Remit, programmes and priorities - MRC


Our research portfolio and priorities

MRC’s five research boards have strategic priorities that help guide the research they invest in. Find out more about strategy and priority areas for each of our research boards:

MRC’s cross-cutting themes also help guide what we invest in across our research portfolio. Our cross cutting-themes are:

Our data science vision and strategy

MRC’s vision is to gain new scientific insights into health and wellbeing by harnessing relevant information from clinical, population, cellular and molecular datasets, and a wide variety of other sources.

This vision is underpinned by five strategic elements:

  • supporting cutting-edge research using large datasets
  • funding infrastructure, tools and technologies to enable data collection, management, storage, linkage, analysis and interpretation
  • building capacity in the range of data science skills needed for such data-driven research and innovation
  • policies to encourage FAIR data – which meets the principles of findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability
  • developing frameworks and guidance to protect sensitive data and ensure data is managed in safe research environments with appropriate governance.

Last updated: 22 March 2022

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