Analyzing Funding Patterns and Their Evolution in Two Medical Research Topics

Blanca De-Miguel-Molina*, Scott W. Cunningham, Fernando Palop

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This paper 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 355463 papers from PubMed (273526 on breast cancer and 81937 on ovarian cancer) brought back 91 funding agencies involved in breast cancer and 65 in ovarian cancer. Additionally, the paper 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 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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1740010
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Technology Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • cancer research
  • Co-funding research
  • medical subject headings (MESH)
  • social network analysis


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