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

‘Drinking cultures’ and ‘Using information to reach and help change the behaviour of risky drinkers’ were the two themes for 2016/17. Four research projects have been awarded funding.

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).

From the ‘Using information’ theme:

  • Effective health messages to increase knowledge and induce behaviour change in high-risk, low-literacy drinkers (Behavioural Insights (NZ) Ltd).
  • Web-based alcohol risk communication tool (Auckland UniServices Ltd).

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.