Our founding funders have jointly invested in Health Data Research UK over the next five years.

Our funds support long-term scientific and research studies, training and infrastructure that contribute to data science at scale, support our One Institute approach and deliver long-term impact on the health of patients and populations across the UK. We also raise thematic funding to support specific programmes of work.

Our core funders

The British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the UK’s largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. For over 50 years, the BHF has pioneered life-saving research that has helped halve the number of deaths from heart and circulatory disease in the UK. The BHF also helps provide vital support and care for the 7million people living with cardiovascular disease, along with information to help reduce their risk and improve their heart health.


Chief Scientist Office, Scotland

CSO is part of the Scottish Government Health Directorates. The CSO vision is to support and increase the level of high-quality health research conducted in Scotland. This is for the health and financial benefits of the Scottish population and so that Scotland is recognised globally as a ‘come to place’ for health science. CSO invests in infrastructure to support applied health research in Scottish Universities and, through NHS Research Scotland, in Scottish Health Boards and runs responsive mode grant funding and clinical academic fellowship schemes.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. By investing in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a healthy, connected, resilient, productive nation. EPSRC is part of UK Research and Innovation.


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Established by Royal Charter in 1965, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s largest funder of research on economic and social issues. We support the development and training of future social scientists and also fund major studies that provide the infrastructure for research. The research that we fund informs policymakers and practitioners and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective. The ESRC is part of UK Research and Innovation.


Health and Care Research Wales

Health and Care Research Wales is funded and overseen by the Welsh Government’s Division for Social Care and Health Research. Its vision is for Wales to be internationally recognised for its excellent health and social care research that has a positive impact on the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the people in Wales. It provides an infrastructure to support and increase capacity in research and development (R&D), runs a range of responsive funding schemes and provides strategic direction and support for NHS R&D in Wales.


Health and Social Care Research and Development Division, Northern Ireland

The Health and Social Care Research and Development (HSC R&D) Division is part of the Public Health Agency. Established in 2009, it is responsible for the administration and coordination of the HSC R&D budget on behalf of Department of Health, Northern Ireland. Its work is based on the principle that the best health and social care must be underpinned by knowledge, based on well conducted research, which can then be applied in the delivery of care. The HSC R&D Division supports researchers based in Northern Ireland as well as those in Health and Social Care Trusts or other bodies who use the outputs from research findings.


The Medical Research Council

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is at the forefront of scientific discovery to improve human health. Founded in 1913 to tackle tuberculosis, the MRC now invests taxpayers’ money in some of the best medical research in the world across every area of health. Thirty-three MRC-funded researchers have won Nobel prizes in a wide range of disciplines, and MRC scientists have been behind such diverse discoveries as vitamins, the structure of DNA and the link between smoking and cancer, as well as achievements such as pioneering the use of randomised controlled trials, the invention of MRI scanning, and the development of a group of antibodies used in the making of some of the most successful drugs ever developed.

Today, MRC-funded scientists tackle some of the greatest health problems facing humanity in the 21st century, from the rising tide of chronic diseases associated with ageing to the threats posed by rapidly mutating micro-organisms. The MRC is part of UK Research and Innovation.


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. It is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation. Together, NIHR people, facilities and systems represent the most integrated clinical research system in the world, driving research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy. Since its establishment, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research.



Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. It is a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. It supports scientists and researchers, takes on big problems, fuels imaginations and sparks debate.


Funder for the Digital Innovation Hub Programme

UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation is a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.  Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.

We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth.  We fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into R&D.  Our support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions.