst Small and medium-sized enterprises.

Department for International Development

DfID has commissioned the EPPI Centre to conduct systematic reviews and to support research teams elsewhere prepare systematic reviews addressing questions important to DFID offices. The aim is to embrace all public policy sectors to provide evidence for national governments, international aid organisations, non-governmental organisations, regional and local policy-makers, practitioners, service users and the wider public.


Department for Work and Pensions

The DWP is a UK government department with an active programme of research. The EPPI Centre has provided technical support for a review by the Institute for Employment Studies in Sussex on the impact of education for those with basic skills and not working, though available for work. The DWP has commissioned the EPPI Centre to conduct a series of systematic reviews and rapid evidence assessments in the area of employment.


Department of Health

The longest-running stream of EPPI Centre work has been funded by the Department of Health since 1995. Over the past decade, the Department of Health has continued to fund a programme of work at the EPPI Centre with successive grants for the preparation of systematic reviews, the provision of an enquiry service, critical appraisal workshops, methodological development and support for the Cochrane Field. In addition to this ongoing programme, the DH has also commissioned the EPPI Centre to carry out 'one-off' reviews.



Economic and Social Research Council

The ESRC has funded the Methods for Research Synthesis programme of the National Centre for Research Methods and a Teaching and Learning Research Programme project on fit-for-purpose research. The EPPI Centre has also played an active part in several ESRC-funded Research Development Initiatives, working with colleagues both at the University of Durham and the Social Research Association.


European Commission

The EC funds the Evidence Informed Policy In Education in Europe (EIPEE) project and Evidence Informed Policy and Practice in Education in Europe (EIPPEE) project to inform further work by the EC in this area. The projects aims are to identify: the range of activities (both formal and informal) that are used across Europe for linking research and policy making in education; and any studies that have examined the link between research and policy making in education in Europe.


Government Social Research Service

The Government Social Research Service is based in the UK Treasury (it was in the Cabinet Office until early 2006). It provides strategic leadership to the Government Social Research service and supports it in delivering an effective service. The EPPI Centre contributes a module on research synthesis to an MSc in Policy Analysis and Evaluation run by GSRU and the Institute of Education. We have also been commissioned to undertake rapid systematic evidence assessments for GSRU and have helped design a toolkit for rapid evidence assessments, available on the GSR website.

HM Revenue and Customs

HMRC uses EPPI-Reviewer and supports its development.



Home Office

The Home Office has one of the largest research sections of UK government departments. Many of these research staff have been on EPPI Centre courses provided for the Government Social Research Service. We have also been commissioned to undertake a systematic review of research on juvenile offenders.




Joint Information Systems Committee

JISC has funded two projects relating to EPPI Centre work. The first is to assist the National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM) to develop text mining tools to support systematic reviews. The EPPI Centre is the ‘user’ on this project. The second project is for the EPPI Centre and NaCTeM to collaborate on the development of a search engine for the UK Educational Evidence Portal. We aim to develop and evaluate an innovative search engine – using text mining – for a portal of education evidence, relevant to education practitioners and policy-makers.


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Learning and Teaching Support Network

The Generic Centre of the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN) commissioned the EPPI Centre to review the research evidence on the effectiveness of Personal Development Planning (PDP). Further funding was provided to develop this work to produce a searchable database of PDP studies based in higher education institutions in the UK.  The LTSN is now part of the Higher Education Academy.




Ministry of Justice

When part of the Department for Constitutional Affairs, the Ministry of Justice commissioned the EPPI Centre to train government staff in critical appraisal of research. The work of the ministry spans criminal, civil and family justice, democracy, rights and the constitution.

National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford

The Unit has funded a review of the barriers to and facilitators of uptake of antenatal care by disadvantaged women.



National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

We have collaborated with other universities into reviews of effectiveness and barriers in mental health services; smokefree strategies; and acute and obstetric services, funded by NICE. 


NIHR Service Delivery and Organization programme

The National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation (NIHR SDO) programme has funded a review on the effectiveness of commissioning in the public sector.


NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme

The HTA programme is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It produces independent research information about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS. The HTA programme has funded work on patient and public involvement as well as systematic reviews in the area of sexual health (with colleagues at the University of Southampton).


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Nuffield Foundation

The Foundation has support a review group on speech and language at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, with technical support from the EPPI Centre. It has also funded a biography of Barbara Wootton.

School of Health Sciences, City University, London

The School uses EPPI-Reviewer and supports its development.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE has funded a review of qualitative literature on NICE/SCIE public health guidance on the physical and emotional health and well-being of looked-after children and young people.

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Training and Development Agency for Schools

The EPPI Centre was commissioned by the Training and Development Agency (formerly the Teacher Training Agency) to manage a series of reviews related to initial teacher training.




Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust works in the UK and internationally to support and promote research to improve the health of humans and animals. The Wellcome Trust has funded the EPPI Centre to conduct a review investigating factors affecting young people’s school subject choices.


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