Thursday, 22 October 2015


The Alcohol Education Research Council provides financial assistance to organisations for innovative projects that increase the capacity of individuals and organisations to deal with and develop the evidence base relating to alcohol issues.
Applications will be accepted from researchers who are employed in the UK by organisations such as universities, colleges, other academic institutions, local authorities, voluntary organisations, police, probation and health authorities.
The principal applicant should be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge and skills to complete the proposed project.
Depending on the nature of the proposed work, this may be either academic or other work-based experience.
Grants of up to £7,500 are available for small projects lasting up to 12 months.
Funding is available for exploratory projects that address emerging issues in alcohol research, employ novel theoretical or methodological approaches, or pilot new work in treatment or service delivery.
The research priority for 2015-16 is "Measuring Change".
Trends in both alcohol consumption and harm have been shifting in recent years. There have also been important changes in the principles, structure and delivery of treatment for problem drinkers.
These developments raise important questions about where change is occurring and how society accurately measures what those changes are.
Applications are invited that address any of the following issues:
Patterns of consumption - proposals that develop better measures of consumption among individuals and subgroups within the population (including overlooked populations such as prison-leavers, the homeless and minority communities).
o Costs to society - proposals that seek to improve or refine estimates of the economic costs and contributions of alcohol to society.
Impacts of policy - proposals that develop improved methods for measuring the impact of policy interventions, especially at a local level.
Treatment and intervention effects - proposals that improve capacity to effectively measure both access to, and the impact of, treatment services or harm reduction interventions.
Applicants must show clearly how their proposal aligns with these research themes. Applications that address these questions from all perspectives, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods approaches are welcome.
Applicants are advised to read the Research Strategy and the appropriate Guidance for Applicants documents before developing their proposals.
Further information and an application form is available on theTrust's website.
The 2015 application deadline is Tuesday 24 November.
Contact details for the fund are:
Andrea Tilouche
Alcohol Research UK
83 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0HW
Tel: 020 35854155

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