Funders

We are incredibly grateful for our funders' support over the years, which has made this venture possible. While V-Dem accepts contributions from a wide range of sources, we value our academic freedom and integrity deeply. Hence, we only collaborate with funders which respect our independence and acknowledge that data collection, processing, research, or analyses are conducted according to V-Dem protocols and methods. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Below we list all funders and which type of activities they have been funding.

Once again, we would like to extend a big thank you to all our funders!

 

Funding from Hosting Institution:

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University of Gothenburg

  • Funding for research assistance, data collection, conferences, project management, co-funding on many research infrastructure and research grants. Total SEK 48 million. Duration: 2011-today. 
 
Funders of V-Dem Research Programs:
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

  • Funding to V-Dem research programs. Final report here (only in Swedish). Duration: 2014-2019. ~37% of total research funding.

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European Research Council

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Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation

  • “Wallenberg Academy Fellowship for Staffan I. Lindberg”, Duration: 2014-2025. ~16% of total research funding. 
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Swedish Research Council

  • Funding to the research program “Varieties of Democracy”. Duration 2013-2016. ~6% of total research funding.
  • Special grant for Professor Ellen Lust for her newly developed Governance and Local Development (GLD) project as well as for V-Dem: four PhD students and five Postdocs. Duration: 2015-2025. ~19% of total research funding.
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National Science Foundation

  • Research on institutions and human development. Duration: 2014-2016 ~3% of total research funding.
 

 

Total funding for V-Dem Research Programs: SEK 100 million (excluding co-funding).

 
Funders of V-Dem Research Infrastructure & Data Collection:
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Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame

  • Co-funding and funding of research assistance, data collection, conferences, fundraising, project management, developing the questionnaire, developing the initial research database, website, and first online data analysis tools, validating the first data for Latin America, identifying potential country experts, doing some preliminary A-coding, and employing a full-time administrator. Duration: 2011-2015.
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Swedish Research Council

  • Data collection for Historical V-Dem, covering 91 polities and 250 V-Dem indicators 1789-1920. Duration: 2014-2019. ~ 50% of total data collection funding for the historical data collection. 
  • Data collection for 350+ V-Dem indicators across several data updates for 30 countries, 2017-2020. ~5% of total data collection funding.
  • Design of new indicators, research and data collection for the Varieties of Autocracies project. Duration 2018-2022. ~7% of total data collection funding.
  • Funding for V-Dems participation in Demscore.
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Research Council of Norway

  • Data collection and computer programming for the pilot study. Duration 2012. ~1% of total data collection funding.
  • Data collection for Historical V-Dem, covering 91 polities and 250 V-Dem indicators 1789-1920. Duration: 2014-2019. ~ 50% of total data collection funding for the historical data collection.
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European Commission

  • Data collection for 350+ indicators 1900-2012 for 40 countries, development of online graphing tools, and country reports. Duration: 2012-2013. ~6% of total data collection funding.
  • Data collection for 450+ indicators across several data updates for 21 countries, thematic reports, and development of online graphing interface. Duration: 2015-2022. ~11% of total data collection funding.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden

  • Pilot study with data collection in 12 countries, website construction, computer programming. Duration 2011-2012. ~2% of total data collection funding.
  • Data collection for 350+ indicators 1900-2012 for 47 countries. Duration: 2013-2014. ~9% of total data collection funding.
  • Data collection on Covid-19 measures and demcracy, more details here. Duration: 2020. ~3% of total data collection funding.
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

  • End-of-Pilot-Phase conference. Duration: 2011. ~1% of total data collection funding.
  • Pilot Phase activities. Duration 2011. ~1% of total data collection funding.
  • Networking grant, capacity building and conferences. Duration: 2013. ~2% of total data collection funding.
  • Data collection, IT programming, developments of data collection infrastructure. Duration: 2017-2019. ~10% of total data collection funding.
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Marcus and Marianne Wallenberg Foundation

  • Data collection for 450+ indicators, several data updates for 23 countries. Duration: 2016-2021. ~7% of total data collection funding.
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Mo Ibrahim Foundation

  • Data collection for 450+ indicators across several data updates for 10 countries. Duration: 2017-2019. ~5% of total data collection funding.
  • Data collection for 450+ indicators across several data updates for 180 countries. Duration: 2020-2022. ~3% of total data collection funding.
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The World Bank

  • Expert coded data collection on elite dynamics for 12 countries. Duration: 2015-2016. ~1% of total data collection funding.
  • Design of and data collection for indicators on exclusion for 180 countries, 1900-2017. Duration: 2018-2019. ~ 4% of total data collection funding.
  • Data collection for 180 countries across +450 indicators, 2017-2021. ~1% of total data collection funding.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden & International IDEA

  • Data collection for 350+ indicators 2013-2014 for 35 countries, capacity building and 30 country briefs. Duration: 2014-2015. ~3% of total data collection funding.
  • Data collection for 450+ indicators 2015-2016 for ten countries and IT developments of online graphing tool. Duration: 2015. ~2% of total data collection funding.
 

