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Download a pdf of HSC R&D Division funding structure (Aug 2016).

Also see our portfolio pages to view lists of funded research.



Health Research Analysis

The third report of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Health Research Analysis (2014) is now available to download.

This report builds on the basis of the previous analyses in 2004/05 and 2009/10 and has expanded to include 64 charitable and public funders of medical research in the UK, including HSC R&D Division.

As with previous reports, the data relates to a ‘snapshot’ of health research spend in 2014. However as the third in the series there is the opportunity to look at ongoing trends in research funding over the ten year reporting period.

Comparisons with expenditure on health research between 2009/10 and 2004/05 show how Northern Ireland has increased its spend on research that is closer to patients/service users. The greatest change in Northern Ireland’s spending profile is towards studies focused on evaluation of treatments.  This relates directly to strategically planned activity over the 5 years since the previous report, and reflects the growth in expenditure on the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network (NICRN) and NI Cancer Trials Network (NICTN).

Over the same 5 year period, UK funding for prevention research was doubled. This was an area identified in the 2004/05 report to be in need of expanding. The four UK Health Departments now all show a similar profile of research expenditure due, in part, to well-coordinated activities and joint initiatives.

Many other important comparisons are possible using the data, and the report will be a useful reference point for comparison with future monitoring data as it is collected.

Further information on the HRCS reports can be found here