Influencing policy

Science policy affects a broad range of issues, ranging from data sharing and gene editing, to intellectual property and regulation.

Our work

Open research

We want the research we fund – like publications, data, software and materials – to be open and accessible, so it can have the greatest possible impact.

Patient data in research

Patient data is hugely valuable for research. But the value of that data can only be unlocked if concerns about patient privacy are taken seriously.

Data sharing in public health emergencies

Research is an essential part of being ready for and responding to public health emergencies.

Research practice

Good research practice is one of the foundations of high-quality research.

Government investment in research

Government investment plays an important part in supporting scientific excellence in the UK.

Accelerated Access Review

The recommendations set out in the review mark one of the first steps towards making sure that promising drugs, devices, diagnostics and digital products are adopted quickly across the NHS.

Gene editing in research

Gene editing allows scientists to change gene sequences by adding, replacing or removing sections of DNA.

Data Protection Regulation

The new European Data Protection Regulation was agreed in April 2016 and will take effect from May 2018.

EU copyright law reform

The European Commission has published a proposal to update EU copyright law so that it applies equally across Europe and is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

Research involving animals

Almost every major breakthrough in human and veterinary medicine has depended on the use of animals in the research, development or testing of new therapies. 

Mitochondrial donation

Mitochondrial donation is an IVF technique that gives families affected by mitochondrial disease the chance of having healthy children.

EU medical devices regulations

The European Union is revising regulations governing the manufacture and sale of medical devices.

Expert Advisory Group on Data Access

The Expert Advisory Group on Data Access provides strategic advice to its funders about the scientific, legal and ethical issues of data access for cohort studies and human genetics research.

Public Health Research Data Forum

The Public Health Research Data Forum brings together more than 20 funders of global health research to support ways of sharing health research data.

Reports

Ensuring global equity in global research [PDF 338KB]

  • October 2016

A commissioned review looking at how to make sure data sharing benefits research globally.

Building and sustaining data infrastructures [PDF 531KB]

  • October 2016

This commissioned review looks at the data infrastructure provision available to Wellcome-funded researchers and suggests areas where improvements could be helpful.

Interoperability standards [PDF 288KB]

  • October 2016

We commissioned a review looking at interoperability standards for digital research outputs.

More reports

Briefings and responses