NIHR Applied Research Collaboration – Early Life and Prevention

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems.  The NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the NIHR to improve the health and care of patients and the public.


The Early Life and Prevention theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Yorkshire and Humber works with the public, service providers and researchers to improve health, wellbeing and promote fairer futures for families living in deprived areas across the Yorkshire and Humber region.  The theme is co-led by Professor Kate Pickett and Professor Rosie McEachan and builds upon the foundations established by the previous Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs).


Research is undertaken across five broad topic areas (Best Start; Oral Health; Healthy Bodies; Healthy Learning; Healthy Places) and complemented by cross-cutting topic areas (Healthy Equity and Minority Ethnic Health; Systems Change and Priority Setting).  An additional topic, focusing on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic was established in 2020. We have over 50 research projects in our theme and are always interested in hearing new ideas .