19th July, 2019

Researchers and innovators requiring access to data to help solve complex heath and care challenges are invited to apply to participate in Health Data Research UK’s Sandbox. 

The Health Data Research UK Sandbox is a virtual testing environment for products, services, innovations or knowledge that require access to large scale data to improve the health of patients and the population. The Sandbox will provide test cases for a government initiative, delivered by Health Data Research UK, to transform access to the UK’s health data – safely and securely – for research that could pioneer new and faster treatments for patients and find new cures for diseases.

Health Data Research UK is the national institute for health data science with a mission to align the UK’s health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives.  It is seeking applications from researchers and innovators across healthcare, academia and companies of all sizes to participate in the Sandbox.  Ideas, products or services that are sought include those that will benefit patients and the public; demonstrate the innovative use of health data; or test the elements of the Digital Innovation Hub Programme – a £37.5 million programme funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) to create a world-leading data infrastructure and UK-wide approach to secure data services.

If successful, the selected ‘use cases’ will receive access to expertise in coding, technology, meta data and study feasibility, alongside access to use secure data through the Digital Innovation Hub Programme.  The development and testing environment of the Health Data Research UK Sandbox will also create a community of researchers and innovators who share a mission to use health data securely and responsibly to benefit patients.

Caroline Cake, Chief Operating Officer at Health Data Research UK, said: “Our Sandbox provides an exciting and unique opportunity for researchers and innovators to contribute to the development of the UK’s health data research infrastructure and at the same time get input on their ideas and access to secure data.  We’re interested in hearing from people from diverse backgrounds and organisations to help us test the Digital Innovation Hub programme, which aims to support the UK in its ambition to become the home of health data science.”

For further information and to apply visit the Health Data Research UK website. Applications close at 5pm on 7 August 2019.