What is the Frank H. Allen International Research and Education (FAIRE) Programme? 


The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) is dedicated to advancing structural chemistry around the world and established the Frank H. Allen International Research and Education Programme (FAIRE) to help support research and education in underrepresented communities. FAIRE award grants cover the cost of campus-level access to CSD-Enterprise for three years for researchers in parts of the world with demonstrable need.

Recipients are asked to provide a summary of usage information annually for the duration of the FAIRE award and a summary of research or education uses of the CSD-Enterprise software at least once during the three-year period.  Researchers may re-apply after three years to secure continuing support.  

Our mission

To ensure that all researchers and educators can access the wealth of information contained within the CSD and to enable scientists to pursue new avenues of structural chemistry research.

 Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible?

  • Eligibility applies to academic researchers in the countries on this list who can demonstrate financial need.

How can I apply?

How long will the FAIRE award last?

  • An award will cover contributions for three years. We ask that if you secure funds from your institution or another granting agency that covers access to the CSD, you begin making contributions for the CSD-Enterprise license.

What usage information will I need to provide?

  • We ask that you let us know the number of students and faculty who are active or occasional users of the CSD-Enterprise software and what schools or departments benefit from the software. Additionally, we ask that you provide a list of all publications resulting from work done with the CSD and its applications.

What else do I need to do?

  • FAIRE award recipients must cite the CSD and acknowledge the programme in any publications that result as a use of CSD-Enterprise. Recipients are encouraged to provide a summary of research or educational experiences with the CSD for posting on our blog, news site or social media channels. We ask that recipients provide at least one summary during the three years of the award.

Can I request a grant to cover my use of GOLD?

  • Yes. The FAIRE awards cover access to all of the applications included in CSD-Enterprise.