Past initiatives

NCRI initiatives vary in format and scope and are often set to run for a defined period of time in the first instance. If there is still more to do, further funding will be sought from within NCRI or an NCRI Partner or other organisation will take on the initiative on an ongoing basis as part of their work. If it is agreed that there is no further scope for collaborative action then the initiative is closed and an end-of-initiative report is produced to evaluate the initiative and the impact it made. Below are a list of our past initiatives that have either been incorporated into other NCRI work or that of one of our Partners, or closed.


The National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) was established in 2004 to provide funds to support more research on various health behaviours in relation to disease prevention. A consortium of research funders, brought together through the work of NCRI provided ~ £34m across four phases of funding – this supported 74 projects focused on developing and testing mechanisms to encourage positive health behaviour such as eating a balanced diet, increasing physical activity, reducing smoking, and minimising alcohol consumption. The Medical Research Council (MRC) now manages the NPRI and they have undertaken a review of the NPRI in order to generate recommendations for next steps in prevention research.

» Further information about NPRI (MRC website)

Early detection

The National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) initiative was set up in 2008 to support activities and research that promotes cancer awareness and the earlier diagnosis of cancer. A consortium of research funders, brought together through the work of NCRI, pledged £7.5m to support high-quality investigator-led research in the area. The initiative is managed by Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

» Further information about NAEDI (CRUK website)

PET imaging

The NCRI PET Core Lab, based at St Thomas’ Hospital, co-ordinated a network of accredited PET centres using commonly agreed standards to deliver high quality PET data for multicentre cancer clinical trials. It ran from 2008 to July 2015 and was funded by a subset of NCRI Partners. In August 2015 responsibility for the NCRI PET Core Lab was transferred from NCRI to the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres and an end-of-initiative report was produced by NCRI.

» PET Core Lab website

» NCRI PET Core Lab report 2012-2015 (PDF)

End of life care

The UK end of life care research interest group (eolcRIG) was launched by NCRI in 2012, and is now managed by Marie Curie.  The group has more than 25 member organisations who work together to bring end-of-life care research into the mainstream, raising awareness and stimulating activity amongst funders and researchers.

»Further information about eolcRIG (Marie Curie website)