Reporter 423, 21 September 1998


Pioneering database leads medics to research cash

The first comprehensive national database of medically-related research funding and training opportunities is being launched by the University and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust tomorrow (22 September).

The Internet-based RDInfo database – the first of its kind – will help researchers attract new external research funding to the UK.

The information will be updated daily and covers the entire healthcare spectrum, including funding for current and potential projects, research fellowships and travel awards in a wide variety of areas such as community care and health management.

The database holds information on over a thousand grants with a total value in excess of £200m. Much of this is from large charities such as the MRC and Wellcome, but there are also opportunities provided by smaller organisations such as the Schizophrenia Research Fund. The website (http://www.leeds.ac.uk/rdinfo) has already attracted considerable interest – over 27,000 requests for information were logged during a four-month pilot phase.

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