Mission: The health research alliance (hra), a collaborative member organization of nonprofit research funders, is committed to maximizing the impact of biomedical research to improve human health.
Programs: Program service accomplishment 1:foster open communication and collaboration among member organizations. Hra members' meetings:hra organizes two in-person meetings of the membership each calendar year, which are hosted by member organizations. The agendas for these meetings are planned by the hra program committee, with substantial input from the membership. Suggestions from the formal evaluation of each members' meeting are incorporated into planning for subsequent meetings. Sessions fall into the following categories: updates on the landscape for health research and training, improving our effectiveness as grantmakers, and hra reports and updates. Time is provided for hra working groups to meet in person. The spring 2017 members' meeting was co-sponsored by the pancreatic cancer action network, kavli foundation, w. M. Keck foundation, kenneth rainin foundation, and the arthritis national research foundation in manhattan beach, ca. Sessions included: altmetrics, successful implementation of open science and data sharing, demystifying indirect cost in funder agreements, addressing inefficiencies to accelerate future clinical trials, convergence: platform technologies to accelerate life science discovery, private philanthropy and biomedical research: fresh perspectives from a new generation of donors and putting grants data to work: practical approaches to evaluation. The fall 2017 members' meeting was sponsored by the alzheimer's association in chicago, il. Sessions included: program evaluation: leveraging shared award data and other data sources, strategic planning, accelerating treatments to patients - crossing the "valley of death", alzheimer's disease biomarkers to accelerate clinical development and to improve clinical practice, speak visually: how to use visual communication to tell your research story, open science - pre-registration: approaches to ensuring reproducibility and transparency and intersection of policy and science: advocating for funding to advance research
program service accomplishment 2:provide comprehensive data and analysis about the funding of biomedical research and training by hra member organizations. Hra reporter:in 2017 hra made significant enhancements to the functionality of the hra reporter database. Five new fields were added that enable hra members to run queries by career stage, or award purpose, for example. The capacity of the database to provide data for nih grants and pubmed publications alongside hra member grants makes it a great resource for landscape and portfolio analysis.
program service accomplishment 3:address issues key to accelerating research discovery and its translation. Further development of the hra public access initiative:hra's public access initiative, now called hra open, facilitates the adoption of public access policies by member organizations by providing not only tools and templates, but more importantly, providing the ability for hra-member organizations to use the nih's pub med central as a repository for their awardees' publications. In 2017 the hra open portal was developed which goes one step further by providing an additional space to upload and share other materials related to their project, including figures, datasets, preprints, presentations, and other research outputs. The five hra working groups (funder institution relations task force, grants administration group, drug and other therapy development group, open science task force, research workforce and early career development group) held breakout sessions at the spring and fall members' meetings as well webinars on relevant topics throughout the year. In addition, the data sharing subgroup of the open science task force held an in person meeting in conjunction with the fall members' meeting. The groups identified and created resources that serve to enhance members' funding impact. Resources are distributed to the membership and posted to the hra website.
program service accomplishment 4:identify gaps in funding and facilitate innovative grantmaking. Hra reporter (formerly known as grants in the health research alliance shared portfolio database (ghrasp)):one of the principal tools in identifying gaps in funding will eventually be the hra reporter database. Progress made in 2017 on the hra reporter database is described under program service accomplishment 2. Offerings at members' meetings:several sessions at 2017 hra members' meetings were in direct support of this program service accomplishment, including the following team science tools: convergence: platform technologies to accelerate life science discovery (spring 2017) and accelerating treatments to patients - crossing the "valley of death" (fall 2017). No expenses have been included for program service accomplishment 4 because it is a combination of the other three program services.