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 designed 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 has been provided by the Medical Research Council (MRC). CEDAR continues as a sustainable partnership led by the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge.
The five Centres are:
- CEDAR, the Centre for Diet and Activity Research
- FUSE, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health www.fuse.ac.uk
- The Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland www.qub.ac.uk/coe
- The UK Centre for Alcohol and Tobacco Studies (UKCTAS) www.ukctas.ac.uk
- DECIPHer: Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health ImProvement www.decipher.uk.net
The funding Partners contributing to this joint initiative are:
- British Heart Foundation
- Cancer Research UK
- Department of Health
- Economic and Social Research Council
- Medical Research Council
- Health and Social Care Research and Development, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland
- Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care, Welsh Assembly Government
- Wellcome Trust