Welsh Government

Research Studies in Wales

Health and Care Research Wales Research Directory

The Health and Care Research Wales Research Directory is a comprehensive database of the health and social care research activity taking place across Wales. It includes eligible non-commercial and industry-funded health and social care research studies, non-portfolio studies, biobanks and research data registries. Read our Research Directory Policy here.

If you have a study or research activity you think should be included in the Research Directory please visit our Research Support page.

View the studies

Follow the links below to view the current list of active research in each category of the Research Directory. The Research Directory changes regularly as studies open or close, and is updated on a monthly basis. A complete list of studies is also available to download from our website.

Covid-19 research in Wales

For more information and advice on the Health and Care Research Wales Research Directory please email portfolio@wales.nhs.uk or read our FAQ’s.

Health and Care Research Wales Portfolio 

The Health and Care Research Wales Health and Social Care Portfolio provides a register of the commercial and high quality non-commercial health and social care research studies being undertaken across Wales that meet specific eligibility criteria.


All studies that do not meet the portfolio criteria are captured in this part of the directory. This includes NHS studies developed through Pathway to Portfolio activities, commissioned studies, studies funded through non-competitive schemes and studies commissioned locally.


A Biobank can be defined as a type of biorepository that stores biological samples (usually human) for use in research. Biobanks have become an important resource in medical research, in particular supporting research relating to genomics and precision medicine. Biobanks give researchers access to data representing a large number of people. Samples in biobanks and the data derived from those samples can often be used by multiple researchers for a range of research studies and purposes.

Research Database Studies

Research Data Registries are organised systems that collect uniform data (clinical and other) to evaluate specified outcomes for a population defined by a particular disease, condition, or exposure, and serve one or more predetermined scientific, clinical or policy purpose. 

Research Directory Policy 


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