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 – gets.govt.nz. Research is funded for up to 3 years. The final research reports are published on HPA's website -  hpa.org.nz.

2018/19 RIPA funding round 

HPA is currently evaluating research proposals from the 2018/19 RIPA funding round that invited proposals on the following themes:

  • alcohol and co-morbidities 
  • the impact of alcohol on others.

A summary of the successful research projects will be provided on this webpage once the selection process is complete (estimated for the end of 2018).

 2016/17 RIPA funding round

‘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:

Recipient Topic and link to research report
Behavioural Insights (NZ) Ltd Applying behavioural insights to change alcohol-related behaviour among young New Zealanders
Auckland UniServices Ltd Web-based alcohol risk communication tool (underway)

and on the ‘Drinking cultures’ theme were:

Recipient Topic
Massey University – SHORE & Whariki Research Centre Drinking cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Zealanders (underway)
Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Youth and adult Asian drinking cultures in New Zealand (underway)

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:

Recipient Topic and link to research report
Massey University and University of Auckland

The drinking patterns of older New Zealanders: National and international comparisons

Prevalence of hazardous drinking in older New Zealanders

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)

​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:

Recipient Topic and link to research report
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)