These interactive data visualizations bring to life the information housed within HSRProj, a database from National Library of Medicine that contains information on more than 32,000 health services research projects.

HSRProj is a real-time database of information that reveals valuable trends about the research being funded in the field of health services research (HSR) before results from that research are published. Populated using HSRProj data (2005-2015), the visualizations on this page provide insight about the state of a complex field, and highlight the following trends:

  • The number of newly funded projects vary from year to year, while ongoing projects rose steadily from 2005 to 2013.
  • Funded projects have been conducted in all 50 U.S. states and 48 countries.
  • Academic institutions and non-profit organizations conduct three out of four funded projects.
  • Top funders include federal government agencies, private foundations, and international research institutes.
  • More than 2,600 MeSH terms appear in HSRProj, highlighting the breadth of the field.
  • Half of the projects receive support for more than three years at a time.

The Body of Work

The graph below shows the number of both newly funded projects and ongoing projects for each of the years between 2005-2015. Selecting one of the lines (newly funded or ongoing projects) will give a more detailed depiction changes from year to year. Clicking on a data point will reveal the number of projects and, for newly funded projects, the top three funders.

The information presented in this graph shows that the number of newly funded projects varies from year to year, while the number of ongoing projects steadily rose from 2005 to 2013.

Where the Work is Conducted

The number of projects in HSRProj that are conducted outside of the US has grown in recent years; the map below displays the countries in which this research took place. HSR projects took place in 47 countries, with the majority of research documented in HSRProj conducted in and funded by the U.S. Other major research-contributing countries include Canada, Australia, Bangladesh and the United Kingdom.

Click on the United States to see projects conducted in each of the 50 states. Research conducted in five U.S. states- California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina-  represents more than a third of all research in HSRProj between 2005 and 2015, with California being the most common location for HSR-conducting organizations.

Who is Conducting the Work

Research in HSRProj is conducted by a variety of academic, non-profit, governmental, and for-profit organizations. Academic institutions perform more than half of all research. Non-profit organizations conduct another quarter of HSR. Click on different toggle years to compare the distribution of research by performing organization type by year.

* Note: Not all projects provide a URL. Therefore, the total number of projects in the table is less than the total number of projects in HSRProj overall.

Who is Funding the Work

Research in HSRProj is funded by a diverse set of 360 private, non-profit, governmental, and international agencies and organizations. The top funders vary by year. Click on different toggle years to see this variation in further detail.

*Note: Combined, the National Institutes of Health are the largest funders of HSR in HSRProj, supporting one third of all projects in HSRProj. This chart shows top funders with NIH separated by Institute.

What the Work is About

Research projects in the HSRProj database are tagged with MeSH terms, or “Medical Subject Headings.” MeSH is NLM’s hierarchical, structured vocabulary for indexing and cataloging biomedical information. More than 2,600 MeSH terms appear in HSRProj for projects conducted between 2005 and 2015, with many projects assigned to more than one MeSH term. Click on the toggle years to see the top Major MeSH terms for each year.

*Note: The terms used in this figure are Major MeSH terms. Indicated by an asterisk in HSRProj, Major MeSH terms denote major topics of an article or research project.

The Duration of the Work

More than half of the projects in HSRProj with initial start dates between 2005 and 2015 received support for more than three years. This graph shows the average funding duration of HSR projects by initial year, and can be navigated by clicking the toggle years.

Overall, project funding duration ranges between less than one year up to 16 years, with an average of four years.