India Alliance partners with RoRI (Research on Research Institute)

25 Jun 2020

India Alliance partners with RoRI (Research on Research Institute)


DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance (India Alliance) is pleased to be a partner in the Research on Research Institute (RoRI) consortium. Launched in September 2019, RoRI is an international consortium of research funders, academics, research organizations and technologists which aims to champion transformative research on research systems, concepts, cultures, careers and decision-making.

"At DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance we are extremely pleased to be a partner in the Research on Research Institute. Just as we expect our funded science to provide useful data and evidence for important biomedical science questions, our funding practices must also be evidence based. By aligning ourselves with some of the most innovative and impactful international funders, we hope to gather evidence and imbibe best practices for our working. We look forward to this partnership." says Shahid Jameel, CEO, India Alliance.

The other partners based in more than 10 countries or regions, who will be collaborating in the design and delivery of these projects, are:

  • African Academy of Sciences (AAS)
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)
  • Digital Science*
  • European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • Novo Nordisk Fonden
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • University of Leiden*
  • University of Sheffield*
  • Volkswagen Foundation
  • Wellcome Trust*

*founding member of the consortium

James Wilsdon, Director of RoRI, said: “We are hugely grateful to all RoRI’s partners, who share a commitment to using evidence, data and shared learning to improve how we support and evaluate research. Between them, our partners invest almost US$20 billion each year in research, so by supporting and conducting real-time experimentation, data-gathering and analysis, we have real opportunities to strengthen research cultures and decision making. These agendas will be more important than ever as we chart pathways out of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced rapid innovations worldwide in research funding, evaluation, peer review and communication. We need to draw evidence and lessons from the crisis that can strengthen the diversity, preparedness and resilience of research systems over the longer term."

RoRI has announced the first wave of projects, which will run for the remainder of its pilot phase (until autumn 2021). India Alliance is a partner on the project "How do grant application criteria influence inequalities in research funding?" This project will use the RoRI Funder Data Platform to: a) examine evidence for funding inequalities in terms of gender and field bias; and b) test different explanations for the presence or absence of these inequalities, using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative data. The findings will help funders understand potential drivers of inequalities in funding and identify where mitigation is possible through changes to selection processes.

Learn more about the consortium and projects HERE.

For information, contact: [email protected]