MRC e-Val 2010
MRC e-Val is an online system used to gather information from MRC-supported scientists about the results of their research, allowing the MRC to track the progress of this research. The results show that MRC research delivers scientific knowledge of the highest quality, and that this research is used to produce new medical treatments that improve health, to inform healthcare policy, and to support the UK economy. The information from MRC e-Val is also used to provide evidence for the development of MRC strategy.
A selection of the results from MRC e-Val 2010 are shown below and on the linked pages, and fuller information can be found in the related documents (see right).
Analysis of the 36,000 publications arising from MRC-supported research has shown that they have a significantly higher citation impact than papers resulting from other UK health-related or biological sciences research.
Collaboration plays an increasingly important role in the MRC’s work to improve the health and wealth of the nation, and 62 per cent of MRC-supported researchers report outputs resulting in part from collaborative work.
Over 600 public and private sector organisations have provided further funding to MRC-supported researchers, most contributing over £10,000, giving a combined total of £2.4 billion additional funding for research.
Analysis of the career progression of those supported by MRC funding shows that 11 per cent of researchers moved on to the private sector and most students continued their research careers.
MRC-supported scientists are prolific in their dissemination work: MRC e-Val recorded 9,041 separate reports of dissemination activities involving 1,486 MRC principal investigators sharing sharing their work with different audiences.
MRC e-Val collected information of 1,690 instances of MRC-supported research contributing to a policy-setting process or an important policy document, ensuring that public policy is based on research of the highest quality.
Over 3,000 reports gathered by MRC e-Val demonstrate that MRC-supported researchers are using, developing and sharing a wide variety of new research materials, tools and technologies.
Almost 500 discoveries by MRC-supported researcher have been or are in the process of being transferred to or shared with others, including 42 cases of copyrighted works and 319 reports relating to patents.
A total of 366 new products and interventions at various stages of progress, ranging from diagnostic tools to support tools for research and drugs, have been developed by 262 MRC-supported researchers.
MRC-supported research has led to the creation or growth of 66 companies, creating an estimated 400 highly skilled jobs and having a significant impact on the UK economy.
Over 50 per cent of MRC-supported scientists reported having received an award or recognition for their research, highlighting the very significant contribution UK researchers make to science and society internationally.