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Through all our research and teaching activities, we seek to contribute to the public good by generating a richer and deeper understanding of life online. This contribution would be impossible without the generosity of our institutional and individual supporters, as well as support from research councils and private sector organisations. It is they who enable us to fulfil our potential and extend our work globally to meet the challenges of the digital future.

However with every success we aspire to go further. We need to expand our coverage of the most pressing digital social issues and we would like to add new resources in emerging areas where research is sorely needed. To achieve all this we need new friends and partners who share our vision and our drive to explore the internet from every angle.

Support for Research. We welcome partnerships to help us accelerate our research output in the areas where we are an indisputable pace-setter. We also welcome partners to support new work in important topics that are currently under-explored by scholars and practitioners, worldwide.

Support for Faculty. Our work is driven forward by talented Research Fellows who tackle their topics in full collaboration with OII colleagues. To deliver ground-breaking research, we seek support for early- and mid-career academics to join our teams exploring specific topics over delineated time periods.

Support for Students. Our graduate programmes are designed to train future leaders in academia, business and policymaking. Support for scholarships enables us to offer places to the brightest candidates and gives young scholars the means to fulfil their full academic potential during their time with us.

How to support our work

There are a number of ways in which individuals, groups and businesses can support the work and mission of the OII. We would be excited to discuss such opportunities with any new parties interested in supporting our important work.

To discuss opportunities to work with us, please contact Mark Malbas, Head of Strategic Relationships and Policy Engagement.

To simply make a donation, please visit our campaign page on the Oxford Thinking website.

Our founding in 2001 was made possible by the benefaction of The Shirley Foundation. One of the UK’s first major IT entrepreneurs, with a deep personal and professional interest in the social and ethical questions raised by the Internet’s growth, Dame Stephanie recognized the opportunity for the University of Oxford to assume a position of global leadership in this significant field of research. Additional core funding was provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

We receive research funding from bodies such as charities, foundations, research councils and industry. Further details can be found on our projects pages.

The department’s income for 2018-19 came from the following sources:

  1. The largest single source was teaching income from tuition fees (51%) relating to our 3 postgraduate courses;
  2. Research overheads (34%) from projects awarded by bodies such as charities, foundations, research councils and industry;
  3. Other income (15%) relating to activity other than teaching and research for which we are grateful for support from the following:
      • Activision Central Tech
      • Alan Turing Institute
      • Amersi Foundation
      • Auckland University of Technology
      • Balliol College
      • Berggruen Institute
      • British Council
      • Council of Europe
      • Deloitte LLP
      • European Commission
      • Facebook Inc
      • FOI – Swedish Defence Research Agency
      • Google Ireland Limited
      • Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
      • ING Bank N.V.
      • Institute for Philanthropy
      • Maximilian Universitaet Muenchen
      • Microsoft Research
      • Microsoft Corporation
      • NATO Stratcom Centre of Excellence
      • Optic Technology
      • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD
      • Outsource Global Technologies Limited
      • PHBS UK
      • Policy Studies Organization
      • Robertson Foundation
      • Seton Hall University
      • Tata Consultancy Services
      • University of Copenhagen

List correct as at 31 July 2019.  Updated in August each year.