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Applications Open for UKRI-NHMRC Built Environment and Prevention Research Scheme

Applications Open for UKRI-NHMRC Built Environment and Prevention Research Scheme

Deadline: 17 September 2019

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), together with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), are inviting proposals for the UKRI-NHMRC Built Environment Prevention Research Scheme.

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This scheme will provide funding for approximately five collaborative research projects focused on improving population health through the primary prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) associated with the built environment.


The objectives of the funding call are to:

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  • Invest in competitive and innovative collaborative research projects between researchers from Australia and the UK that will enable the pursuit of shared research interests on preventing NCDs associated with the built environment. The investment will strengthen collaborations between academic researchers in institutions across both countries.
  • To deliver multidisciplinary approaches to preventing NCDs that address the influences of the built environment on NCDs.


There is a need both in the UK and Australia to improve their understanding of the factors that work to shape and support healthy, liveable and resilient built environments, and to develop approaches for improving the built environment to prevent NCDs. The areas listed below are given as examples of aspects of the built environment in which multidisciplinary research proposals are welcomed. Applicants should note that proposals need not be restricted to the examples cited as applications across the breadth the built environment are encouraged. Examples include:

  • Urban planning and regeneration
  • City design, including increasing conditions that promote health such as ‘active travel’ and access to green space
  • Housing
  • Transportation systems
  • Air quality, both indoor and outdoor, and noise
  • The indoor environment
  • Neighbourhood diversity, including social regeneration and social cohesion, and access to health services
  • The relationship between the built environment, extreme weather events, and their impact on health

Funding Information and Duration

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  • In total, approximately £4 million will be made available for this scheme. The intention is to support approximately five collaborative projects.
  • Projects must be three years in duration.

Eligibility Criteria

This call will fund partnerships between researchers based in the UK and Australia, fostering relationships between researchers working in the area of NCD prevention in the context of the built environment.

How to Apply

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Applicants can apply online via given website.

Eligible Countries: UK & Australia

For more information, please visit https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/browse/ukri-nhmrc/built-environment-prevention-research-scheme/

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