We carried out a mapping exercise that encompassed a three year project of interviews and due diligence examining everything we are undertaking within innovation for health research.

First stage

Existing research funding information was obtained primarily through our Agresso system and supplemented from interviews with faculty and staff. In addition a SciVal and Scopus search strategy (PDF) was used to define all funding related to the University's publications.

A powerpoint presentation on how to use keywords to search for innovation for health research ongoing at the University is in preparation with Elsevier.

Interviews and search engines

Interviews provided the primary source of information regarding ongoing research as well as pre-prepared templates with known information sent to researchers to confirm or edit, thereby saving time and encouraging compliance.

Other methods to establish who was working on specific projects was by using the Google search string in both intranet and internet searches, for example, to establish persons related to biomaterials at the University of Surrey site.

Research by products, services and medical indications

Information on research products and services was populated by a questionnaire sent to researchers and interviews. In addition the dean and associate deans of research targeted initiate interviews.

Scival and scopus search strategies and questionnaire information helped define researchers working on the numerous medical indications and the stage of illness the research targeted.

Facilities and resources

Equipment and infrastructure information was obtained from a majority of sources including Academican, facilities management and detailed interviews and reports conducted on labs.

Additional research resources include various research support teams.