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New funding data available in World Report mapping tool

November / December 2018 | Volume 17, Number 6

Shreenshot of World Report showing direct award linked to 5 collaborations at research sites around the world
Image courtesy of World Report

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

Information about research activities supported in 2017 by a number of international funding organizations is now available online in World Report, an open-access, interactive mapping database.

In addition, two case studies have been posted that demonstrate how the data can be used. A report by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) uses World Report to measure how much HPV-related research is being funded around the globe. In another, the website malaria.com examines the types and locations of malaria research being supported by the donors represented in World Report.

The database now includes about 300,000 records that depict funding data from 2012 through 2017. Users can search projects by using keywords and filter them by location, funding organization, research body, principal investigator or any combination. Data can also be exported.

World Report provides 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. Its 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.

World Report is hosted by the NIH and managed by a steering committee of participant organizations. It is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the European Commission, the NIH, the U.K.’s Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.

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