The Institute of Applied Prevention Research was designated as a Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence (PRSE) at Colorado State University in the spring of 2008. The primary mission of the Institute of Applied Prevention Research (IAPR) is:
"To enhance interdisciplinary research related to prevention of illnesses, injuries, and social problems, to reduce adverse consequences and health disparities through the development and application of culturally sensitive prevention theories and methods."
The IAPR includes the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research (TEC) which was a PRSE from 1999-2007, the Colorado Injury Control Research Center (CICRC) which was established in 1995 and has been identified as a Center at Colorado State University since 2003, and the Safety Management and Applied Research Team (SMART) which is a relatively new and highly productive program. These three groups have worked together on a number of research topics including community readiness to prevent traumatic brain injuries, school playground injuries, youth violence, and suicide, and violence prevention programs in schools, suicide prevention program evaluation, injury prevention in rural and underserved populations, and occupational health and safety.
The IAPR also includes the Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-AMP) which is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program designed to increase the number of historically underrepresented students receiving baccalaureate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, CO-AMP, serving Colorado and the Four Corners area. The Colorado Family Education, Resources and Training (CFERT) project is the newest addition to the Institute. CFERT is an externally funded project supported by the Division of Behavioral Health, Colorado Dept. of Human Services, engaged in parent education as a substance abuse prevention strategy. CFERT provides training and technical assistance to entities desiring to develop and implement evidenced based parenting programs in Colorado.