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

We are proud of the strong relationships we’ve built with our existing funders and are delighted to publicly acknowledge their support. We always seek to engage our sponsors in the department’s activities and would be excited to discuss such opportunities with any new parties interested in supporting our important work.

To discuss opportunities to support our work, please contact Dr Victoria Nash, Deputy Director ( Tel: +44 (0)1865 287210.

We participate in Oxford Thinking, the University-wide campaign to support the future of the University of Oxford’s teaching, research and physical infrastructure.

Key funders

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 are also grateful for additional support from the following:

Afilias, AOL, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Australian Research Council, BBC World Service Trust, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bradley Foundation, British Academy, British Library, British Telecommunications plc, Bwin, Cabinet Office, Cisco Systems, City of London, Danish Council for Strategic Research (DSF), Design and Arts Copyright Society, European Commission (EC), eHarmony, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), Fondation Philippe Wiener-Maurice Anspach, Ford Foundation, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Google, Health Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), ITV, John Fell OUP Research Fund, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), McArthur Foundation, McKinsey and Company, National Institute for Health Research, NERC (Natural Environmental Research Council), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Nominet Trust, Nuffield Foundation, O2 (Telefónica UK Limited), Oak Foundation, OECD Development Centre, Ofcom, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Oriental Power Holding Ltd, Oxford Martin School, Policy Studies Organization (PSO), Research Councils UK (RCUK), Research Information Network (RIN), Rockefeller Foundation, Royal Academy of Engineering, Scottish and Southern Energy Plc, Talisma Limited, UNESCO, University of Siegen, Virgin Media.