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UK Prevention Research Partnership Funding Opportunities

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The UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain would like to invite UCL researchers to a meeting on Thursday 6th July 3.30-5pm (Roberts Building, Room 421) to explore the opportunities offered by the new UK Prevention Research Partnership.

The UKPRP is a partnership of charity and public funders (ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NIHR and the health departments, British Heart Foundation and Wellcome Trust) focussed on improving population health, and reducing health inequalities, through the primary prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The Partnership will invest £40 - £50 million over 6-7 years in multi-disciplinary research that delivers impact through working closely with policy makers, providers and the beneficiaries of new interventions, products or strategies. UKPRP will provide support both to build multidisciplinary prevention networks and to fund research consortia. Further information is attached and on the MRC website, and the funding calls are expected to be launched over the summer.

The UKPRP will examine the best ways of modifying common risk factors for and determinants of NCDs, and reducing inequalities in these, through population level actions. It will develop and build on basic research in a number of relevant disciplines (e.g. social, biomedical, engineering, environmental and computing sciences); use and develop appropriate methods for evaluating the effectiveness and value of existing or novel preventive strategies; and engage with stakeholders to produce clear answers to important questions relevant to decision makers. The partnership will target NCDs since this is where the needs and opportunities are greatest. It will seek to cover:

• mental health and wellbeing as well as physical health;

• common risk exposures relevant across a range of NCDs;

• environments or settings relevant to these risk exposures (for example schools, neighbourhoods, workplaces, retail outlets, families, dwellings);

• systems relevant to these exposures and settings (such as local government, design and construction of neighbourhoods, primary and secondary care, transport or urban planning, education, welfare, workplaces);

• strategies relevant both to whole populations and to subgroups (e.g. regional and local contexts; or ethnic, gender or socio-economic groups), rather than focusing solely on individuals, in order to investigate both population wide effects and subgroup differences in the impact of preventive approaches;

• the tailoring or adaption of strategies for particularly vulnerable groups;

• the development of better understanding of the reasons for the differential benefit derived from preventive strategies (e.g. by socio-economic group, ethnicity, gender etc);

• protective or enabling factors and how to support these, as well as risk factors/exposures;

• the costs and benefits of existing or proposed preventive strategies, and a broad assessment of return on investment in these, recognising the long term nature of some of these returns;

• the assessment of the social and environmental co-benefits of strategies to reduce NCDs;

• the development of better understanding of implementation and evaluation strategies in complex adaptive systems.

We’d like to present 2-3 big ideas UCL consortia could focus on (e.g. health inequities, urban nightlife and health), to encourage involvement from a wide range of disciplines. Please email s.welsher@ucl.ac.uk by 28th June if you have an idea for a consortium you would like to present to new collaborators.

This is an excellent opportunity to harness the vast expertise of the UCL community involved in health of the public research, so we look forward to meeting with you.

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