Welsh Government

National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) Report

5 November 2015

The National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) was a national initiative made up of government departments, research councils and major medical charities that worked together to encourage and support research into chronic disease prevention. Its core aim was to develop and implement successful, cost-effective interventions that reduce people’s risk of developing major diseases by influencing their health behaviours.


The NPRI partners – including the Welsh Government – provided a funding commitment of – £34 million for four funding calls (awards made in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011) which have supported 74 research projects of variable size and duration. The MRC managed the initiative on behalf of its funding partners.


In 2014, the current funders of the NPRI tasked a Scientific Review Group with reviewing the outputs from individual projects and the initiative as a whole; and to advise on future opportunities in prevention research.


The outcome of this Group recently published a report detailing their findings. The report can be found on the MRC website: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/research/initiatives/national-prevention-research-initiative-npri/