Creating a global observatory for health R&D

Science. 2014 Sep 12;345(6202):1302-4. doi: 10.1126/science.1258737. Epub 2014 Sep 11.


A global map of health R&D activity would improve the coordination of research and help to match limited resources with public health priorities, such as combating antimicrobial resistance. The challenges of R&D mapping are large because there are few standards for research classification and governance and limited capacity to report on R&D data, especially in low-income countries. Nevertheless, based on developments in semantic classification, and with better reporting of funded research though the Internet, it is now becoming feasible to create a global observatory for health R&D.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research* / economics
  • Biomedical Research* / organization & administration
  • Capital Financing / organization & administration*
  • Databases as Topic
  • Global Health / economics*
  • Humans