DoH launches public health research programme

The government has announced funding for a new public health research programme to investigate non-NHS interventions.

The Public Health Research Programme (PHRP) is designed to investigate the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider effect of interventions such as social marketing for promoting safe sex, the prevention of obesity in children and speed bumps for preventing road traffic accidents.

The funding will rise over each of the next three years to reach £10 million a year and will fund both primary and secondary research, particularly focusing on pragmatic, evaluation studies. The first call for research proposals will be taking place in November 2008.

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