Analysis of research findings offers value for money guidance to funders

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 03 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1452
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

A new study described by its authors as “the science of science” offers guidance to funding bodies faced with more grant applicants than they can support. Its conclusion, the authors say, will help funders make the best choices and the optimum use of their resources.

This multinational study, called Project Retrosight, examined the benefits that emerged from 29 cardiovascular and stroke research projects funded between 1989 and 1993. Some of these were clinical, others focused on basic research. It has identified the features of these projects associated with a high or a low payback.

Organised by Brunel University’s Health Economics …

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