Development, Institutions, and Public Policy Research Group

  • Funding for data collection for Digital Society Indicators. Duration: 2020-2022. ~4% of total data collection funding.
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European Research Council via University of Glasgow

  • Funding for data collection on 'regimes'. Duration: 2021-2022. ~3% of total data collection funding.
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Independent Research Fund Denmark

  • Data collection for 350+ indicators 1900-2012 for 19 European Countries. Duration: 2012-2014. ~2% of total data collection funding.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark

  • Data collection for 350+ indicators 1900-2012 for 14 countries. Duration 2012-2013. ~2% of total data collection funding.
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Aarhus University/Independent Research Fund Denmark

  • Data collection for 350+ indicators for 11 countries. Duration: 2015. ~1% of total data collection funding. 
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Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

  • Data collection for 350+ indicators 1900-2012 for 10 countries. Duration 2012. ~1% of total data collection funding. 
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Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos

  • Data collection for 450+ indicators for one country (Portugal) across several data updates. Duration: 2015-2021. ~1% of total data collection funding.
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Open Society Foundation

  • Data collection for 450+ indicators across 180 countries. Duration: 2019-2021. ~1% of total data collection funding.
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Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

  • Funding for data collection on regime support groups. Duration: 2020-2021. ~1% of total data collection funding.
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Quality of Government Institute

  • Data collection for 350+ indicators 1900-2012 for 3 countries. Duration: 2013. ~1% of total data collection funding.
 

Total funding to build and sustain the research infrastructure as well as to conduct yearly data collection updates 2012-today: SEK 70 million (excluding cofunding).

 
Funders of ‘Other Activities’:
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Facebook

  • The Digital Society Project subcontracted to V-Dem to collect data for the World Social Media Survey. Duration: 2019-2020. ~ 51% of total funding for ‘Other activities’ and 1% of V-Dem’s total funding.
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Open Society Foundation

  • Organization of “The State of Democracy in Europe: Challenges and Solutions” conference in 2019 and analytical work. Duration: 2018-2020.14% of total funding for ‘Other activities’.
  • Networking and capacity building with focus on junior female researchers. Duration: 2018-2020.3% of total funding for ‘Other activities’.
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European Commission

  • Funding for the project "The Case for Democracy", including a series of webinars and policy briefs. ~ 6% of total funding for ‘Other activities’.
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USAID/CEPPS/IRI

  • Data portraits, regional analyses and analytical papers published by USAID, and support to build four new graphing tools to the V-Dem website.
  • Development of forecasting tools were made possible by support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

 Duration: 2018. ~ 5% of total funding for ‘Other activities’.

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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

  • Funding for the conference "Initiation of the Varieties of Autocracies project". Duration: 2017.~ 3% of total funding for ‘Other activities’.
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Open Government Partnership

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Andrónico Luksic Grants Program

  • This program was jointly administered by the University of Notre Dame and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. It funded a validation and networking workshop with Regional Managers and Country Coordinators. Duration: 2013. ~1% of total funding for ‘Other activities’. 

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B-Team

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Böll Stiftung

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German Development Institute

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The Kellogg Institute for International Studies

  • Organizing a "Democracy Working Group" at Kellogg Institute, including data launch workshops. Duration: 2016. 1% of total for other activities funding.
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Nucleus for the Study of Stateness and Democracy in Latin America

  • Funding to Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to organise validation and networking workshop with Regional Managers and Country Coordinators. Duration: 2013. 1% of total funding for ‘Other activities’.
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Pan-American Development Foundation

  • Funding to University of Notre Dame for "Initiative for Global Development". Duration: 2016. 1% of total for other activities funding.
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The World Bank

  • Research paper on accountability as well as development of framework to map accountability, including design of indices. Duration: 2015-2016. 2% of total funding for ‘Other activities’.
 

Total funding for 'other activities': 13 million SEK (excluding co-funding).

 

Again, thank you for your support!