National Prevention Research Initiative

Why this partnership was set up

Cancer prevention is one of the most important health challenges of the 21st Century, with the capacity to save millions of lives. Nearly half of all cancers are attributed to various lifestyle and environmental factors, including those linked to tobacco, alcohol, diet, being overweight, inactivity, infection, radiation, occupation, post-menopausal hormones or breastfeeding.

The National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) was made up of:

  • government departments;
  • research councils and;
  • major medical charities, including Cancer Research UK.

It was founded in 2004 by the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) and managed by the Medical Research Council (MRC). These partners worked together to encourage and support research aimed at preventing major diseases including cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and strokes.

The aim of this partnership

The core aim of the initiative was to develop and implement successful, cost-effective ways of reducing people’s risk of these illnesses by influencing their behaviour and lifestyle. Between 2004 and 2014, the NPRI funding partners have provided £23 million to support 55 research projects.

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Achieving more through working in partnership

Working in partnership

In Pioneering Research, our annual research publication, we look at how we create mutually beneficial partnerships that support our own research objectives and those of our partners.

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