Corporate report

UKHSA science strategy 2023 to 2033: securing health and prosperity

Outlines the scientific assets, capabilities and ambitions of UKHSA, and our plan to protect the nation’s health from current and future health threats.


UKHSA science strategy

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The science strategy shares our vision of how, through science, we will secure health and prosperity. It describes how we can develop our current scientific disciplines and infrastructures to meet the current and future health threats both nationally and globally.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) protects our communities from infectious diseases and the impact of chemical, radiological and other environmental health hazards. Our work depends on generating and applying the best scientific evidence.

Through investment in scientific workforce and deeper partnerships with industry and academia, the strategy sets out UKHSA’s ambitions to:

  • predict and anticipate health threats, through investing in genomics, data science and surveillance, including disease vector (such as mosquitoes and ticks) surveillance

  • create a more secure environment, by enhancing our understanding of the threats in the environment and building scientific defences against these hazards

  • reduce and eliminate health threats, by strengthening the scientific evidence underpinning health protection programmes – at home and abroad

  • act on the scientific evidence, translating data, knowledge and insights into practical actions

  • unlock the potential of scientific assets, and secure the legacy from the pandemic to increase the impact of our science on health and economic prosperity, strengthening vaccine and diagnostic development and evaluation and data science

Published 16 May 2023