Dimensions for Funders

12 months of development, 23 development partners, 5 major releases and the result is Dimensions 2.0 – redefining portfolio analysis and planning for science funders
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Get actionable insights for better decisions

Funding organizations face similar challenges in making investment decisions in scientific research and in supporting the researchers in their important tasks. With Dimensions we have built, with the support of more than 20 development partners, a cloud based shared solution. It answers questions in seconds that were often unanswerable in the past. Specifically, in 1-2 clicks, Dimensions can dramatically improve Funder decisions going forward.

If you are interested we are happy to provide you with more information around Dimensions for Funders and how it can support decisions and process steps in the funding process. Please reach out to us as well if you want to get access to the cloud based version of Dimensions!

What should be funded?

How can we make sure that we are funding the right proposals?

With a global award database covering around 200 funders and over $900bn in historical awards, users can compare internal funding applications against the global funding landscape instantly. Dimensions will identify similar research based on a search or automatically display similar grants to the proposal you are evaluating – including which institutions were funded, which investigators received the awards and what the currently running projects are in this area.

Similar funded projects with a high specifity – one click away.

Who would be a suitable reviewer without conflicts of interest?

Finding the most qualified reviewers, identifying conflicts of interest and ensuring the right expertise can be time consuming for Funders. However, it is also critical to ensure the optimal use of limited funds and the best overall scientific results from sponsored research. With Dimensions, scientific reviewers are suggested automatically – highlighting potential conflicts of interest based on co-author relationship and institutional overlap. If you want to increase the fit between reviewers and application and reduce the time it takes to find these reviewers – please contact us for a trial. Our team has built reviewer identification solutions for the largest scientific funders and publishers worldwide for over a decade.

How can we analyze our portfolio to respond to requests on funding activities?

Research funding is often discussed through a political filter, particularly for public sector funders. In these cases, many Funders receive requests like ‘Can you please provide a report on the funding in the area of XYZ – showing current funding levels together with an overview on the last 10 years”. The challenge for Funders is to translate such a request into precise research definitions that cover all relevant grants – at the same time eliminating irrelevant grants (the false positives) that might mention some related terms. Dimensions specifically supports generating precise and consistent reports for funders, and it allows the funder to compare their categories dynamically to other funder portfolios.

Create a precise definition – pulling only the relevant documents – automatically.

How can we report automatically and consistently on our funding and outcome?

Most funders are required to do some type of proactive reporting on the areas where they concentrate their grants. (For example, a Cancer Research Funder might report on the funds they invested towards Prostate Cancer research grants versus Lung Cancer Research grants.) In many cases, it can be tough for funders to do this reporting on a consistent basis, and to do so without significant staff and resource time being absorbed into a manual review process. Dimensions establishes dynamic routines which use natural language processing to identify relevant projects for reporting. Large funding organizations, like the National Institutes of Health, now use such approaches as a best practice to demonstrate current funding and to analyze historical funding. Whether for formalized reporting, or for a “quick” analysis of the funding landscape, Dimensions enables this analysis. It also makes use of standardized integrated research classification systems available from funders worldwide.

How can we compare our portfolio against other funders portfolio?

With the aggregated shared global grant database you can analyze your portfolio and at every step of the analysis and compare it to other funder portfolios – making use of powerful analytical tools and visualizations.

How can we analyze our internal data like past applications to identify trends?

Dimensions will allow you going forward to securely integrate your internal data – in a private application instance which is physically separated from any other customers data. You even can install your instance locally at your premises if you prefer. This allows Dimensions users to include grant applications, rejected proposals, and even progress reports in every analysis – allowing you to detect trends and patterns.