Emerging Networking Methods: Analyzing Funding Patterns and Their Evolution in Two Medical Research Topics

This chapter analyzes funding patterns and their evolution in two medical research topics: breast cancer and ovarian cancer, taking into account cross-agency and cross-national co-funding. A bibliometric analysis of 355,463 papers from PubMed (273,526 on breast cancer and 81,937 on ovarian cancer) brought out 91 funding agencies involved in breast cancer and 65 in ovarian cancer. Additionally, the study examined the evolution of Medical Subject Headings (MESH) funded by agencies. An analysis of patterns in funding, co-funding, MESH, and their evolution, was carried out using Social Network Analysis (SNA) methodology. The results show the importance of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in both breast and ovarian cancer. The NCI achieves its policy goals by co-funding its programs with both national and cross-national agencies. Moreover, the MESH that agencies co-funded in the two years studied coincided; however, it must be said that the number of agencies which participated in research funding also increased.


Author(s): Blanca de-Miguel-Molina, Scott W. Cunningham, Fernando Palop
Organization(s): Universitat Politècnica de València, TU Delft
Source: Innovation Discovery: Network Analysis of Research and Invention Activity for Technology Management (Chpt 14)
Year: 2018

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