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A systematic mapping of funders of maternal health intervention research 2000-2012

Overview of attention for article published in Globalization and Health, October 2014
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A systematic mapping of funders of maternal health intervention research 2000-2012
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Globalization and Health, October 2014
DOI 10.1186/s12992-014-0072-x
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Katharine Footman, Matthew Chersich, Duane Blaauw, Oona MR Campbell, Ashar Dhana, Josephine Kavanagh, Mari Dumbaugh, Siphiwe Thwala, Leon Bijlmakers, Emily Vargas, Elinor Kern, Francisco Becerra, Loveday Penn-Kekana


BackgroundThe priorities of research funding bodies govern the research agenda, which has important implications for the provision of evidence to inform policy. This study examines the research funding landscape for maternal health interventions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).MethodsThis review draws on a database of 2340 academic papers collected through a large-scale systematic mapping of research on maternal health interventions in LMICs published from 2000¿2012. The names of funders acknowledged on each paper were extracted and categorised into groups. It was noted whether support took a specific form, such as staff fellowships or drugs. Variations between funder types across regions and topics of research were assessed.ResultsFunding sources were only reported in 1572 (67%) of articles reviewed. A high number of different funders (685) were acknowledged, but only a few dominated funding of published research. Bilateral funders, national research agencies and private foundations were most prominent, while private companies were most commonly acknowledged for support `in kind¿. The intervention topics and geographic regions of research funded by the various funder types had much in common, with HIV being the most common topic and sub-Saharan Africa being the most common region for all types of funder. Publication outputs rose substantially for several funder types over the period, with the largest increase among bilateral funders.ConclusionsA considerable number of organisations provide funding for maternal health research, but a handful account for most funding acknowledgements. Broadly speaking, these organisations address similar topics and regions. This suggests little coordination between funding agencies, risking duplication and neglect of some areas of maternal health research, and limiting the ability of organisations to develop the specialised skills required for systematically addressing a research topic. Greater transparency in reporting of funding is required, as the role of funders in the research process is often unclear.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Ethiopia 1 1%
Unknown 74 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 15 20%
Student > Master 13 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 16%
Student > Postgraduate 5 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 5%
Other 13 17%
Unknown 13 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 21 28%
Social Sciences 13 17%
Nursing and Health Professions 9 12%
Engineering 4 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 4%
Other 9 12%
Unknown 16 21%
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