Key Performance Indicators
ERABs performance is monitored on an on-going basis through the analysis of demanding KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) which are considered by the Board of Directors at each of their meetings.
SUMMARY - November 2016
- Quality of applications, measured by independent peer review scores, above average - More than 40% over 25 (maximum 35).
- Novelty of findings, measured by publication in journals with impact factors over 4, more than 30% of total grantee publications.
- Range of research subjects, biomedical / psychosocial / lifestyle and drinking patterns, is being extended.
- Total number of applications has grown every year. In 2016 71 applications were received from 16 countries.
- Balance, biomedical v psychosocial, stable at about 30% psychosocial applications.
- Percentage of applications granted has been kept above 10% (by funding shorter projects and concentrating on funding staff costs).
- Total publications citing ERAB as a source of funding is now 180 (average over 2 per grant).
- Operating budget split is being maintained at, or around, 90% dedicated to grants.
- At conferences, by grantees and travel award recipients presenting their results and citing ERAB as the source of funding.
- At the International Meeting on Alcohol and Global Health (IMAG) conference, every four years. Next one 2018.
- In the research community, measured by the growing number of research teams applying.
- Stakeholders are kept up to date with developments by regular communication via the electronic Newsletter, the Annual report and occasional publications / presentations.
- Links between the biomedical and brewing research communities are being developed by annual meetings with brewing scientists.
- Links / collaboration with the European Commission / WHO etc. a longer term objective. Commission 2016 Workplan provided opportunities which ERAB was unable to exploit.
- Impact assessment shows measurable impact of some earlier grants, for example 'being quoted in Government guidelines' etc. and ERAB "seed corn" funding helps grantees get additional support for their research.
- Funding of younger scientists, measured by the number of PhDs etc awarded to members of ERAB grantees teams, and travel and exchange awards build a knowledgeable research community.
- ERAB has been awarded "tax deductible status" for Belgium.