How to use the database

The search function works by text matching data from all fields of the mapping survey.

The basic search function will return pages containing any of the words or phrases included in the search box. If multiple words are included, the search will return pages containing all of the words.

  • The basic search has an inbuilt wildcard (*) option. The result is that variants of words will be returned if the common element is searched for; for example, searching for Alzheimer will return entries containing Alzheimer and Alzheimer’s (and Alzheimers). However, it should be noted that matching is not limited to related or whole words; for example, a search for ALS will return entries containing the word individuals and trials.


Search results can be filtered by selecting one or more of the categories within the coloured circles on the Resources tab and/or the grey circles on the Diseases tab. Upon selection the category circle turns white. The numbers within the circles indicate the total entries within a specific category. Search results can also be limited to data provided by a particular JPND member country by selection of one or more member states from using the country dropdown option in the lower right corner of the page from the global map on the Country tab .

For Diseases, the filter option is based on a particular field within the survey and is not related to the text contained in the title, abstract etc. Thus selecting a particular option will not necessarily return all the entries that could be considered relevant to that disease or where the disease is mentioned; it will only return those entries where the specific option was selected when the data was entered.

Search results can be generated by selecting the blue Search Bar at the bottom of the page.

Display of results and navigation

Search results will be displayed in a list and are tagged with information based on the type of resource/research, country information and relevant diseases. The search results can be exported as a .csv file for offline inspection. This option is available at the bottom left hand side of the search results lists.

The results can be further refined through a number of filter options provided at the top of the page. There is also the option to include historical 2011 data in your search at this stage. Data captured by the 2011 (blue) and 2016 (pink) exercises are coloured coded respectively. Note: upon selecting a filter option the search results will refresh automatically.

Results are grouped by type in the order shown in the filter options (i.e. Investments>500k or followed by Research Networks etc). Within this grouping no specific order is applied i.e. display of search results is not weighted or filtered in anyway.

Select the title of an entry to view more detailed information about the project or resource. This information can also be exported as a .pdf file.

To navigate back to the main landing page please use Restart Search link below the filter options. There is also the option to Clear All Filters from the entries displayed in the search results page.

Search/filter tips

As the basic search function is based on text matching and the text used in individual database entries has not been standardised, relevant entries may not be returned by a simple search; for example, searching for motor neurone disease (MND) will not return entries using the term amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). To maximise the number of relevant entries returned utilise the inbuilt wildcard aspect of the basic search option listing as many relevant synonyms as possible.

To return all entries of a particular type/assigned to a particular category select the appropriate filter option(s) and click the blue Search button located at the bottom of each tab of the landing page.

Database content

Data contained in the JPND database is either in the public domain or has been directly supplied by the funding body or resource in question.