The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) was established in 2008. It was co-funded by The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) until July 2018, and based within the University of Edinburgh.  

In its first five years of operation (2008-13), the Collaboration created four multi-disciplinary Working Groups: Early Life, Adolescence/Young Adulthood, Early to Mid-Working Life, and Later Life which enabled 80+ researchers, public health policy makers and practitioners to come together and collaborate on priority setting exercises and joint projects.

SCPHRP also developed four Scottish-framed Environmental Scans of the scientific evidence on interventions relating to the Working Groups; funded 20+ new interdisciplinary research-project teams; spawned teams that won three large NIHR grants in 2011-12; and contributed to the successful Scottish eHealth Informatics Research Centre bid (2012).

SCPHRP Fellows produced environmental scans of key interventions areas prioritised by the Working Groups. An environmental scan is a structured review of global intervention literature which is placed within a broader policy context.