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Renewed multi-million pound effort to prevent disease

Medical Research Council website

12 June 2008

A partnership of government departments, research organisations and charities is offering up to £12M to researchers to tackle risk factors for a range of diseases such coronary heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) funds research aimed at improving health and preventing diseases or conditions such as cancer, heart and circulatory diseases, diabetes, obesity, stroke and dementia.

The initiative supports research on behaviours associated with significant risks to health, such as poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking and alcohol consumption, and on the environmental factors that influence those behaviours.

The NPRI was established in 2004 to increase the availability of funds for prevention research. In May 2008, the Initiative awarded almost £3M for projects that aim to identify ways of preventing people becoming ill.

Dr Marlie Ferenczi, who manages the NPRI, said: “This is the third opportunity to fund projects under this initiative. We want to encourage work that sees researchers from different disciplines working together to find new ways to prevent disease. This research can yield vast improvements in the health of the UK population and we want to encourage more work in this important area. Ultimately this is about giving people the information and support they need to ensure they live longer and healthier lives.”

The Initiative will fund research based on good science and relevant to practice or policy, which could:

  • develop interventions
  • test efficacy
  • evaluate effectiveness and cost-effectiveness and/or
  • evaluate methods for encouraging the uptake or implementation of interventions known to be effective

Studies that focus on long-term behaviour change are particularly welcomed.

For more information about the background to the National Prevention and Research Initiative, funding awards made in phase 1 and details of the call for proposals for phase 2 please visit


Notes to editors

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact the MRC press office.

NPRI-3 is supported by the following Funding Partners:

  • Alzheimer’s Research Trust
  • 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
  • Diabetes UK
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Health & Social Care Research & Development Office for Northern Ireland
  • Medical Research Council
  • The Stroke Association
  • Welsh Assembly Government
  • World Cancer Research Fund

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