What is CO-CONNECT?

CO-CONNECT is a research project to streamline the process for scientists across the UK to find and request access to the data they need to understand COVID-19 and develop potential therapies and treatments, all whilst keeping patient data confidential. It is funded by the Medical Research Council (Part of UKRI) and the Department of Health and Social Care (part of NIHR) in direct response to the pandemic.

The project is supported by the CO-CONNECT team based at the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh, and Nottingham (lead institution). The team provides supporting capabilities in data handling, data curation to OMOP, data governance and data infrastructure. The team never have access to identifiable or pseudonymous patient data.