Alcohol research investment funding

HPA 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 HPA’s work 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 – Research is funded over 1-3 years. The final research reports are published on

2016/17 RIPA funding round

The 2016/17 RIPA funding round closed on 24 February 2017 for detailed research proposals on the two themes of:

  • ‘Drinking cultures’
  • ‘Using information to reach and help change the behaviour of risky drinkers’.

2015 RIPA funding round

‘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:

  • Alcohol consumption patterns in older adults (Massey University and University of Auckland)
  • Prenatal Environment and Neurodevelopment (PEN) study (Auckland UniServices Ltd)
  • Periconceptional alcohol consumption (The University of Otago).

Research findings from these projects are expected to be completed in 2017 and 2018.

2014 RIPA funding round

‘The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (SSAA)’ was the 2014 RIPA theme. Research project topics and recipients awarded funding in 2014 were:

Some final reports from the 2014 RIPA have been published on Others are due to be published in 2017.