The Academic Research Hub will be the first single academic institution in Great Britain, established by GambleAware, the independent grant-making charity. They award £4m for this purpose as it is part of their goals to have various researchers about the harms of gambling.
This grant award process will last eight months aiming to expand the gambling harms research field by bringing new disciplines.
When it comes to the Academic Research Hub aims, they are to notably challenge the research surrounding gambling to a larger scale. This refers not only to the UK but to the whole world.
GambleAware’s vision is to create a safe society, where people are protected from the impact of irresponsible gambling. This vision will be delivered through the objectives of this strategic academic research. Alternative fundings will be also found in addition to the initial grant award, aiming at continual growth and development.
Currently, in the UK, these kinds of research are done by only a few academics, but this number is expected to grow. Also, the new Academic Research Hub will broaden the range of disciplines.
Only a small number of universities have been invited to apply for the grant. Still, the institution will collaborate with external parties as well, such as other academics and partners, aiming to focus on their international aspect.
Academic Research Hub is a fantastic opportunity for British universities
GambleAware interim research director Alison Clare is seeing this as a fantastic opportunity for a British university to develop and innovate in a relatively under-researched field, bringing to bear a much wider range of academic disciplines than are currently engaged in gambling harms research.
“With this significant investment, a British university and its partners will have the chance to create a step-change in building knowledge in an area which links and overlaps with many other subjects and fields.
The new hub will seek to broaden the range of academic disciplines engaged with gambling harms research in Great Britain, with the aim of supporting and informing the wider system of treatment providers, organisations and agencies working to prevent and reduce gambling harm,” he stated.
He claims it is a different type of grant award to the smaller projects and programmes in their portfolio. The main criteria are, as he says, that universities apply a multi-disciplinary, public health lens in setting out the rationale for their chosen research area. GambleAware expects some very creative and innovative proposals at the initial expression of interest stage.
GambleAware is an independent charity, which has the aim to keep people safe from harmful gambling. They provide practical tips to help people with gambling problems to get their life back on track. They offer a 24/7 helpline, online and face-to-face counselling. They are in partnership with expert organisations and agencies, including the NHS, and are present in England, Scotland and Wales.