Smart Data Research UK: data services indications of interest

Closed 10 Oct 2023

Opened 15 Aug 2023


This is an invite for indications of interest to deliver the next stage of Smart Data Research UK (formerly Digital Footprints) data services. The data services will build long-term partnerships with data owners and deliver hundreds of research-ready and linked data sets on equal access terms to all accredited researchers.

The indications of interest stage will run from 15 August 2023 to 10 October 2023.

  • Please read the guidance (pdf) document at the bottom of the page
  • Please read our strategy for Smart Data Research UK available here
  • Then respond to our guiding questions via the survey in the link below. 

We will not provide peer reviewed feedback on the scientific quality of your indication of interest, but we will provide high level feedback on strategic fit to the Smart Data Research UK portfolio.

If you would like to discuss your ideas with us, please contact:


  • Call for indications of interest: 15 August 2023 - 10 October 2023
  • Call for full proposals: early 2024 - Spring 2024
  • Full proposal decisions: Summer 2024
  • Data services operational: late 2024 - Spring 2029


All personal data provided to UK Research and Innovation via this form will be processed in accordance with current UK data protection legislation. Further information on how we use personal data can be found in the UK Research and Innovation Privacy Notice ( If you have any questions about this engagement exercise, please contact

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