This month saw the launch of Alcohol Research UK, which takes over the work of the Alcohol Education and Research Council (AERC). The AERC will be abolished in 2012 as part of the Government’s review of ‘Arms Length Bodies’.
Alcohol Research UK is an independent registered charity, governed by a board of trustees who are assisted by a small dedicated staff team and a number of associates who sit on the Grants Committee. The AERC’s assets and activities were transferred to Alcohol Research UK in March 2011.
During its near 30-year existence, the AERC awarded over 500 project grants and around 200 studentships, with a total value of more than £12 million. It was recognised as a vital funder of research into alcohol-related harm, often being the only source of funding available to institutions and individuals working on important studies in this specialised field.
Alcohol Research UK has three goals for the next five years. They are:
- To increase the quantity of research that we fund
- To increase the quality of the research that we fund
- To create a significant profile amongst and influence over policymakers, practitioners, scientists and general stakeholders
See the Alcohol Research UK blog for comments and insights into the field, or sign up to the newsletter. See here for information on grants, or visit the alcohol library for previously funded research projects and findings.