What we fund

We have an Invitation to tender currently open for research on 'Exploring the barriers to engaging with our behaviour change campaigns'. Further details about the project and how to apply are available from the link below.

Invitation to tender

Our Invitation to tender for research on Exploring the barriers to engaging with Alcohol Change UK behaviour change campaigns is currently open. The deadline for submissions is 9am on Monday, 11 October 2021.

Find out more about the project and how to apply

Our current research programme

Our New Horizons grants programme for academic research is on the theme of 'Groups, Communities and Alcohol Harm'. Four projects have been chosen to receive awards between £20,000 and £65,000.

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Our research strategy

Our research funding is focused on stimulating and supporting innovative research to better understand the complexities that link alcohol and harm, strengthening the evidence-base, and bringing about evidence-based change.

Alcohol Change UK is excited to continue funding inspiring work, and we’re pleased to be sharing our funding priorities and plans for the next three years in our new Research Strategy.

Over the last 30 years, we have awarded over £24 million in funding to over 900 projects, many of which have made a significant contribution to the evidence base in this area.

With a commitment to rigorous impartial research about alcohol harm, we will continue to fund, commission and conduct high-quality research which adds to the evidence base. We want alcohol policy and practice to be developed on the basis of robust research evidence; new ideas about alcohol harm reduction created, tested and shared; and the knowledge base enriched by the experience of those affected by alcohol harm.

To achieve these aims we have four goals:

  1. Deliver an innovative programme of research grants that transforms the evidence base on alcohol harm, in order to shift cultural norms around drinking and improve drinking behaviours.
  2. Commission and conduct relevant and timely research that informs better policy, regulation, support and treatment.
  3. Communicate research evidence to the public, policy-makers, researchers, clinicians and service providers.
  4. Influence the wider research agenda to prioritise relevant and timely work on alcohol harm.

Read our new Research Strategy to learn more.

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Our Research Strategy 2020-2023

Research and evidence are at the heart of our plan for change and underpin all that we do.

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Our memberships

Alcohol Change UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), a membership organisation dedicated to supporting medical research charities in saving and improving lives through research and innovation. As a member, we work to abide by their good practice guidelines for research funders, including supporting open access research publications, sound peer review and grant monitoring processes. The AMRC regularly audits our practice, and we provide information about all our grants to AMRC annually, for their records and sector analysis.

Alcohol Change UK does not fund bio-medical research. However, we are a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and therefore abide by their conditions of membership. All AMRC members support the AMRC’s position statement on the use of animals in research: https://www.amrc.org.uk/position-statement-on-the-use-of-animals-in-research