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Table 5 Brief description of features of funding institutions

From: Governance of health research funding institutions: an integrated conceptual framework and actionable functions of governance

CountriesCanadaAustraliaUnited States of AmericaSingaporeSwedenUnited KingdomThe Netherlands
Name of institutionCanadian Institutes of Health research (CIHR)National Health and Medical Research Agency (NHMRC)National Institutes of Health (NIH)National Medical Research Agency (NMRC)Swedish Research Agency (SRC) –Scientific Council for MedicineaNational Institute of Health Research (NIHR)The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw)
Date of constitution act2000199219301994NA20062001
Budget, yearly (equivalent in eurosb)CAD$1102.9 million CAD $ budget in 2017–2018 (€ 760 million)AU$800 million 2016–2017 (€ 500 million)NAUS$492.7 million budget in 2016 (€ 450 million)570 million SEK budget in 2006 on health and medical research (€ 53 million)£207 million pounds budget in 2016–17 (€ 240 million)NA
Volume of projects/or researchers and trainees supported13,700 researchers and trainees in 20151035 grants (not grantees)10,000 research project grants1100 individual research projects420 projects approved in 2006263 projectsNA
5500 researchers annually
In 2014, 35,000 principal investigators
Investigator-initiated grants/targeted funding70–30%Management of some priority-driven funding schemes of the Medical Research Future Fund perpetual fundNA1/3–2/3Mostly investigator-initiated grantsCommissioned and research ledTargeted calls for Health Care Efficiency Research programmes
Thematic institutes/centres13none270In the form of council00
  1. aSweden has no institute dedicated solely to the health and medical sector. The SRC is the main contributor to R&D, including for health research. Other national sources also contribute to health research. For example, the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare funds research on public health and the public health system [39]. The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte) distributed around US $55 million in 2014 [40]
  2. bIn current dollars, 2019
  3. NA not available