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Research prioritisation

Last reviewed 
26 September 2017

Funders often need to decide which areas of research are most important to their charitable goals. Some develop research strategies to fund any kind of research in a particular disease area; many take a more sophisticated approach, and determine priorities that are important to the people affected by their condition, or that are most tractable scientifically. 

Policy 
  • Each AMRC charity has a published research strategy that clearly sets out it research priorities.
Quality and standards 
  • NIHR  coordinates the work of the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships, which identify and prioritise treatment uncertainties which they agree are the most important for research.
  • Our Natural Ground report outlines how charities can involved patients in developing the priorities for research. 
  • Our briefing on commissioning research summarises good practice in commissioning, focusing on how peer review should be incorporated into the processes to ensure research is funded according to our Principles of Peer Review
Data and impact 
  • Many AMRC charities have been involved in priority setting partnerships to define the most important patient and clinician-devised research prioirites that will inform their research strategies.
  • Charities also underake their own gap analyses. What was then, Breast Cancer Campaign, (which has since merged woth Breakthrough Breast Cancer to become Breast Cancer Now) undertook a gap analysis that resulted in the formation of the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank.