How Is All of Us Different?

Unlike a single research study focused on a specific disease or population, All of Us will serve as a national research resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide variety of health conditions.

Several factors combine to make All of Us a special research program:

Breadth

With a goal of enrolling one million or more participants across America, All of Us aims to build one of the largest health databases of its kind. As the volume of data grows, patterns will emerge that wouldn’t be visible at a smaller scale.

Diversity

All of Us aims to engage a community of participants that reflects the diversity of America, including many people who haven’t taken part in medical research before. We welcome participants both healthy and sick, of all backgrounds and walks of life, from all regions across the country.

Depth

We’re collecting many types of data—from surveys, electronic health records, biosamples, and more. Over time, we will offer new ways for participants to provide data, based on emerging technologies and scientific opportunities. That will help researchers gain a fuller picture of participants’ health and the factors that influence disease.

Duration

The initial plan for the program spans 10 years, but it may last even longer. By engaging participants over the long term, we can gather more information and learn more about how health and disease change over time.

Accessibility

All of Us aims to make it easy for a variety of researchers—from university professors to citizen scientists—to make discoveries using data and biosamples collected through the program. Our team has built a secure infrastructure for researchers to request data access, with multiple safeguards in place to protect participants’ privacy.

Engagement

Participants are partners in All of Us. We seek participant input on every aspect of the program to make it better as we go, guided by a central commitment to transparency. Participants will have full access to the data they share and information about all of the research projects that use All of Us data.

Innovation

With All of Us, we’re working to take research to a new level. The program’s model—of engaging participants nationwide, collecting many types of information over time, and building a data platform broadly accessible for research—could shape the ways people conduct research in the future. We will be collecting data to find out what works best, and share these lessons with other research programs around the world.