Research mapping

In 2016/17, an exercise to map national and global research and infrastructure relevant to neurodegenerative disease (ND) was conducted. This was a repeat of the initial survey of the landscape completed in 2011 extending the scope to seven new JPND members and including JPND transnational  awards, providing a fuller picture of ND research funding.

The primary aim of the mapping exercise was to provide an objective view of the scale and scope of research activity in ND amongst JPND member countries. This information will be used to identify gaps and opportunities and clarify medium to long-term biological, medical, social and public health research needs, objectives and priorities.

Using the 2011 data as a baseline, comparisons will be made with the data collected in 2016. This will provide a view on any changes in the ND research landscape and the monitoring of spend on ND research before and after the publication of the JPND Strategic Research Agenda and its subsequent implementation.

The parameters and specifications for the mapping exercise were designed in conjunction with the JPND Scientific Advisory Board to ensure that the data captured would be useful to both JPND and researchers working in the field. Investments in fellowship and capital infrastructure relevant to ND research were collected for first time in 2016.The parameters and specifications of what was included in the survey can be found by clicking here.

Published mapping exercise reports

Reports summarising and analysing the data captured during the 2011 and 2016 mapping exercises can be found below

Searchable database

The secondary aim of the mapping exercise was to provide an updateable, publically accessible database as a resource for the scientific community and other interested parties. The interface for this resource has been upgraded and expanded to include data captured from both 2011 and 2016 exercises. The 2011 data is available as a historical record of the research funded. The resource is available through the JPND website at: