Funders … without their budgets, research dries up and the scholarly research ecosystem shrivels. They’re vital, and their roles are changing. Five major funders are leading this change, which means it’s time for other funders and vendors to evolve.
Funders are turning to data to ensurethat the projects they support are providing returns that align with the policies and goals they want to achieve. The result: increased involvement in the publishing life cycle. For vendors, this means navigating the new policies, mandates, investments, and acquisitions that impact strategy and operations.
This report is a must for both vendors and funders who want to drive progress for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders in the scholarly research ecosystem.
This report highlights:
- How the funding market is changing and maturing
- What it looks like now and what it may look like in the future
- How five of the major funders (the “Funder 5”) are evolving
- The implications of those changes on other funders and market stakeholders
- The actions they all need to take to succeed in this evolving landscape
Outsell drew on primarily qualitative research to build this report. Outsell conducted interviews from October to December 2017 with both funders and information service providers. On the funder side, interviewees included representatives from the European Commission, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust (Outsell’s “Funder 5”). On the information service provider side, we spoke to a group of organizations that included the American Chemical Society, Clarivate Analytics, the COKO Foundation, Elsevier, F1000, Hindawi, Informa, Public Library of Science (PLoS), Springer Nature, and ŰberResearch.
Outsell also leveraged both its own proprietary information resources — including our database of more than 8,000 cross-industry firms that create, aggregate, manipulate, and distribute information — and publicly available online information resources.
We further supported the research through our deep understanding of information-centric disruptive forces, daily interaction with executives in the information industry, and product and service analysis that Outsell conducts as part of its advisory services.
Why This Topic
The Funding Continuum
Key Questions for Funders
The Funder 5
Key Announcements Timeline
The Funder 5: At-a-Glance Comparison
The European Commission
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Funder Impact on Information Service Providers
Current Levels of Interaction
Current Areas of Particular Impact
An Evolving Impact
Evolution Brings Both Challenges and Opportunities
Where Funders Are Currently Most Impactful
The Most Impactful Funders
Specific Impact on Information Service Provider Businesses
Addressing the Future Impact of Funders
Essential Actions for Funders
Essential Actions for Vendors
Figure 1: The Scholarly Communication Funding Continuum
Figure 2: Timeline of Key Announcements from the Funder 5 (2003 – 2017)
Figure 3: The Most Impactful Funders
Table 1: Top 10 Funders, by Average New Project Value, 2016
Table 2: Average Funding Per New Project by Top Research Categories, 2016
Table 3: The Funder 5, At-a-Glance Key Facts Comparison
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