The REWARD Alliance grew from the 2014 Lancet Series on Waste in Research, and exists to share and exchange documentation, information, and resources to help increase the value of research and reduce waste in research. We recognise that, while we strive for excellence in research, there is much that needs to be done to reduce waste and increase the value of our contributions.
We believe we maximise our research potential when:

  • we set the right research priorities;
  • we use robust research design, conduct and analysis;
  • regulation and management are proportionate to risks;
  • all information on research methods and findings are accessible;
  • reports of research are complete and usable.

We believe we have a responsibility not just to seek to advance knowledge, but also to advance the practice of research itself. This will contribute to improvement in the health and lives of all peoples, everywhere. As funders, regulators, commercial organisations, publishers, editors, researchers, research users and others – we commit to playing our part in increasing value and reducing waste in research.


The EQUATOR programme grew out of the work of CONSORT and other guideline development groups and has three major objectives: to map the current status of all activities aimed at preparing and disseminating guidelines on reporting health research studies, identify key individuals working in the area, and establish relationships with potential key stakeholders.

Officially launched in London in June 2008, the Network now has national centres in the UK, France, Canada and Australia; and one of our major roles is in curating the online library of guidelines and policies related to health research reporting. These are aimed mainly at authors of research articles, journal editors, peer reviewers and reporting guideline developers


The QUEST (Quality | Ethics | Open Science | Translation) Center for Transforming Biomedical Research at the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) aims at increasing value and reducing waste in the biomedical research at Europe’s largest university hospital, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and a large biomedical research institute, the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) – and beyond.

Launched in 2017, the QUEST Center strives to create awareness of the need to rethink biomedical research and to initiate and sustain culture change in academic biomedicine. The QUEST Center offers several services and infrastructures to its scientific community. Through approaches in Open Science, Quality Assurance, Education, Bioethics – amongst others – our aim is to maximize the quality, reproducibility, generalizability, and validity of our research. Our activities include Meta research to identify measures for improving research practice and to obtain evidence for the impact of our activities. The QUEST Center hosts three research groups, an office, several international QUEST Visiting Fellows and the newly founded Meta-Research Innovation Center METRIC-Berlin (headed by John Ioannidis), the European “sister” of METRICS Stanford.


Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin, Germany

Local Organiser (PCO)
MCI Deutschland GmbH
MCI | Germany – Berlin
Markgrafenstr. 56
10117 Berlin, Germany
T: +49 30 20459220
F: +49 30 2045950

T: +49 30 20459566

Project Management
Sarah Ecker
T: +49 30 20459220