“Similarities and Differences in Philanthropic and Federal Support for Medical Research in the United States: An Analysis of Funding by Nonprofits in 2006-2008”, was published in the November 2012 issue of the journal Academic Medicine. The article, authored by Elizabeth Myers, Ph.D. of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Marianne Alciati, Ph.D. of Management Solutions for Health, Kathryn Ahlport of HRA, and Nancy Sung, Ph.D. of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, describes findings from the inaugural analysis of 2006-2008 awards data in the gHRAsp (Grants in the Health Research Alliance Shared Portfolio) database, containing awards data from 32 HRA member organizations. This report describes the landscape of funding for biomedical research and training by non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations in greater detail than has been possible before.
How funders are coping with economic challenges: March 2010 update to May 2009 report:. In May, 2009, the Health Research Alliance conducted a survey to determine how its member organizations are coping with continuing economic challenges, “Funders of Health Research and Training Respond to Continuing Economic Challenges: A Health Research Alliance Report.” The survey examined strategies member organizations are employing to manage grantmaking and to decrease administrative expenses. In February and March, 2010, HRA conducted a follow-up survey to assess the degree to which the financial climate for HRA member organizations has changed, what member organizations have learned from coping through the recession and their forecasts for the remainder of 2010. “Funders of Health Research and Training Respond to Continuing Economic Challenges: A Health Research Alliance Report Update” also lists cost-savings strategies member organizations have used to manage grants payouts, to manage the expense of peer review, and to reduce other administrative expenses.
HRA in the News
Nancy Sung, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Founding Board Chair of the Health Research Alliance, was interviewed for an article published in the Winter 2010 edition of Philanthropy, a publication of the Philanthropy Roundtable, “Breakthrough: Medical research is dominated by government and corporate funding. How can philanthropic dollars find a distinctive niche?” The article includes information about the funding approaches of several HRA member organizations, including Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, and mentions several others in the context of their membership in HRA.
Published articles on the clinical research enterprise authored or otherwise contributed to by Health Research Alliance members:
- “The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award: Implications for Early-Career Physician Scientists” Academic Medicine, 2013
- “Central Challenges Facing the National Clinical Research Enterprise,” JAMA, 2003
- “Clinical Research and the NIH – A Report Card,” NEJM, 2003
- “The Biomedical Research Bottleneck,” Science, 2001
Health Research Alliance conference proceedings:
- “Accelerating Medical Discovery Through Strategic Philanthropy,” March, 2008
- “Building Strategic Partnerships to Advance Health Research,” May, 2006
- “Partnering to Advance Health Research: Philanthropy’s Role,” March, 2004
- “The Role of the Private Sector in Training the Next Generation of Biomedical Scientists,” February, 2000
- Proceedings of the 2002 conference on Electronic Grantmaking
Published articles on evaluation to which the Health Research Alliance or its members contributed:
- “Bridging Postdoctoral Training and a Faculty Position: Initial Outcomes of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards in the Biomedical Sciences,” Academic Medicine, 2003
- “Effect of Two Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Programs for Medical Students on the Likelihood of Pursuing Research Careers,” Academic Medicine, 2003