Research Funding in Arab Countriesadmin
Research funding is the cornerstone of sustained and productive biomedical research. While the previous achievement of researchers involved in fund-pursuing projects remains a major determinant of funding, other factors e.g. networking and collaboration may have significant role (Ebadi and Schiffauerova, 2015).
There is no argument that adequate research funding is one of the most influential obstacles that hinder biomedical research development in the Arab Word. Unlike developed countries where numerous private and public sectors funding agencies exist (Smits and Denis, 2014), there is a scarcity of similar organizations in the Arab Word. One of these is the research funding project of King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology. As of 2004, projects funded by the city resulted in an output 243 medical research papers over a period of 25 years (Alabdula’aly, 2004).
Considering the economic and political factors affecting research funding in the Arab World, there is an urgent need for creative solutions. For example, in Germany, the pension insurance scheme contributed to program for research in rehabilitation (Zwingmann et al., 2005). In France, patients organization share funding of relevant research programs (Esterle and Picard, 2010).
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