The scheme for 2016/17 has now closed. Applicants had to show clearly how their proposal aligned with our research priorities and principles: it was essential to read both our Research Strategy and the appropriate Guide for Applicants documents before submissions were developed.
Research priority: Treatment and Recovery Today
Our research priority for 2016-17 was treatment and recovery today. The alcohol services sector and approaches to both treatment and recovery have undergone significant changes in the last few years. There have been reductions in funding and major structural changes and also new developments in approaches to treatment and thinking around recovery. These developments have had a considerable impact on some of the most marginalised and vulnerable members of our community. This year, we will be funding proposals that seek to capture the nature of those changes, and aim to produce findings that can have a positive impact on policy and or practice.
In particular, we welcomed proposals that addressed one or more of the following areas:
- Mental health issues and dual diagnosis
- Needs assessment and response to demand
- Pathways through, and barriers to, treatment and recovery
- Health or social inequalities and access to / experiences of treatment and recovery support
- Experiences of minority groups or hard-to-reach communities
- Understanding the ‘active ingredients’ in treatment and recovery
- The impact of economic pressures / sector restructuring on service provision
This year, we are also working to promote better public involvement in research development (e.g. service users, experts-by-experience, practitioners, families affected by harmful drinking) and we strongly encouraged applicants to build public involvement into their project design.
We recognised that expertise in this area is not limited to academic researchers and consequently encouraged proposals that involved different stakeholder groups, such as: treatment providers, commissioners, researchers, etc.