Financial Sources

Funding for the coordination of the MOBI-Kids study was obtained from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreements number 226873 and 603794, and from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MINECO).

Additional funding for the conduct of the project at the national level is provided by the sources listed below:


- Australian participation in MOBI-Kids was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council with a five-year research grant (grant number: 546130).


- Austrian participation in MOBI-Kids was partly supported by a grant from the Ministry of Science.


- In Canada, participation in MOBI-Kids was supported by a university-industry partnership grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), reference number 110835, with the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) serving as the industrial partner. CWTA provides technical information on wireless telecommunications in Canada and facilitates access to billing records from Canadian network operators, but has no involvement in the design, conduct, analysis, or interpretation of the MOBI-KIDS study.


- French participation was also supported by the French National Agency for Sanitary Safety of Food, Environment and Labour (ANSES, contract FSRF2008-3), French National Cancer Institute (INCa), Pfizer Foundation and League against cancer.


- The German study centre received additional funding from the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) under grant number 3609S30010.


- In Greece, the study was partially supported by the Hellenic Society for Social Pediatrics and Health Promotion, ELKE (Special Account for Research Grants of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and GGET (General Secretariat for Research and Technology).


- Mobi-Kids India was supported by Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS, sanction no: 2013/38/01-BRNS).


- Italian participation was partially supported by a Ministry of Health grant (RF-2009-1546284).


- Mobi-Kids Japan was supported by Research on biological electromagnetic environment (Grant Number: 0155‐0107) of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Japan.

- Exposure assessment work at Tokyo Metropolitan University was supported by Research on biological electromagnetic environment (Grant Number: 0155-0105) of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Japan


- MOBI-Kids Korea was supported by the ICT R&D program (2017-0-00961 and 2019-0-00102) of MSIT/IITP, Korea.


- New Zealand participation was supported by the Health Research Council (HRC 12/380) and Cure Kids (grant number 3536).


- The Netherland’s participation in MOBI-KIDS was partly supported by The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) within the program Electromagnetic Fields and Health Research under grant number 85800001, and by the ODAS foundation, a private foundation supporting activities in the field of pediatric oncology and visual disabilities.


- In Spain, additional funding was obtained from the Spanish Health Research Fund (FIS) of the National Institute for Health Carlos III, and from the Junta de Andalucía, Consejería de Salud. Proyecto PI-0317-2010. ISGlobal also acknowledges support from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities through the “Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa 2019-2023” Program (CEX2018-000806-S), support from the Generalitat de Catalunya through the CERCA Program and support from the Secretariat of Universities and Research of the Department of Business and Knowledge of the Generalitat of Catalonia through AGAUR (the Catalan Agency for Management of University and Research Grants) (Project   2017 SGR 1487).

** Please note that there are strong barriers in place to preserve the study’s intellectual independence.
In a letter from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunication Association to the Canadian Institute of Health Research Committee, it specifies:

“In order to ensure that MOBI-KIDS is conducted independently of commercial interests of our organization, it is important that, other than providing technical information upon request, CWTA will not be directly involved with the conduct of the study. As was the case with INTERPHONE, CWTA will not be involved in any way in the design, conduct, analysis or interpretation of the MOBI-KIDS study, and will not see study results until they appear in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.  CWTA has restricted its role to that of an advisor on technical matters such as these, and a facilitator between the research team and cell phone carriers. In doing so, CWTA is able to contribute financially and technically to the resolution of risk issues relating to cellular phones and wireless technologies in young people, while remaining independent of the epidemiological research on the potential health risks of radiofrequency fields undertaken by the research team.”

Signed by Bernard Lord, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Wireless Telecommunication Association