We know that public health works and thinks long-term. We’ll typically see the population benefits of reducing health risks such as tobacco use, obesity and high alcohol intake in ten or twenty years’ time. But we often forget that preceding public health research into the determinants of ill health and the possible public health solutions is also slow working. Evidence-based public health solutions can be unpopular with voters, politicians or commercial companies (or all). Hence these take time to get accepted by the various stakeholders and make their way into policies.
I was, therefore, glad to see that Scotland won the Supreme Court case today in favour of a minimum price for a unit of alcohol. As we know from the media, the court case took five years. Before that the preparation and drafting of the legislation took years, and some of the original research took place long before that. Together with colleagues at the Health Economic Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen, the University of York and Health Education Board for Scotland, we conducted a literature review on Effective & Cost-Effective Measures to Reduce Alcohol Misuse in Scotland as early as 2001 . Some of the initial research was so long ago it was conducted for the Scottish Executive, before it was even renamed the Scottish Government.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Research started years ago! Ludbrook et al.(2002) Effective & Cost-Effective Measures to Reduce Alcohol Misuse in Scotland: Lit Review, HERU, Univ. of Aberdeen. [ISBN: 0755932803] http://www.gov.scot/Resource/Doc/1124/0052548.pdf
Alcohol Research UK have reopened the Small Grants Scheme.
Competition is always tough for a small grant award, so please check the criteria before applying:
Criteria for Funding Projects:
Small grants could fund small research projects, pilot research studies or demonstration projects with a strong evaluation component, up to £5,000 in total. The following criteria are used to judge all applications for small grants:
- Does the project have the potential to make a significant new contribution to the alcohol evidence base, either in its own right or as a precursor to a larger project?
- Are the aims well defined and achievable?
- Is there a sound evaluation component to check whether aims have been achieved?
Preference will be given to projects that will have a demonstrable impact.
Alcohol Research UK is unable to contribute to the running and general costs of organisations, make donations or fund ongoing service provision.
Download a copy of the Small Grant Project application form
Conferences and Conference Attendance:
Applications may be made for a contribution towards running a suitable conference of up to £3,000 subject to the following criteria:
- The conference would help to disseminate important new evidence or theories;
- It has clear and identifiable aims; and
- There would be some post event evaluation regarding the influence on policy and practice and Alcohol Research UK would be provided with a conference report.
Applications for conference attendance to present a paper will only be accepted from Alcohol Research UK funded individuals.
Download a copy of the Small Grant Conference application form
Download a copy of the Small Grant Conference attendance application form
The RKE Operations team can help you with your application.