Use of the HRCS

The HRCS has been used extensively in the UK, primarily amongst those funders that have participated in the quinquennial analysis series. A number of these funders now routinely classify all awards under HRCS, for both internal reporting and for reports in the public domain. A number of these funders also make their awards, and corresponding HRCS coding, publically available (e.g. MRC awards via Gateway to Research, and NIHR via NETS Portfolio search).

As an open source classification system the HRCS is not restricted to the UK alone, and a number of research organisations have taken the HRCS for use internationally. However it is presently hard to track the who, where, how of this use is applied.

This page is dedicated to use of the HRCS outside of the core report series. This use can vary considerably, from reports from funders who have participated in the analysis series to external organisations using HRCS-coded funder data to perform more elaborate analyses.


Journal Publications

A selection of publications that reference the HRCS can be found on publication databases like Europe PubMed.

These include:

  • Sussex et al. (2016). Quantifying the economic impact of government and charity funding of medical research on private research and development funding in the United Kingdom. BMC Med 10.1186/s12916-016-0564-z
  • Roh et al. (2016). Mental health services and R&D in South Korea. Int J Ment Health Syst 10.1186/s13033-016-0077-3
  • Viergever et al. (2016). The 10 largest public and philanthropic funders of health research in the world: what they fund and how they distribute their funds. Health Res Policy Syst 10.1186/s12961-015-0074-z
  • Adams et al. (2015). Ethical considerations in malaria research proposal review: empirical evidence from 114 proposals submitted to an Ethics Committee in Thailand. Malar J 10.1186/s12936-015-0854-5
  • Kinge et al. (2014). Are the Norwegian health research investments in line with the disease burden? Health Res Policy Syst 10.1186/1478-4505-12-64
  • Nicolau et al. (2012). Research questions and priorities for tuberculosis: a survey of published systematic reviews and meta-analyses. PLoS One 10.1371/journal.pone.0042479
  • Turner et al. (2012). Predicting the extent of heterogeneity in meta-analysis, using empirical data from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Int J Epidemiol 10.1093/ije/dys041
  • Terry et al. (2012). Mapping global health research investments, time for new thinking--a Babel Fish for research data. Health Res Policy Syst 10.1186/1478-4505-10-28
  • Collins (2011). A ten-year audit of traditional Chinese medicine and other natural product research published in the Chinese Medical Journal (2000-2009). Chin Med J (Engl) PMID:21740755
  • Conceição et al. (2011). Public health research systems in the European union. Health Res Policy Syst 10.1186/1478-4505-9-38
  • Davey et al. (2011). Characteristics of meta-analyses and their component studies in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: a cross-sectional, descriptive analysis. BMC Med Res Methodol 10.1186/1471-2288-11-160
  • Kubiak et al. (2009). Common definition for categories of clinical research: a prerequisite for a survey on regulatory requirements by the European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network (ECRIN). Trials 10.1186/1745-6215-10-95
  • Ahmed et al. (2010). Mapping Postgraduate Research at the University of Zambia: a review of dissertations for the Master of Medicine Programme. Med J Zambia PMC3604980
  • Mayor (2006). Report gives snapshot health research funding in the UK. BMJ 10.1136/bmj.332.7552.1230-a