An upgraded online database and mapping tool of global research investments has been relaunched. The new version of the interactive, open-access site for the first time depicts both direct and indirect awards supported by some of the world’s largest biomedical research funders. Known as World Report, the website provides information by continent, country, funding organization, research organization and year. It has been updated to include funding data from 2016 and its archive of information goes back to 2012. Research projects can be searched by keywords in titles and abstracts, filtered by location (continent, country or city), funding organization, research organization, principal investigator name, or any combination.
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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. 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, France's INSERM, Institut Pasteur, Max Planck Society, U.K's 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, and is supported by the BMFG, CIHR, EC, MRC, NIH and WT.