The HRCS underpins five important UKCRC analysis reports which together provide a comprehensive overview of non-commercial health research funding in the UK. The analysis reports have been disseminated widely in the UK and had a major impact, providing the basis for high level strategy discussions and informing a number of joint funding initiatives.
The fifth report in the series was available from December 2023, formally published in February 2024. The UK Health Research Analysis 2022 is the most comprehensive report to date, collating information from 173 organisations reaching an estimated spend total of over £5 billion.
The fourth report in the series was published in January 2020. The UK Health Research Analysis 2018 further expanded on past analyses to collate information from 146 organisations, expanding to wider government departments, royal colleges, academies and learned societies.
The third report, the UK Health Research Analysis 2014, was published in August 2015. This report expanded on the previous analyses to include 64 UK charity and public health research funders.
The second report, the UK Health Research Analysis 2009/10, was published in 2012. This report showed the significant changes in the UK health research landscape five years after the original. This report added new features to the report, including an assessment of research infrastructure and an estimation of the total UK Health R&D expenditure.
The success of the first UK Health Research Analysis in 2004/05 was followed by an international workshop in 2009. This allowed those involved in the UK project to share their experiences with other international research organisations and promote the HRCS as an international standard.
The original national analysis featured eleven of UK’s largest government and charity health research funders and award data from the financial year 2004/05. The report of this analysis, UK Health Research Analysis (2004/05), was published in 2006.
The HRCS was also used to analyse the funding activities in 2004/05 of 29 medium and smaller sized members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). This report, From Donation To Innovation, was published in 2007.
For further details on these reports and the UKCRC, see the UKCRC website.