Health Protection Research Units Competition

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a competition to designate and fund new Health Protection Research Units that will act as centres of excellence in multi-disciplinary health protection research in England.

Health Protection Research Units (HPRUs) will be partnerships between universities and Public Health England (PHE) in a range of priority areas. PHE will be established in April 2013 and will incorporate the responsibilities of the existing Health Protection Agency. The HPRUs will act as centres of excellence in multi-disciplinary health protection research in England and will complement existing NIHR funding streams.

Priority areas

The role of HPRUs will be to support PHE, in delivering its objectives and functions for the protection of the public’s health in the following areas:

  • Blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections
  • Chemical and radiation threats and hazards
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Emerging infections (including zoonoses) and biological threats
  • Environmental change and health
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance
  • Health impact of environmental hazards
  • Immunisation
  • Respiratory infections

 

Funding

NIHR funding will be provided to the successful Universities for a five year period starting 1 April 2014. The amount of funding allocated to each NIHR PPRU will be informed by the scale, nature and quality of the research activity to be conducted by that unit, which is likely to be different for each priority area.

 

For further information about the competition, visit their website.