UK Health Research Analysis

The first UK Health Research Analysis report, published in 2006, was the first ever national analysis of health research. It provides an overview of all types of health research activity across all areas of health and disease in the UK, funded by the largest government and charity health-related research funders. A bespoke Health Research Classification System (HRCS) was developed to allow meaningful comparisons to be made across the different funders’ research portfolios.

The second UK Health Research Report, published in 2012 compares what the funders spent on health research in 2004/2005 with the data from 2009/2010. This immediately highlights that direct spend on health research projects by these 12 organisations is 50% higher in real terms in 2009/2010 compared with 2004/2005.

The third report of the 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 this third volume to include 64 charitable and public funders of medical research in the UK.

As with previous reports, the data relates to a ‘snapshot’ of health research spend in 2014. However, as the third in the series we have the opportunity of ongoing trends in research funding over the ten year reporting period. The dataset for this report has now been released for public use on the HRCS Online website (please see useful links section on right).