Openness – the use of animals in research statement
May 2019

Health Data Research UK is the national institute for data science in healthcare. Our mission is to unite the UK’s health data to make discoveries that improve people’s lives.

HDR UK is a recipient of research funding and disseminator of research funding. As a data institute we do not directly fund research using animals.

We receive funding from a range of organisations who may also fund research using animal models, such as the Medical Research Council. As a disseminator of funding we may fund research organisations who also undertake animal research, though we do not directly fund animal research. Our researchers may work on data that has been generated through research that has been conducted using animals, such as preliminary drug efficacy studies.

We fully support the principles of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement). The outcomes of our research which includes tools and techniques for conducting healthcare research, have the potential to replace and / or reduce the use of animals in research. We will share our successes in achieving this through our annual review.


HDR UK: Commitment to research integrity
May 2019

As a supporter of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity, Health Data Research UK is committed to maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research. The UUK Concordat to Support Research Integrity  provides a comprehensive national framework for good research conduct and its governance. We are committed to the following principles:

1. Maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research;
2. Ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards;
3. Supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers;
4. Using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise;
5. Working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to review process regularly and openly.

Responsibility for commitment to these principles lies with the Institute as an employer and supporter of research through our Substantive Sites and Partner research organisations. Responsibility also lies with external organisations involved in our research such as funders, and individual researchers.

HDR UK promotes an organisational culture in which the highest standards of personal conduct are encouraged and expected, and ensures that research integrity is embedded in the research environment through leadership and supporting infrastructure including contractual agreements. The Institute takes appropriate action, in line with the relevant policies, in instances where there are allegations or discoveries of research misconduct or fraud.

The Institute Director has responsibility for ensuring that HDR UK meets its obligations and observes best practice in research integrity.

Anyone who has any concerns or wishes to raise any issues in relation to research and its integrity at HDR UK should contact the Deputy Director / Chief Operating Officer.