Applications now open 

Team working is core to HDR UK’s mission. This award will celebrate collaborative endeavours by groups of researchers, innovators, technologists and more. working together within HDR UK and beyond. You can nominate a team or propose your own for Team of the year.

Last year, this award went to the HDR UK Sprint Exemplar Project in Rare Diseases Team – led by John Bradley, Cambridge University Hospitals & Gut Reaction, The Health Data Research Hub for Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseRead more about 2020’s winning and highly commended teams.

Health Data Research UK would like to invite applications for the Team of the year award, as part of HDR UK’s Scientific Conference, 23rd June 2021. 

Nominations and Applications 

Teams can be nominated*, or apply directly, for HDR UK Team of the year. The application form for nominations or applications is available at this link: 

Apply or nominate a team for ‘Team of the year’

To make an application you will be asked to provide information on team members and evidence of meeting some of the selection criteria (below; 250 words each), by the 16th of May deadline. 

*If you are nominating a team, please provide as much detail in the application as possible.  HDR UK will reach out to the nominees to provide additional detail where required – as a result, deadlines for nominating someone else’s work are 9th May. 


Teams working together on health data research are eligible.  We define a team as three or more individuals working together, including researchers, scientists, technologists, triallists and more. working as part of HDR UK or beyond. 


The winning team will be selected by a high-level panel, with a background in team science. Their decision will be based on how the team has exemplified HDR UK’s values and/or how well the team work together. Shortlisted teams will be announced prior to the HDRUK Scientific Conference and the winner will be announced at the event itself. 

Selection criteria

We are looking for collaborative and productive teams with exemplary team-working characteristics. The selection panel will be looking for evidence of several of the following criteria: 

  • Outstanding achievements relating to the HDR UK mission of uniting health data to improve people’s lives 
  • Channelling HDR UK’s values (transparency, optimism, respect, courage and humility). 
  • Exemplary team-working characteristics and/or processes 
  • Coming through challenging times together 
  • Innovative and inclusive leadership, e.g. with respect to equality, inclusion and diversity 
  • Bringing together a highly-functional interdisciplinary and/or intersectoral team with complementary skills – demonstrating equal, inclusive and diverse membership (such as members from a range of career stages, geographies). 

Selection committee 

  • Anne Ridley, Head School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Bristol (chair) 
  • Lucy Dixon, HDR UK Public Advisory Board 
  • Nicole Mather, Life Sciences Lead, IBM 
  • Thanasis Tsanas, University of Edinburgh
  • Moody Alam, Head of Data Science, The Brain Tumour Charity



A trophy will be awarded to the winning team.


The winning team will receive:

  • A professional virtual training session of choice in team building, leadership skills, resilience, or personal well-being delivered by a highly experience trainer – in addition to a tailored consultation and follow-up with HDR UK’s Learning and Development Manager.
  • A mentoring session from a choice of HDR UK Executive Committee Members including Caroline Cake (strategy, leadership, transformation, capability building, and delivery planning) and David Seymour (strategic partnerships, stakeholder management, and data access)


The top 3 teams will have a professionally written case study featured on HDR UK’s website and promoted on our social media channels.


  • 08/04/21 Open for nominations and applications 
  • 09/05/21, 17:00 BST Deadline for nominations 
  • 16/05/21, 17:00 BST Deadline for applications 
  • 11/06/21 Shortlisted candidates announced 
  • 23/06/21 Winner announced at HDR UK Scientific Conference 

Further information 

If you have any questions, please email

Don’t forget to register for the conference