Te Hiringa Hauora/Health Promotion Agency periodically undertakes a contestable Research Investment for Priorities in Alcohol (RIPA) funding round. Each RIPA funding round has a priority area or theme. Funded alcohol research is used to inform work AT Te Hiringa Hauora and to support and develop alcohol-related research capability in New Zealand.
Requests for proposals (RFPs) for alcohol-related research on a specified theme are advertised on the New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website – gets.govt.nz. Research is funded for up to 3 years. Research is published on the Te Hiringa Hauora website.
Previous funding rounds
'Alcohol and co-morbidities' and 'the impact of alcohol on others' were the two themes for 2018/19.
Research projects topics and recipients awarded funding on the 'alcohol and co-morbidities' theme were:
- Auckland UniServices (The University of Auckland) and Massey University, Alcohol screening of older adults in primary care
- Pukeko Research Ltd, Alcohol addiction, co-morbid factors and effects on whanau: Data from the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren study
and on 'the impact on others' theme were:
- Kahui Tautoko Consulting Ltd, Impacts of alcohol use on Maori and Pasifika whanau well-being
- Massey University - SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, Diminished inclusivity in public space
‘Using information to reach and help change the behaviour of risky drinkers’ and 'Drinking cultures' were the two themes for 2016/17.
Research project topics and recipients awarded funding on the ‘Using information’ theme were:
- Behavioural Insights (NZ) Ltd, Applying behavioural insights to change alcohol-related behaviour among young New Zealanders
- Auckland UniServices Ltd (The University of Auckland), A web-based alcohol risk communication tool
and on the ‘Drinking cultures’ theme were:
- Massey University – SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, Drinking cultures of Rainbow New Zealanders
- Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Youth and adult Asian drinking cultures in New Zealand
‘Life stages and life transitions and the use or role of alcohol’ was the 2015 RIPA theme.
Research project topics and recipients awarded funding in 2015 were:
- Massey University and University of Auckland, (1) The drinking patterns of older New Zealanders: National and international comparisons, (2) Prevalence of hazardous drinking in older New Zealanders, (3) The longitudinal patterns of alcohol use in older New Zealanders
- Auckland UniServices Ltd, Prenatal Environment and Neurodevelopment (PEN) Study (no publication from this project)
- University of Otago, Periconceptional alcohol consumption (no publication from this project)
‘The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (SSAA)’ was the 2014 RIPA theme.
Research project topics and recipients awarded funding in 2014 were:
- Allen and Clarke Policy and Regulatory Specialists Ltd and Axist Consulting NZ Ltd), Early impact of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 in and around licensed premises
- Market Economics Limited, New Zealand alcohol supply and demand structures
- Independent Research Solutions, Post-earthquake analysis of crime and alcohol outlets in Christchurch
- Waikato University, The relationship between alcohol outlets and harm: A spatial panel analysis for New Zealand, 2007-2014
- UMR Research, Local Alcohol Policies under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 : Early experiences with six local alcohol policies
- New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), SSAA and alcohol-related purchasing patterns (underway)