Freedom and Need

The Evolution of Public Strategy for Biomedical and Health Research in England

Published In: Health Research Policy and Systems, v. 6, no. 2, Jan. 2008, p. 1-10

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2007

by Miriam Shergold, Jonathan Grant

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The optimal support of health-related research and development with public money is a complex challenge. Over the last century, policy makers in England have conceived and implemented a variety of models, ranging from independent, curiosity driven research to needs-based state commissions, and promoting different bodies to oversee scientific work. This paper traces these approaches, identifies the principles that drove them, and discusses their role in shaping policy for publicly funded health research, up to the recent launch of a new research strategy by the Department of Health.

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