UKCRC initiative

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The major funders of public health research in the UK came together under the auspices of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) to develop a coordinated approach to improving the UK public health research environment. The findings of the UKCRC Public Health Research Strategic Planning Group (SPG) are documented in a report, Strengthening Public Health Research in the UK.

An outcome of this report was a commitment of over £20m by a consortium of eight funding partners to create five UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence. The Centres are building academic capacity, increasing infrastructure and promoting multi-disciplinary working in public health research in the UK. The Centres are bringing leading research experts together with practitioners, policy makers and wider stakeholders to tackle complex public health issues.

Awards were made on a competitive basis with each Centre receiving up to £5m over five years. The Centres were refunded for a further five years from 1 October 2013. Administrative management of the Centres is being provided by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

The five Centres are:

  • CEDAR, the Centre for Diet and Activity Research
  • FUSE, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health
  • The Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland
  • The UK Centre for Alcohol and Tobacco Studies (UKCTAS)
  • DECIPHer: Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health ImProvement


The funding Partners contributing to this joint initiative are: