Research data practices in the UK biosciences
Community survey

The members of the ELIXIR-UK node, through funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), have commissioned the Technopolis Group to carry out a feasibility study for developing a support infrastructure for life science data management in the UK. This new initiative, called BioFAIR, aims to respond to the need for enhanced skills and practices of data intensive biosciences and act as a knowledge and data broker for the UK life sciences community.

A central part of the feasibility study is to gather the views of members of the UK life science research community who work on data regardless of their current knowledge around data management. This will help us to understand the state of FAIR* research data management practices in the research community, and to identify and validate several design options for BioFAIR. The survey should take about 25 minutes to complete. We hope that you will be able to assist the study team and share your experience, which would be extremely valuable in shaping the future of BioFAIR.

* FAIR is the name of a set of guiding principles that were developed for ‘good’ scientific data management in 2016. These principles intend to help to improve the Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse of research data and related digital assets. Once these principles are implemented, individual researchers and machines can reuse valuable data generated in scientific research.  

Please note that none of the questions in this survey are mandatory and you are able to withdraw at any time. All individual answers and comments will be treated in strict confidence and will be used by Technopolis for the sole purpose of the BioFAIR feasibility study. The findings will be published as a report and will present results in aggregate form only, responses will not be attributable to you or your organisation.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey – your participation is extremely important to inform the study. The survey will remain open until 12 April 2021.

If you have any further questions about the study, please contact the Technopolis project manager Dr Peter Varnai by emailing BioFAIR-study@technopolis-group-com.

Technopolis is a registered data manager under the UK Data Protection Act and complies with EU GDPR regulation. We have established processes to ensure the security of the data and information that we collect and hold. For more information about Technopolis’ privacy policy, please visit
9% of survey complete.