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Creating a global observatory for health R&D

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Science  12 Sep 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6202, pp. 1302-1304
DOI: 10.1126/science.1258737

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Abstract

A global map of health R&D activity would improve the coordination of research and help to match limited resources with public health priorities, such as combating antimicrobial resistance. The challenges of R&D mapping are large because there are few standards for research classification and governance and limited capacity to report on R&D data, especially in low-income countries. Nevertheless, based on developments in semantic classification, and with better reporting of funded research though the Internet, it is now becoming feasible to create a global observatory for health R&D.

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