Gambling Research Program Gains Support

Gambling Research Program Gains Support

Victoria Minister for Gaming Michael O’Brien

Vic Coalition Govt Opens Funding Bids For Gambling Research Projects

Victor P Taffa

Researchers can now access funding grants of up to $200,000 as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Grants for Gambling Research Program.

Minister for Gaming Michael O’Brien said the Coalition Government will provide up to $200,000 over three years for research projects into a topic related to the Victorian Gambling Research Agenda.

“As part of the fourth round of this valuable competitive program worth a total of $500,000 researchers working at universities, research institutes and other incorporated bodies can apply for a gambling research grant.” Mr. O’Brien said.

 

“The Victorian Gambling Research Agenda for 2011 covers topics such as sociology and gambling, natural recovery, product preferences and styles of play, cultural differences in gambling, mental health and gambling, and measurement and trials.”

“For the first time, there will also be funding of up to $25,000 over two years available specifically for projects by early career researchers.”

Mr. O’Brien said the grants program funding was part of the Coalition Government’s commitment of $150 million over four years for gambling research and treatment.

“We have made the largest financial commitment in Victoria’s history to establish the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to reduce the prevalence and severity of problem gambling in Victoria.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“The Foundation will be responsible for problem gambling research and developing communication and education strategies and will also facilitate the provision of counselling and treatment services for problem gambling.”

“Tackling problem gambling and helping those who need support requires a coherent and integrated approach that is supported by good evidence.”

Applications will only be considered if they meet the selection criteria and requirements. A copy of the Applicant Information Pack can be downloaded from www.tenders.vic.gov.au with applications closing at 2 pm on 8 September 2011.