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Smart Data Research UK

Let’s do good
things with data

We’re the UK’s national programme for smart data research. Our mission is to unlock the power of data to improve lives.

What is smart data?

Smart data is made whenever we engage with the digital world. When we buy something, ‘like’ something, or get directions.

If used for scientific research smart data can change our world. It can help us to understand important social challenges – from disease prevention to climate change.  

What we do

Working with companies

We bring together companies, researchers and the public to unlock the power of smart data for research. 

Supporting researchers

We provide researchers with safe access to smart data.

Our work

We prioritise public involvement, transparency, ethics and responsibility.

Research themes

Productivity and prosperity for all

Smart data can help us understand what drives growth and innovation. It helps us plan infrastructure for different communities across the UK, and tackle inequalities.

Health and wellbeing

Smart data can provide insights to improve population health and tackle inequalities, helping us live longer, healthier lives. 

Digital society

Smart data can provide insights about online safety, misinformation, the digital divide and the future of work. 


Smart data can help tackle issues such as decarbonisation, green growth and the transition to a sustainable future.

Latest news and funding

All news and funding articles ordered by publication date

Elena Musi Blog

Getting smarter about smart data

Elena Musi talks about Smart Data Research UK's digital data dive at the University of Liverpool.

Frank Gauld talking about financial data's role in unlocking social challenges. Blog

Financial data a key to social challenges

For the second in our new blog series, we welcome Frank Gauld, CEO of Smart Data Foundry.

Five more tips from strategy Blog

Five more tips from our strategy

Dip into more tips and insights from Smart Data Research UK's stakeholder engagement work.


New world of smart data series

Our director, Joe Cuddeford, launches a new blog series exploring the smart data research landscape.

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