What is Research4Life?

Research4Life is the collective name for five programmes – Hinari, AGORA, OARE, ARDI and GOALI – that provide developing countries with free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.


Research4Life is a public-private partnership of WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, ILO, Cornell and Yale Universities, the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers and up to 160 international publisher partners. The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to scholarly, professional and research information.

Since 2002, the five programs – Research for Health (Hinari), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE), Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) and Research for Global Justice (GOALI) – have provided researchers at more than 10,000 institutions in over 120 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to up 119,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, applied sciences and legal information.

  • UN agencies working in unison
  • Providing more than 120 countries, areas and territories in the developing world free or low-cost access
  • Content from up to 180 publishers
  • Latest technology support
  • More than 10,000 institutions registered
  • Up to 119,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases available online
  • All stakeholders committed to support the programs at least until 2025
  • Ongoing plan to address the challenges and ensure a long-term legacy of research in developing countries

Closing the knowledge gap

The concept of Research4Life is simple: research in health, agriculture and the environment is better informed when it is based on the most recent, high quality and relevant scientific knowledge. Research4Life applies this, delivering knowledge to the world’s poorest countries.

Research4Life is empowering universities, colleges, research institutes and government ministries as well as non-governmental agencies and hospitals, with access to scientific knowledge that was never before imagined.

Research4Life is a partnership that functions entirely on the basis of good will. If you have resources that could add to the development of the Research4Life initiative, please contact: r4l@research4life.org