NATIONAL PREVENTION RESEARCH INITIATIVE (NPRI)
NPRI has just made the funding decitions for its fourth phase of research funding. NPRI is a multidisciplinary national initiative which supports research to improve health and prevent cancer and other chronic diseases and conditions. NPRI was established in 2004 in response to NCRI’s 2004 report on Prevention and Risk research in the UK.
The research projects awarded funding in Phase 4 were announced in early 2012. This call focused on cross-disciplinary research which develops or tests interventions that can potentially have a major impact on population health.
Since 2005, 74 projects have been supported by a combined total of £33 million through the first 4 phases of NPRI funding. These projects explore a range of approaches to encourage positive health behaviour to prevent or minimise smoking or alcohol consumption, to encourage physical activity and good diet and have also included the use of existing datasets to understand the determinants of behaviour and the role of incentives in behaviour change.
NPRI is sponsored by a broad consortium of funders brought together by NCRI. The current funders are:
- Alzheimer’s Research UK
- Alzheimer’s Society
- Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
- British Heart Foundation
- Cancer Research UK
- Chief Scientist Office, Scottish Government Health Directorates
- Department of Health (England)
- Diabetes UK
- Economic and Social Research Council
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
- Health & Social Care Research & Development, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland
- Medical Research Council
- The Stroke Association
- Wellcome Trust
- Welsh Government
- World Cancer Research Fund