X.7 Visual Funding Portfolios

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Moritz Stefaner

Mario Diwersy

Christian Herzog

Designed by data visualization designer Moritz Stefaner, data analyst Mario Diwersy, and research strategist Christian Herzog, this map characterizes the portfolios of 23 funding agencies active in 2012. Publicly available data on funded projects was downloaded and each project was classified using the Research Condition and Disease Classification (RCDC) by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Using the 50 most frequently used RCDC classifications, a map was calculated based on their co-occurrence and is shown top-left. In this map, the circle sizes represent the share of funding spent on the respective topic. Classifications that co-occur frequently on grants are placed in close proximity. This RCDC topic map was then used to characterize the funding profile of the 23 agencies that can be seen as small-multiple visualization in the lower right. In each funder map, the circle area size shows the proportion of funding spent on each topic by that funder. Funding agencies are placed according to the location of their funding focus on the topic map: those that focus on ‘Bioengineering’ on the left, ‘Breast Cancer’ on top, etc. Visually, the maps resemble petri dishes—not only a nod to the theme of research, but also a conceptual anchor to make the graphic more memorable. The map can be used to visually compare funding portfolios or to identify and coordinate joint funding opportunities.


Stefaner, Moritz, Mario Diwersy, and Christian Herzog. 2014. Visual Funding Portfolios. Courtesy of ÜberResearch. In "10th Iteration (2014): The Future of Science Mapping," Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Samuel Mills. http://scimaps.org

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.