Similar to analyzing clinical trial data, patents, and scientific publication rates, it is valuable to consider trends in grant rate data. Previously, the U.S. federal government operated an online tool called CRISP (“Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects”). It was a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other U.S. research institutions.
The database was maintained by the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and allowed users to search the CRISP interface for grants funding for specific types of scientific research, using text-based search terms. [Read more…]