Alcohol Research UK is dedicated to supporting new research in the alcohol field.  Over the years we have awarded over £12 million in funding to 500 projects, many of which have made a significant contribution to the evidence base in this area.

Our Small Grants programmes for 2016/17 will be announced in May


Our 2015/16 Research Innovation and Small Grants programmes have now closed but applications were invited for Postgraduate Research Studentships, Continuing Professional Development, Network Support and Conference Attendance.

Applicants were advised to read both our Research Strategy and the appropriate Guidance for Applicants documents (see below) before developing their proposals.

Our research priority for 2015/16 was 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 we accurately measure what those changes are.

Applicants to both the Research Innovation and Small Grants schemes had to show clearly how their application aligned with these research themes. We welcomed applications that addressed these questions from all perspectives, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods approaches.

We, therefore, invited applications that addressed any of the following issues:

  • Patterns of consumption. We invited proposals that developed better measures of consumption among individuals and subgroups within the population (including overlooked populations such as prison-leavers, the homeless and minority communities).
  • Costs to society. We invited proposals that sought to improve or refine our estimates of the economic costs and contributions of alcohol to society.
  • Impacts of policy. We invited proposals that developed improved methods for measuring the impact of policy interventions, especially at a local level.
  • Treatment and intervention effects. We invited proposals that improved our capacity to effectively measure both access to, and the impact of, treatment services or harm reduction interventions.

Available grants 2015

Research Innovation Grants

This programme provided up to £60,000 for projects of up to 24 months in duration.

For full details see Guidance for Applicants (Research Innovation).
The deadline for applications was 9th December 2015.

Small Grants

Grants of up to £7,500 were available for small projects lasting up to 12 months.

For full details see Guidance for Applicants (Small Grants).
The deadline for applications was 24th November 2015.

Network support

Up to £3,000 is available for applicants organising conference or other network events.

For full details see Guidance for Applicants (Conference Support).

Postgraduate Research Studentships

We will match fund up to three studentships a year to enable students to undertake research in the alcohol field leading to a PhD.

For full details and a 2016 Prospectus and Application Form, please visit the Research Studentships page.

The deadline for applications was 26th January 2016

Continuing Professional Development Support

Up to £300 is available and applications were considered for

  • Participation in CPD events that focus primarily on alcohol treatment, policy or research (maximum of five days)
  • Attendance at CPD-accredited conferences that focus primarily on alcohol treatment, policy or research

The applicant must be working or volunteering in alcohol treatment or services currently, and have been doing so for a minimum of twelve months. Recipients of CPD support will be required to provide a short report (around 500 words) on completion. This should outline how the course content was useful and how it will contribute to the applicant’s further development.

Conference attendance

Up to £300 is available to enable researchers to be able to deliver a paper at a conference which is relevant to, or furthers the aims of, Alcohol Research UK’s programme of work.