How can we make research more inclusive of the Global South?Since we first launched our programs back in 2006, inclusive research with a geographic and a gender lens has been one of the Elsevier Foundation’s prime drivers. All research, but especially research to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals, benefits greatly from South-South and South-North collaboration with greater balance among researchers.  The Elsevier Foundation works through partnerships to drive this effort, applying increasingly intersectional perspectives to our programs.  

The world is at a defining moment, emerging from a global pandemic, plagued by inflation and experiencing dramatic changes to our ecosystems. It is critical that all actors contribute actively to the SDGs through their areas of greatest strength.

For the Elsevier Foundation this means funding and deep collaboration with our partners. It also means extensive in-kind contributions from Elsevier who bring their expert networks and convening power as well content, data, analytics to bear on our partnerships.

Through these means, we will continue to carefully review and calibrate our strategy for maximum impact, shaping unique intersectional partnerships to support more inclusive research and health communities.

Youngsuk “YS” Chi
President, The Elsevier Foundation
April 2023

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. In 2023, we look forward to sharing our new theory of change and purpose build strategy for the road ahead.

Ylann Schemm, Executive Director, The Elsevier Foundation

Ylann Schemm, Executive Director, The Elsevier Foundation

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 through the innovative use of health information.

Inclusive Research

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

Our programs advance women in science, encourage underserved youth to choose STEM careers, and widen access to academic knowledge for scientists in developing countries.


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:

• Ylann Schemm, Director of the Elsevier Foundation, has worked with Research4Life since 2009 and served as immmediate past Chair of Research4Life’s Executive Council.

• 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.

• In 2022, the Elsevier Foundation supported Research4Life’s newly launched Country Connectors project, aiming to address 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

Science, research and innovation are fundamental to achieving the sustainable and equitable future envisaged by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. With an ambitious 2030 target, there are only 10 years left to accelerate action and drive positive change.

From Elsevier’s publishing portfolios and analytics capabilities, to supporting unique partnerships and working with the global research and health communities, we believe that it is possible to achieve significant progress towards the Goals.

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. The President of the Board, YoungSuk ‘YS’ Chi, presides over the Board meetings, which provides 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 a Director, Partnerships Director and Coordinator, 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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