As organisations that fund health-related research, represent funders, or set funding policy, we believe that we have a responsibility not just to seek to advance knowledge, but also to advance the practices of health-related research and research funding. Therefore, we commit to working together and with our respective research communities to share current and develop new approaches to increase the value of health-related research. We commit to transparency in this process, including evaluating our progress and the impact of our efforts. This will contribute to improvement in the health and lives of all peoples, everywhere.
Along with other relevant activity in the wider research landscape (e.g., the REWARD statement), we understand that as funders we will maximise the value of research we fund when:
- we set justifiable research priorities;
- we require robust research design, conduct and analysis;
- we seek to ensure that research regulation and management are proportionate to risks;
- we seek to ensure that complete information on research methods and findings from studies is accessible and usable.
Increasing value will require collaborative efforts among funders, regulators, commercial organisations, publishers, editors, researchers, research organisations, research users and others.