What is Population Research UK?
HDR UK is leading the development of a new initiative called Population Research UK (PRUK) on behalf of the ESRC, the MRC, and Wellcome. PRUK will increase the insights, innovations and research efficiency of the UK’s wealth of social and biomedical longitudinal population studies (LPS) – cohorts, panel studies and record-linkage studies that all collect information from large numbers of individuals over time.
Through bringing studies and data together, PRUK will enable a greater understanding of the complex interplay between biological, social, economic and environmental determinants of health, social and economic outcomes, and address high-impact research questions that single studies cannot address alone.
PRUK will be a national data infrastructure with significant investment to support it. It will learn from and complement existing research infrastructures in an interdisciplinary way, to combine the biomedical, social and economic sciences. It will will focus on increasing access of data to new and potential users across academia, public bodies, charities and industry, and providing services and expertise to users that facilitates research. The programme will support current LPS through tackling, jointly, challenges in data curation, linkage and analytics, and create research efficiencies from doing things on behalf of the community that can benefit all.
Design and Dialogue Phase
To further define the requirements for PRUK, HDR UK is managing – on behalf of the funders – an open Design and Dialogue programme with LPS leads and the teams that manage studies, researchers that use and access LPS data, wider stakeholders and the public to develop PRUK.
This scoping will put user needs at the centre of PRUK specification, and work collaboratively to learn from the existing research initiatives and infrastructures that support and deliver LPS research. Following the Design and Dialogue Programme, it is expected a funding Call will be announced jointly between the three funders in autumn 2021 for leadership and partners to deliver PRUK.
- For the slide deck from the our launch webinar click here
- For minutes and actions from our Design and Dialogue programme click here
- For answers to commonly asked Design and Dialogue questions click here
A Partnership Group composed of invited representatives will meet regularly to make recommendations and active feedback from the wider community throughout the design and dialogue phase. The membership and terms of reference can be viewed here.
If you would like to ask a question about PRUK please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will regularly publish public updates and responses on the HDR UK website.