Research grant program

We are inviting Expressions of Interest for projects of up to $50,000, $100,000, or $200,000.


Applications have now closed

This program will build on the existing evidence base by providing grants to established programs or organisations that have demonstrated experience in evaluation and/or strong academic partnerships or wish to trial the transferability of existing family and friends programs to the AOD sector (specific to supporting families/friends of people who use AOD).

  • Any organisation or service that delivers information and/or support services directly to family and friends of people who use AOD.
  • Any organisation that delivers information and/or support services that may be modified to directly support of family and friends’ people who use AOD (e.g., mental health services, etc).
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated track record of evaluation and/or academic partners.

This opportunity may be of interest to organisations who already have a project ‘ready to go’, or who may be able to adapt an existing program to meet the criteria for a new setting.  For example, an AOD organisation already running a project specific for families and friends that is ready to trial in a new population; or a mental health organisation that currently runs a program for families/friends trialling their approach with AOD; or similar.

Successful applicants will receive funding to:

  • provide further evidence of impact, evidence of translation to different populations or settings or innovations to increase impact or reach of an existing program
  • strengthen the evidence of existing programs or projects that focus on delivery of information and/or support for family and friends
  • fast track expansion of an existing program OR innovative new idea to meet the support and information needs of family and friends.
  • An existing Program or Project delivering information and/or support services to family and friends .
  • A ready-to-go research project or feasibility study that can be delivered within 12 months.
  • Willingness to share findings publicly.
  • Willingness to provide feedback to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation on your experience with the program.
  • Have existing pilot data or track record that supports the suggested approach.
  • Ability to process relevant ethics approvals in the timeframe.

You are encouraged to attend the 45 minute online information session for the Grant/s you are considering applying for.

Sessions were held on the morning of Friday April 23 and will be an opportunity for you to learn more about your eligibility and the Grant process, including an overview of the Program and a general Q&A. There will be two dedicated sessions:

  • Research Grants will be held at 10.00am (April 23 – AEST)
  • Capacity Building Grants will be held at 11:00am (April 23 - AEST)

Both sessions will be recorded, and the link will be published on this page after the session.

The application process will include two stages.

Stage One

  • Submit an initial Expression of Interest, by answering the online questions in the submission form by 5pm Friday April 30, 2021 (AEST).

Your EOI will need to include the following information:

  1. What is the service / program you are currently running (50 words)
  2. Plain language research summary (Max 200 words)
  3. The research question (50 words)
  4. Plain language overview of the methodology (participants, data, design, planned analysis (200 words)
  5. Approach to ethics (100 words)
  6. Track record of research team (200 words)
  7. Nature of partnership between service provider and academic group (if relevant)
  8. Budget

Applications will be assessed by an independent expert panel, with shortlisted applicants then being required to complete Stage Two of the application process.

Stage Two

  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to provide a more detailed research plan which will need to include the following information:
  1. What is the service under investigation?
  2. What is the existing evidence for this approach? (published)
  3. What is the likely impact of getting more evidence for this service, what will it change or strengthen?
  4. Track record of service provider in evaluation
  5. Proposed methodology
  6. Design
  7. Measures
  8. Participants
  9. Approach to ethics
  10. Budget
  11. Role of partners (academic and service provider).

Can I apply for both Grants?

Yes. If you meet the criteria, you are entitled to apply for both Grants.

Initial applications (both Grants):

20 April 2021 Expressions of Interest open

23 April 2021 Online information sessions

30 April 2021 Expressions of Interest close (5pm AEST)

Subsequent Steps – Research Grants

4 May 2021 Shortlisted applicants invited to submit a detailed application

23 June 2021 Final applicant selection

Subsequent Steps – Capacity Grants

17 May 2021 Shortlisted applicants invited to pitch project to evaluation team

19 June 2021 Final applicant selection

Project completion

May 2022 Selected projects to be completed and ready to present at ADF Symposium.

Information session recoding

Q: Can I submit more than one application for a Research Grant if my organisation has more than one suitable project?

A: Yes, an organisation can submit multiple applications for the Research Grant.

Q: Who will be doing the assessment of the Research Grants?

A: Shortlisted applications will be assessed by a panel including independent sector experts.

Q:  Does the project submitted for a Research Grant have to be an existing project or can it be a new project?

A: The project can be an existing project or a new project. Applicants will need to consider the short time frame for completion of a new project (by May 2022).

Q: What if my project involves services supporting children who are affected by AOD issues?

A: The Grant is specifically for family and friends, so yes programs that relate to children affected by AOD issues are eligible.

Q: Will ADF be sharing the findings/outcomes of the ISS (Family and Friends) program?

A: Yes, the ADF will share the outcomes of this program when completed in 2022.

Q: Can we partner with other research organisations on our project?

A: Yes, you can partner with other research organisations.