Who We Are

The Farr Institute is a UK-wide research collaboration involving 21 academic institutions and health partners in England, Scotland and Wales. Publically funded by a consortium of ten organisations led by the Medical Research Council, the Institute is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge research using ‘big data’ to advance the health and care of patients and the public.

Our mission

The Farr Institute aims to position the UK as a world leader in health informatics research through scientific discovery and the enhancement of patient and public health. By analysing data from multiple sources and collaborating with the government, public sector, academia and industry, the Institute will unleash the value of vast sources of clinical, biological, population and environmental data for public benefit.

Our history

In March 2013, a consortium of ten funders made a £17.5m research award to develop four Centres of Excellence in eHealth informatics research. This was supplemented by an additional £20m in capital funds from the Medical Research Council to create a world-class institute and computing infrastructure for creative research.

Led by Swansea University, the University of Manchester, University College London and the University of Dundee, four Centres were created; Farr Institute CIPHER, HeRC, London, and Scotland. These Centres formed the cornerstones of a research network tasked with optimizing the safe and trusted use of clinical, environment and population data in health research.

The Centres created the infrastructure for cross-sector collaboration, developing a broader research community and harnessing expertise from across government, public sector, academia and industry.

A further £2m was awarded by the Medical Research Council to develop this UK-wide research network. Inspired by William Farr, a nineteenth-century British epidemiologist regarded as one of the founders of medical statistics, The Farr Institute was created as an overarching brand to represent and accelerate research led by the four Centres and to unite the collaborative research, innovation and partnerships occurring across the wider UK network.

Find out more about our original Centres:

Farr Institute, CIPHER
Farr Institute, HeRC
Farr Institute, London
Farr Institute, Scotland

Our Partners

Public Sector

  • Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
  • Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • Avon Primary Care Research Collaboration
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
  • Cornwall Council
  • Cwm Taf University Health Board
  • Hywel Dda University Health Board
  • NHS Kernow
  • NHS North
  • NHS Wales Informatics Service
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Powys Teaching Health Board
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust


  • Curtin University
  • Manchester Academic Health Science Centre
  • Monash University
  • National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
  • Ottawa University
  • UCL Partners
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Western Australia


  • AstraZeneca
  • Cisco
  • Clinithink
  • GPC Solutions
  • GSK
  • HPC Wales
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • NWeH
  • Open Connections
  • Quintiles
  • Risual
  • Siemens

To find out more about our work, visit the Research and Education section of our website.

Patients and the public

The best interests of patients and the public are at the heart of The Farr Institute’s research. In order to represent their views in the work that we do, we have four regional public panels.

To find out more about our Public Panels, visit the Public Engagement and Involvement section of our website.

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