UK Prevention Research Partnership An alliance of funders supporting research into the primary prevention of non-communicable diseases

  • The Health Foundation is a member of the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP).
  • Its vision is to generate new insights into actionable, sustainable and cost-effective ways of preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that will improve population health and reduce health inequalities in the UK.
  • The second call for proposals is open until 14 November 2019 – visit the UKPRP website for more information.

The UKPRP has committed £25 million to support this research.

The first round of UKPRP funding has been awarded to eight projects, bringing together leading researchers as well as local and national policy makers, charities, non-government organisations (NGOs) and the public. 

The awards cover a wide variety of issues, including investigating the approaches used by commercial producers of tobacco, alcohol and food to promote products; school food systems and their effects on the quality of children’s diets; and embedding health considerations in urban planning and decision-making processes. 


Awards are made through two types of funding:

  • Consortium award: £4 million - £7 million for five years. These are interdisciplinary research programmes aimed at tackling a specific challenge to prevent people becoming ill. They aim to generate and implement new ideas that can deliver change at a population-level.
  • Network award: £100,000 per annum for up to four years. This funding is to develop new communities of researchers from diverse disciplines (including experts not previously involved in prevention research), to tackle NCD prevention.


Successful consortia awards:

  • Professor Linda Bauld (University of Edinburgh) - SPECTRUM: Shaping public health policies to reduce inequalities and harm. £5.9 million.
  • Professor Matthew Hickman (University of Bristol) – TRU3D: Tackling Root Causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Development. £6.6 million.
  • Professor Petra Meier (University of Sheffield)- the SIPHER consortium - Systems science In Public Health Economic Research. £4.9 million.
  • Professor John Wright (Bradford Institute of Health Research) - ActEarly: a city collaboratory approach to early promotion of good health and wellbeing. £6.6 million.

Successful network awards:

  • Ruth Dundas (University of Glasgow) - MatCH-Net: Maternal and Child Health Network. Harnessing cross-country administrative data to evaluate national policy impacts on maternal, infant and child health and health inequalities. £408,000 over 4 years.
  • Professor Paul Kingston (University of Chester) - PETRA: Prevention of diseases using trade agreements. £318,000 over 3 years.
  • Professor Laurence Moore (University of Glasgow) – PHASE: The Population Health Agent-based Simulation Network. £402,000 over 4 years.
  • Professor Jayne Woodside (Queen's University Belfast) – GENIUS network:  Generating Excellent Nutrition In UK Schools.  Opportunities for intervention and innovation in the UK School Food System: £254,000 over 2.5 years.


A second UKPRP funding call for proposals for consortia and networks launched on 3 September 2019 and closes on 14 November 2019. There will be an information and networking event in London on 24 September to discuss the call and application process.

Further information on each of the successful projects, the second round and the information and networking event, can be found on the UKPRP website.

Logos for the partner organisations in the UKPRP, including the Health Foundation

How can we lead longer healthier lives? Primary prevention research matters

10 March 2021

Liz Cairncross reflects on the value of investing in research to prevent ill health, following a recent report from the Medical Research Council about primary prevention research in the UK.

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