Design and Aims

The Health Research Classification System (HRCS) is a system for classifying and analysing all types of biomedical and health related research. The HRCS was developed by the UKCRC Partners as a research management tool.

The HRCS is designed to answer strategic questions about investment across the broad spectrum of different research activities in different areas of health and disease funded by the Partners. Use of this single stable common classification system allows meaningful comparisons to be made within and between different research portfolios and allows funding trends to be monitored over time.

The aim of using the HRCS is to capture the centre of gravity or main objective of the research taking place within the lifetime of the award funding. Analysis of research coded by the HRCS provides an overview of the strategic focus of research investment.

The HRCS is not like other keyword systems which are designed to capture all facets of the research or potential downstream outcomes. These systems enable complex searches for research relevant to different areas but they cannot be used to accurately attribute research costs to individual categories.