The research platform KORA (Cooperative Health Research in the Augsburg Region) was initiated and funded by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health, which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the State of Bavaria. Further project-related funding comes from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the European Union (e.g. EU Framework Programs) and the Bavarian State Ministry for Health and Care (StMGP). Grants from foundations and funding from scientific cooperation partners also contribute to KORA research.