Research Management: Funders, Universities & Research Organizations

Identify Database

Track & Manage Research More Effectively

Spend Time Fulfilling Your Mission – Not Wrangling Your Data

Effective tracking and management of grants and research activity depends on multiple systems and increasing amounts of data.

Ringgold ensures your data is fit for purpose: standardized, interoperable, and suitable for decision support. Organizations play multiple roles in any grants or research database: funders, affiliations of grantees, research labs, publishers, and more. Ringgold’s Identify Database covers them all, providing you with a curated global reference file of 500,000 organizations active in research and scholarship. A solid data foundation, with structured organizational entity records, can ensure you spend your energies on fulfilling your mission – not wrangling data.


Identify allows you to normalize and enhance your data so that you can:

  • Track & manage research & grants more efficiently

  • Demonstrate compliance with funder mandates

  • Inform evidence-based decision making

  • Implement efficient workflows for grantees & administrators

  • Enable collaboration & sharing of information across your organization

  • Build a solid data foundation for future stakeholders and researchers

Identify: A Singular Resource

Identify aims to be a complete reference database of organizations to support master data management:

  500,000 organizations with hierarchies


  All countries


  All industry sectors including academic, corporate, hospitals, non-profit, and government


  New records added to accommodate the needs of our clients


  Curated & updated


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Ringgold Organization Identifier  
  • Unique numerical ID to disambiguate each organization
  • Facilitates linking between systems
  • Links to ISNI, IPEDS, NCES, Open Funder Registry IDs
Geographic & Demographic Metadata  
  • Up to 25 pieces of structured data: Location, Subjects, Tiers, Industry Sector, Size, and more
  • Augments understanding of each organization
  • Powers multifaceted analysis
Parent / Child Links  
  • The most complete hierarchical structures available
  • Reveal connections between related organizations such as departments and universities, subsidiaries, government agencies.
  • Enables reporting at any level of an organization


Get Started
License options: Annual subscription or perpetual use licenses are available. Fees are based on the size of your organization

Delivery formats: Identify Database licenses include access to support a variety of workflows & implementations

  • Local hosting: complete database or delta files delivered weekly
  • API / webservice
  • Identify Online interface

Get the most out of Identify with our Supporting Services

Identify Audit Service: Let Ringgold's experts normalize & enrich your data. More information >>

Validate Service: The fastest way to request a new Identify master record and Ringgold ID. More information >>

Proposals and pricing are available upon consultation.

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Ringgold: A Trusted Data Partner

Since 2005, Identify has been adopted by more than 80 association & scholarly publishers, universities, and organizations active in science and research. See our Client List >>