Through our Research Driver Programmes, we will enhance and assemble national scale ‘research ready’ data assets, creating ‘data foundations’ that will enable discoveries using data across the whole population of the UK. These data foundations will involve a range of large-scale data from biological, environmental, molecular, pathogen, environmental and electronic health records, managed by a range of partners in academia, NHS, government, industry and charities.

As an integral part of our strategy, the five research driver programmes will test and improve trustworthy health data infrastructure for the wider benefit of the research community.

Each programme focuses on an area where data science has great potential to improve public health, prevent people from becoming unwell, and enhance patient care. They will achieve this through taking advantage of the range of datasets available across the UK that are relevant to human health, and collectively spanning discovery, prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment.