The research and healthcare communities are the foundations of a vital bridge between nations and people, and they are critical to drive innovation and societal progress. Against this backdrop, it is more important than ever to accelerate action that supports the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.  For the Elsevier Foundation this means funding and deep collaboration with our partners. It also means extensive in-kind contributions from Elsevier, who brings expert networks and convening power as well content, data, analytics to bear on our partnerships.

Since launch nearly two decades ago, we have worked to build a portfolio of partnerships supporting underrepresented researchers, librarians and health care professionals through role modeling, mentoring, raising their visibility and spotlighting their contributions.

Over the past two decades, we have built a portfolio of partnerships that support underrepresented researchers, librarians and health care professionals through role modeling, mentoring, raising their visibility and spotlighting their contributions.

It is by working in — and crucially with — communities most affected by complex global issues, and tapping Elsevier’s content, data, analytics and networks, that we believe we can have the most impact and bring much needed diverse perspectives into the research and health communities

Youngsuk “YS” Chi, President, The Elsevier Foundation
Ylann Schemm, Executive Director, The Elsevier Foundation
April 2024

Since 2005, the Elsevier Foundation contributes over $1.5 million a year to non-profit organizations through partnerships which incubate new approaches, highlight inequities and catalyze change toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Funded by Elsevier, a global information analytics company specializing in science and health, the Elsevier Foundation is part of Elsevier’s corporate responsibility program, and is able to leverage Elsevier’s funding, networks and unique insights in content, data, and analytics to expands its impact in gender, health, climate action and reduced inequalities.

The Elsevier Foundation also provides matching funds for donations to charitable organizations employees personally support to encourage their generosity and community involvement.

Our aim is to build equity and capacity in the health and research ecosystem, for an inclusive and sustainable future. Ultimately, we hope this leads them to new partners, scale up and system change.

Inclusive Health

Information technology can significantly advance the delivery
of healthcare for vulnerable populations.

Our partnerships support organizations working to improve health outcomes in underserved communities around the world.

Inclusive Research

The future of science requires a robust and diverse workforce
drawn from all corners of society.

Our partnerships support equity in research across gender, race and ethnicity, and the global South.


A unique public-private partnership between UN agencies,
universities and publishers, Research4Life aims to reduce the knowledge gap, stimulating productive and effective research, and promoting international collaborative research.

Research4Life is central to Elsevier’s goal of achieving universal access to research information. As a founding and driving partner, Elsevier contributes 15% of the peer reviewed resources in Research4Life, encompassing databases such as Science Direct, Scopus, Clinical Key, Mendeley and Embase. In addition, Elsevier provides in kind support through strategic, communications, research analytics and technical expertise.

The Elsevier Foundation contributes important resources to Research4Life's information literacy capacity building:

• Over $500,000 in grants to support training since 2008, including MOOCs and a total of 25 face-to-face training grants for librarians, and 90 training workshops in 40+ countries.

• Since 2022, the Elsevier Foundation supports Research4Life’s newly launched Country Connectors, addressing the need for local interventions to heighten awareness and strengthen capacity of information use and management, and to build communities of users within national and regional settings.

The Elsevier Foundation and Elsevier

Creating a healthy, equitable and environmentally sustainable world is the most pressing challenge of our time. It is vital that research is representative of all communities – designed, conducted, disseminated and implemented in a way that drives impact on the UN SDGs.

By using our high-quality content, innovative tools, data-led insights and convening power to enable progress on sustainability, we support research and health communities that contribute to an equitable and inclusive society.

The Elsevier Foundation forms an integral part of Elsevier’s corporate responsibility program, which centers on unique contributions to sustainable development in health, gender, reduced inequalities and climate.


The Elsevier Foundation is governed by a Board of 5 external and 6 Ex-Officio members. External Board members serve 3-year renewable terms and represent a broad range of expertise in sustainability, development, diversity, education, research and global health. Ex-Officio members are leaders within Elsevier and RELX who are deeply supportive of the Foundation’s mission. Board meetings provide strategic guidance on program priorities, new partnerships, emerging issues and best practices, as well as sound ethical, financial and legal governance.

On a day-to-day basis, the Elsevier Foundation is run by a small core team consisting of an Executive Director, Partnerships Director and Partnerships Manager, as well as a Communications Director who also oversees Elsevier's corporate responsibility programs, and specially appointed Treasurer, Legal Counsel and Advisors.

Our board members

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