About CDC’s ICRCs

ICRCs are CDC-funded Academic Research Centers

Nationally, there are ten Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs), including the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), that blend outreach, training and education, and research activities into a single seamless program aimed at reducing the number, risk, and public health impact of injury and violence in the U.S. ICRCs have three functions:

  • Research: ICRCs conduct and publish cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research on the causes, outcomes, and prevention of injuries and violence.
  • Outreach: ICRCs work with state agencies and local communities to ensure that injury/violence research is translated into prevention activities by providing technical assistance to translate and disseminate research findings, and to facilitate evidence-informed policy, practice and programs.
  • Training: ICRCs play a critical role in training and mentoring the next generation of injury/violence researchers and public health professionals.

The over-arching goals for the NCIPC ICRC program are to:

  • Build the scientific base for the prevention of fatal and nonfatal injuries and violence
  • Integrate the wisdom of experts from a wide spectrum of disciplines
  • Encourage research that involves intervention development and/or translation of effective prevention programs
  • Provide technical assistance in their geographic region (for example, to other researchers; universities; medical institutions; community groups; state and local government agencies, public health agencies; and policy makers).
  • Act as trusted sources of injury and violence prevention information.

ICRCs have a high caliber of scientific and technical competency, are forward looking, innovative, provide regional leadership. ICRCs focus on holistic approaches that link prevention, intervention, translation, outreach, education, and evaluation. They implement innovative, evidence-based solutions that address important injury and/or violence prevention and control problems in a collaborative manner. ICRCs collaborate with stakeholders and community partners (including state and local health agencies and non-profit, community and non-governmental organizations) in the development and delivery of relevant interventions to improve the prevention and control of injuries and/or violence.

ICRCs often collaborate with partners to develop shared programs and goals. For example, UNC IPRC has extensive collaborations with the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the NC Department of Health and human Services (read more on our Outreach, Training and Education page).

CDC’s Injury Control Research Center Program: Publications & Resources