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 HPA's website -

2018/19 RIPA funding round - now open 

HPA is currently running a 2018/19 funding round for alcohol-related research projects. Respondents are invited to submit detailed research proposals that address one of the two following themes:

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

HPA is seeking to invest in one larger project (up to the $200,000 limit) and one or more smaller projects. Please subscribe to the GETS notice to receive access to the RFP and Response Form. Tenders close Friday 14 September. 

 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. Four research projects have been awarded funding.

From the ‘Using information’ theme:

  • An online study to find effective ways to increase knowledge about harmful drinking and to change drinking habits of 18-25 year olds  (Behavioural Insights (NZ) Ltd). This study is being conducted by Behavioural Insights Team, an independent research organisation, in partnership with Ministry of Social Development (MSD) 
  • Web-based alcohol risk communication tool (Auckland UniServices Ltd).

From the ‘Drinking cultures’ theme:

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


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:

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 and 2015 RIPA have been published on HPA's website - Others are due to be published in 2018.