Data has been fundamental to the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the UK moves out of the critical phase into recovery, there is an opportunity to re-evaluate the investments that have been made in data research infrastructures, and the research use cases across domains, to ensure that they are joined-up, impactful and support research at scale.
UK Research and Innovation has initiated a programme to consult on the requirements for a UK-wide federated, digital infrastructure for sensitive data research that has the confidence, and meets the needs of researchers, data controllers, and the public. It will explore approaches for the next generation of Trusted Research Environments (TREs) that will enable fast and efficient sharing, linkage and advanced analysis of sensitive data in an ethical and secure manner.
About the Sprint Launch Call:
As part of the first phase of this work we will be running a programme of Sprint Exemplar Projects. These projects will provide an exciting opportunity to be bid for funding to carry out a process of uncovering and testing early thinking and developing potential use cases, technical proof-of-concepts as well as exploring the governance, ethical and public engagement and involvement aspects of developing a next generation of Digital Research Infrastructure based on trustworthiness, security, and interoperability.
This event will launch this competition and be an opportunity to find out more about the requirements of these sprint projects and how to apply.