2019 Highlights

Representing 84 nonprofit funders having invested nearly $14 billion in biomedical research and training, the Health Research Alliance is focused on speeding the translation of biomedical science into applications that improve health, and in identifying and adopting effective practices in funding health research.

Throughout 2019, HRA created opportunities that brought together diverse perspectives and a broad range of experiences and expertise needed to tackle its members’ shared challenges. From creating safe and trusted space for candid discussion to identifying best practices, HRA provided value by:

  • fostering open communication and collaboration among and between funders and the broader research community.
  • collecting and sharing comprehensive data and analysis about nonprofit funding for biomedical research and training.
  • providing leadership, knowledge, tools, and opportunities to promote innovative and effective grantmaking.
  • addressing issues key to accelerating research discovery and its translation.

At HRA, we are steadfast in our commitment to maximizing the impact of biomedical research and we believe that collaboration is not only key – but may be the only real way to get us there. This is why we were so thrilled to convene our first-of-its-kind workshop focused on making collaboration happen among HRA members. In addition, below you will find curated highlights of our work this past year.

We thank you for working with us and we look forward to an even more productive and collaborative 2020!


Maryrose Franko

What we’ve heard from our members

HRA creates a space and mechanism that fosters interactions and relationship building between peer funders.”

At HRA workshops, participants are willing to share honestly about their organizations’ struggles and thought process for decisionmaking.”

Health Research Alliance members continue to turn to this network to enable, enhance, and expand their efforts to:

In-Person Meeting     Webinars    Program Activities

Support biomedical research and evaluate impact

Build a diverse and engaged research workforce

Work with research institutions more effectively

Shape and advance open science policies