Global research funders launch World Report tool to aid funding analysis

November / December 2016 | Volume 15, Number 6

Global research funders have launched an online database and mapping tool of research projects funded around the world. The interactive, open-access site depicts investments and partnerships from some of the largest biomedical research funders.

World Report
 worldreport.nih.gov

Screen capture of the World RePORT mapping tool, showing filtered list with marker on University of Liberia in Monrovia

World Report allows users to easily visualize international research activities
and partnered investments

Known as World Report, the website provides information by continent, country, funding organization, research organization and year. It includes funding data from 2012 to 2015, with annual updates planned. Research projects can be searched by keywords in their titles and abstracts, filtered by location (continent, country, or city), funding organization, research organization, principal investigator (PI) name, or any combination.

The project is intended to provide a public means to track international research activities and partnered investments, increase awareness of funding opportunities and share results with the broader research and funding community. In addition to providing information about direct awards, World Report also tracks indirect research activity, which often occurs in collaborations between the domestic research organizations and foreign institutions. The goal is to improve understanding of the research landscape, identify gaps in funding and areas where there might be a duplication of effort, and enable funders to more effectively synergize investments.

The site includes funding data from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMFG), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), European Commission (EC), European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, INSERM, Institut Pasteur, Max Planck Society, Medical Research Council (MRC), NIH, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Swedish Research Council and the Wellcome Trust (WT). It is hosted by NIH and managed by a steering committee of participants. It is supported by the BMFG, CIHR, EC, MRC, NIH and WT.

World Report Data

World Report includes research projects supported by the following funding organizations. Projects active in the indicated years are currently available in the database.

Funding Organization 2012 2013 2014 2015
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) X X X
Canadian Institutes of Health Research X X
European Commission (EC) X X X X
European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) X X X X
Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) X X
Institut Pasteur X X
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG) X X
Medical Research Council (MRC) X X X
National Institutes of Health (NIH) X X X X
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) X X X
Swedish Research Council (SRC) X
Wellcome Trust X X X

 

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