Projects

The NIHR Leadership Programme: Evaluations of two phases

The NIHR Leadership Programme: Evaluations of two phases

RAND Europe evaluated the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leadership Programme, which ran in two phases (2009-2011 and 2012-2014). The evaluations aimed to help the Department of Health account for public spending, assess whether the programme has helped further NIHR objectives, and enhance the programme's effectiveness.

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Evaluating the NIHR’s i4i programme

Evaluating the NIHR’s i4i programme

RAND Europe was asked to evaluate the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme, which aims to support the development of innovative medical technologies for the benefit of patients.

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Towards Trust and Freedom in Science Funding: Venture Research

Towards Trust and Freedom in Science Funding: Venture Research

Can scientists who question the ideas of their peers win funding? A UK funding programme was formed around the idea they struggle to do so, but that civilisation urgently needs their radical ideas. This programme, BP’s Venture Research Unit, sought to identify and support these scientists. RAND Europe has produced a concise summary of how the programme worked.

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New models for funding drug discovery

New models for funding drug discovery

Public-private partnerships and open innovation are two new models for funding drug discovery. A number of these initiatives are now sufficiently mature to allow evaluation of their success factors.

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Mental Health Retrosight

Mental Health Retrosight

Mental Health Retrosight is about understanding how research translates into clinical application, with a focus on schizophrenia. How can funders and policymakers encourage the most efficient and effective use of research resources to quickly bring new treatments and cures to millions of sufferers?

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Supporting the designation of English Academic Health Science Centres

Supporting the designation of English Academic Health Science Centres

In April 2013, the Department of Health (DH) announced an open competition to designate Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) in England. To support the current competition, the DH commissioned RAND Europe to compile and analyse various types of publicly available data and quality assessments in the domains of medical research and health education.

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Regulatory cultures and research governance

Regulatory cultures and research governance

This research involved a comparative study of the practice of those who are subject to regulatory requirements in the health research, medical drugs, environmental and financial sectors conducted to assist understanding of health research governance in the UK.

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Biomedical Research Centres (BRC) Renewal

Biomedical Research Centres (BRC) Renewal

This project provides an update to the bibliometric analysis previously carried out as part of the Department of Health’s process for (re)procuring Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) and Biomedical Research Units (BRUs).

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Metrics and Prizes

Metrics and Prizes

This was a short project scoping the issues involved in considering the merits of using prizes to support the objectives of the Department of Health Research and Development Directorate (DH R&D).

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Evaluating Peer Review Funding

Evaluating Peer Review Funding

This project aimed to review the current research evidence around the effectiveness and efficiency of the peer review process for allocating research funding. The peer review process is central to most models of funding and hence we wanted to understand what evidence there was about its effectiveness and efficiency.

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NIHR Senior Investigators: A Bibliometric Analysis of Applicants

NIHR Senior Investigators: A Bibliometric Analysis of Applicants

RAND Europe was asked to conduct a bibliometric analysis of publications from NIHR Senior Investigator applicants, for three rounds of awards. This bibliometric analysis was intended to inform and support the decision-making of a selection committee consisting of a panel of experts convened by R&DD/NIHR. Its specific purpose was to assist in identifying those applicants that combined research excellence with the ability to translate their research into benefits for patients and the health and well-being of the public.

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