The Nuffield Council on Bioethics and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are working together to gain a clearer understanding of how the ethical implications of biological and medical research are considered by people and organisations in the UK. 

THIS SURVEY CLOSED ON 15 SEPTEMBER. We would like to thank everyone who responded.

We are asking individuals/organisations to fill in a survey that will help us to:

  • better understand how bioethics questions are chosen and investigated
  • think about the lessons we can learn from the pandemic and 
  • explore what further support might be needed by people and organisations to help them consider the ethical implications of biological and medical research.

We would like to hear from anyone who considers the ethical implications of biological and medical research as part of their role. This is likely to include people who work in research institutes and universities, Government departments, Parliamentary bodies, regulatory bodies, research funding bodies, professional bodies, charities, and NGOs. People are able to respond anonymously if they wish.

Individuals, groups, and organisations are frequently called on to consider the ethical implications of biological and medical research. Our aim is to explore the bioethics activities taking place in the UK and the processes that are undertaken to identify and investigate bioethics topics. We hope this will help us identify examples of best practice and useful tools that could help the community to consider the ethical implications of research in a thoughtful and robust manner, contribute to public debates around ethical issues, and embed ethics thinking in policy making.

We would be very grateful if you would find time to complete the survey and pass it on to colleagues and contacts who have an interest in this subject.

If you have any questions about this survey, including how we will use your response, please contact