Important funding update

In 2021, we were informed that all core NIHR infrastructure funding for UK Cochrane Review Groups would cease on 31 March 2023, which includes PaPaS. Please see below for more information about how this affects our reviews.

For authors of protocols, reviews and updates already in development

We are committed to continuing to support the majority of titles already agreed and in process, through to publication. We are here to provide guidance to any authors whose reviews need to be supported into April 2023 and beyond.

For authors of reviews that are due to be (re)assessed for updating 

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to routinely commit to assessing reviews for updating, or start new updates. However, we are open to discussion with author teams if there is a strong reason for updating, for example there is new evidence which may change the conclusions in a high priority review, an experienced author team who can complete the update to a high standard, and secure funding to support the update. In these circumstances, we would be very happy to discuss the future of a particular title. Any title agreed would then be managed by Cochrane Central Editorial Service.

For authors planning on proposing a new title

We are no longer registering titles with our review group. If you would like to register a title, please register your interest with the Cochrane Central Editorial Service here: Editorial Manager®

We still have a lot of information to support you in creating your title proposal here: Review proposals | Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care

Contact us

If you have any concerns or questions, about particular reviews or any other issue raised here, please do Contact Us at any time. 

Future of Evidence Synthesis in Cochrane

A statement from Cochrane

In August 2021, Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) in the UK received confirmation from the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) informing them about the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) decision to cease all funding at the break-point in the current contract at the end of March 2023.  

Cochrane has benefited for many years from stable and committed funding in the UK, and for this we are extremely grateful to the NIHR and DHSC. We also appreciate the extended notice period that the NIHR has given Cochrane for this contract change, which allows us certainty on funding until that time. 

The world is changing in many ways, and Cochrane’s work is more important than ever. There is much to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic about how our community responded, but we also need to identify new ways to generate income so that we can remain sustainable in the context of increased competition and funding challenges.

Cochrane has therefore launched a programme of transformation for how we develop and publish evidence syntheses, and you can access recordings from a workshop series to explore a proposed new model. This programme aims to ensure that Cochrane can deliver evidence syntheses that:

  • meet the policy and practice priorities of key evidence-users and policy makers across health and social care;
  • are produced in an agile and flexible way, and respond to the evolving and changing needs of key evidence-users and policymakers;
  • deliver the required evidence in a timely manner;
  • are aligned with Cochrane’s Strategy for Change.

An updated plan on Cochrane’s future of evidence synthesis, that considers all information gathered during the consultation phase, will be published in early 2022.

During this period of transition for Cochrane, we would like to reassure all authors and editors involved in the production of Cochrane Reviews that our publication pipeline remains secure. We encourage all prospective authors interested in producing Cochrane Reviews to continue to submit new proposals and expressions of interest in updating reviews.

Cochrane’s current NIHR funding remains in place until the end of March 2023 and we will continue to fulfil our obligations to the funder by continuing to undertake high-quality systematic reviews to inform decision making. We are currently reviewing our pipeline of reviews in development and will be in touch with any authors where changes to existing arrangements for reviews are required. We also appreciate and would like to pass on our grateful thanks for the continued support from our Cochrane Review Group editors during this time of transition.

Cochrane remains a strong and vibrant global community delivering high quality evidence. We are changing to ensure we can continue to do that into the future, responding to key health and care questions and improving health outcomes for all.