MFR 1 - Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia

Matter for Review

1. "The need for Australia to build and retain internationally competitive capacity across the research spectrum, from basic discovery research through clinical translation to public health and health services research."


OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2011: Innovation and Growth in Knowledge Economics

"This tenth edition of the OECD Science, Technology and Industry (STI) Scoreboard analyses the major trends in knowledge and innovation in today’s global economy. With over 180 indicators it presents a policy-oriented review of science, technology, innovation and industrial performance in OECD and major non-OECD countries (Brazil, Russian Federation, India, Indonesia, People’s Republic of China and South Africa)." from OECD website.

A comparative analysis of the science and innovation profiles of OECD and selected countries, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Working Paper December 2011

This document is a source of information for international comparisons and trends (data source to 2008).

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2010 National Report

In 2010, the Australian Research Council conducted the first full evaluation of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. The report provides the outcomes of the ERA 2010 evaluations, which applies to research undertaken between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2008.

“ERA is the first comprehensive review of research undertaken in Australian higher education institutions. With the release of this National Report, we are now able to measure our achievements against those of our peers around the world and, in this way, better guide our research investment into the future.” Professor Margaret Sheil, CEO, ARC

More information is available on the Australian Research Council website.

NHMRC Discussion Paper - Health and medical research and the future in NHMRC’s 75th year. The virtuous cycle and the economic benefits of health and medical research

“Australia’s reputation as an advanced 21st century nation is enhanced by the standing of its leading Universities. Their performances in medical research are key contributors to this standing.” Professor Warwick Anderson CEO NHMRC

NHMRC Research Funding Facts Book 2011

Contains key statistics related to NHMRC’s research funding and research activity in Biomedical, Clinical Medicine, Public Health and Health Services research and research training over the last ten years.

Analysis of Australian Health and Medical Research Bibliometrics

The Research Evaluation and Policy Project (REPP) was commissioned by NHMRC to update its previous analyses of the impact of publications resulting from the research it funded. NHMRC has many diverse schemes for funding research, targeting different aggregations of effort – the research group, cross institutional programs, and the individual researcher. This current analysis, like those in the 2001, 2003 and 2005 studies, creates a series of publication sets that enable each of NHMRC's main research grants schemes to be evaluated on the basis of citation impact.

Comment from NHMRC- A new bibliometric report is in preparation for publication in the 3rd quarter of 2012.