MRC is a co-signatory of the Sharing research data to improve public health: joint statement of purpose, which states that much data collection that can improve public health research is expensive and time-consuming. Therefore, making research datasets available to investigators beyond the original research team in a timely and responsible manner, subject to appropriate safeguards, will generate key benefits:
- faster progress in improving health
- better value for money
- higher quality science.
The statement’s principles are that research funders agree to promote greater access to and use of data in ways that are equitable, ethical and efficient.
For further information, please go to the Wellcome Trust website.