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Table 6 Funding organizations’ use of classification systems for reporting health research expenditures

From: The 10 largest public and philanthropic funders of health research in the world: what they fund and how they distribute their funds

  Funding organization Country Health categories Recipient countries or regions Type of research Data classification system for health categories
1 NIH USA Yes Yes Yes RCDC
2 EC EU No No No
2a FP7 Cooperation programme, health theme EU No Yes Yes
2b ERC EU No No No
3 MRC GBR Yes Yes Yes HRCS (modified ICD-10)
5a CDMRP USA Yes Yes Yes "Physiology" classificationb
6 Wellcome Trust GBR Yes Yes Yes HRCS (modified ICD-10)
7 CIHR CAN Yesa Yes Yes EIS Research Area and Research Class taxonomy in Research Reporting systema
8 NHMRC AUS Yes Yes Yes ANZSRC (modified ICD-10)
10 DFG DEU No No No
  1. “–” means that we were not able to find information for this field
  2. See Table 4 for funders’ abbreviations. ANZSRC, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification; EIS, Electronic Information System; HRCS, Health Research Classification System; ICD, International Classification of Diseases; RCDC, Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization
  3. aAt the time of data collection, CIHR was in the process of implementing its data classification system. It did not publicly report data yet on how much funding goes to various health areas, but noted that it would do so in the future. CIHR was able to provide us with data for several health areas via personal communication. The organization noted through the same personal communication that, in terms of classifying or reporting on the research that it funds, CIHR uses the EIS Research Area and Research Class in-house menu, Institute in-house Keyword lists, the Thompson Reuters Fields and Sub-Fields, and MESH. The Research Reporting system uses the EIS Research Area and Research Class taxonomy (
  4. bThis classification was sent to us by CDMRP upon request. All other classifications are publicly available