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The returns from cardiovascular research: the impact of the National Heart Foundation of Australia’s investment

The returns from cardiovascular research: the impact of the National Heart Foundation of Australia’s investment

Clay, Moira A, Donovan, Claire ORCID: 0000-0002-6105-7794, Butler, Linda and Oldenburg, Brian F (2006) The returns from cardiovascular research: the impact of the National Heart Foundation of Australia’s investment. Medical Journal of Australia, 185 (4). pp. 209-212. ISSN 0025-729X (doi:https://doi.org/10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00533.x)

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the outcomes of the research investment of the National Heart Foundation of Australia (NHF).

Design and setting: The NHF Research Evaluation Working Group was established in 2002 to oversee evaluation of research funding and outcomes data collected over a 5-year period. The evaluation included a bibliometric analysis conducted by the Research Evaluation and Policy Project at the Australian National University.

Outcome measures: Level and leverage of research funding; funding levels across the disciplines of biomedical, clinical, and public health research; and visibility and knowledge impact of NHF-supported research in international cardiovascular journals.

Results: The NHF’s investment in research increased by 27% from 2001 to 2005. This increase resulted from leveraged support for fellowships and scholarships of $1.5 million over this period, and $2.2 million from the pharmaceutical industry. There was an increase in fellowship and scholarship funding from 26% in 2001 to 46% in 2005. There was a 75% increase in the funding allocated to public health research from 2002 to 2004. NHF-funded research publications were found in high impact journals at levels above Australian and world averages, but received fewer citations than expected based on citation rates for all similar articles.

Conclusions: The NHF has been successful in implementing a policy to allocate 50% of its research funding to people and 50% to projects. This strategy has led to an increase in funding support for public health research. NHF-funded research has performed very well in terms of knowledge impact. The NHF is now well placed to strategically fund relevant research in the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: National Heart Foundation of Australia, bibliometric analysis, cardiovascular research, biomedical research, clinical research, public health research
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 13:29
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29618

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