Population Research UK (PRUK) is a new national resource designed to maximise the use of, and benefits from, UK longitudinal population studies across social, economic and biomedical science. PRUK is funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Infrastructure Fund and is currently in a commissioning phase.
UK longitudinal population studies (LPS) are a national asset based on the generous donation of detailed longitudinal data by participants over decades.
PRUK will maximise the potential of this data by bringing together and developing the infrastructure, processes and people that will enable LPS data to be efficiently enhanced, accessed and analysed.
PRUK is expected to:
- help remove barriers to the use of data across multiple LPS resources, where data may have been collected in different formats
- broaden insights from LPS data through data linkage (between studies and to routine and other data), and capitalise on cutting-edge approaches in data capture, data storage and processing technologies and analytics
- work with studies to develop practices and standards that ensure UK LPS infrastructures are interoperable with each other in the future and with other international LPS data-sharing initiatives
- work with existing infrastructures to help increase policy relevance and impact through engagement of policymaker stakeholders
- respond to the public voice on complex data-sharing issues, and seek to maintain public confidence in using their biomedical, health and socioeconomic data for research.
In this way, PRUK will be able to facilitate a greater research understanding of the following determinants of health:
PRUK will also be able to facilitate a greater research understanding of the complex interplay between the above, which will guide improvements in health and societal wellbeing, and inform economic, health and social policy.
The scope of PRUK will include all significant UK LPS, encompassing longitudinal population studies, panel studies and biobanks.
PRUK activities will prioritise resources currently or previously funded by ESRC and MRC in the first instance.
Wellcome has worked alongside UKRI to develop PRUK and may in the future consider whether to become a funding partner. We anticipate that PRUK will be established during 2023, as a result of an open competitive process.