WHO Global Observatory on Health R&D: latest analysis on grants from major health funders

16 June, 2019

Hi Neil & HIFA Colleagues,

I'm forwarding the following [see below] to HIFA at the request of WHO's Global Observatory on Health R&D.

The visualizations are interactive and well worth exploring if you're a policy maker, funder or researcher involved in Health R&D - there are several other visualizations within the Observatory's pages besides the two listed in the message.

If users discover interesting findings that may interest other HIFA forum members, perhaps they'd like to share those here? This may generate further interesting and valuable discussion!



HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development (www.globalbiomedia.co.uk). She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group. www.hifa.org/people/steering-group www.hifa.org/people/social-media www.hifa.org/support/members/julie Email: naimareza AT hotmail.com


New analysis from the WHO Global Observatory on Health R&D <https://www.who.int/research-observatory/en/> shows the distribution of grants for biomedical research by major funders, using the data of the World RePORT <https://worldreport.nih.gov/app/#!/> platform.

* Almost three quarters of all grants in 2016 were for noncommunicable diseases (72%; 40,035), followed by communicable, maternal, perinatal and nutritional conditions (20%; 11,123) and injuries (6%; 3,056 <https://www.who.int/research-observatory/monitoring/inputs/world_report/...).

* 96% (6,669) of direct grants that resulted in collaborations had been awarded to recipients in high income countries. Of these, the majority (75.8%; 14,617) of collaborations were with others in high-income countries. <https://www.who.int/research-observatory/monitoring/inputs/world_report_...

To see more findings or to answer other questions of your own, explore these two interactive data visualizations:

1. Number of grants for health research by funder, type of grant, duration, health category and recipients (World RePORT)<https://www.who.int/research-observatory/monitoring/inputs/world_report/...

2. Collaborations (between institutions) that resulted from grants for health research (World RePORT)<https://www.who.int/research-observatory/monitoring/inputs/world_report_...

This information will be of interest to policy makers, funders and researchers. It will help funders of health research explore how best to increase efficiency, coordinate investments, contribute to capacity for health research and focus on areas where there are needs and gaps.

· Check also the WHO Global Health R&D Observatory<https://www.who.int/research-observatory/en/> for updates on the R&D profiles by disease or condition<https://www.who.int/research-observatory/analyses/en/>, with new sections on WHO target product profiles<https://www.who.int/research-observatory/analyses/tpp/en/> and digital health research<https://www.who.int/research-observatory/analyses/digitalhealth/en/>; as well as updated data visualizations<https://www.who.int/research-observatory/viz_index/en/> and analyses, e.g., on clinical trials<https://www.who.int/research-observatory/monitoring/processes/clinical_t.... Also, don’t miss the databases and resources<https://www.who.int/research-observatory/resources/en/> section, which continues to add links to relevant online resources such as Country research information platforms<https://www.who.int/research-observatory/resources/databases/crosscuttin....

WHO Global Health R&D Observatory: https://www.who.int/research-observatory/en/

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