Funding opportunities for gambling harm reduction research and evaluation

The Gambling Act (2003) requires ‘independent scientific research and evaluation’. Objective 11 of the Ministry’s Integrated Strategy sets outs its direction for implementing the requirement. More information about the research and evaluation funding opportunities available is provided below.

Second Gambling Research and Evaluation Innovation Round for Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm

The Ministry of Health (Ministry) has released a tender on GETS for the procurement of a range of innovative gambling research and evaluation services.

Specifically, the Ministry is looking to commission a range of researcher / evaluator initiated projects that reflect innovation, value-for-money, and addresses a broad range of Ministry and gambling sector’s current information needs around gambling harm minimisation.

Priority topic areas for research and evaluation investment are proposals that:

  • examine inequities in gambling harm in NZ, and what might be done to reduce the inequities
  • examine barriers to Māori, Pacific and Asian peoples use of gambling harm minimisation services, and what might be done to remove the barriers, and the evidence for effective gambling harm minimisation service design
  • apply new disciplinary research and evaluation perspectives to the gambling harm minimisation research field, for examplebehavioural economics
  • econometric analysis
  • operational and translational research
  • application of new research methods, such as the KidsCam method by Otago University, to study vulnerable populations such as children and youth exposure to gambling advertising
  • examine theconvergence of gaming and gambling on new products on gambling exposure and harm in New Zealand
  • examine the effect of sinking lid policies on gambling harm reduction
  • examine the socio-economic distribution of gambling machine venues and machines in New Zealand and their effects on the health and wellbeing of the communities in which they are located
  • small projects suitable for Masters or PhD students to help build research capability and capacity in gambling harm minimisation studies
  • projects that promote national and international collaboration of benefit to New Zealand
  • operational research or evaluation activities that build workforce capability and capacity.

Further information about gambling research and evaluation funded by the Ministry can be found at Gambling research and evaluation.


Please feel free to disseminate this notice to colleagues who may be interested in this opportunity.

Please note that to respond to this opportunity, a GETS logon is required. The instructions for creating a logon can be found on the GETS website.

For support please contact the GETS helpdesk

Free phone: 0508 GETS HELP (0508 438 743)
International: +64 4 901 3188
Email: [email protected]

Underlying principles: Smart system/He atamai te whakaraupapa

In acquiring gambling harm minimisation research and evaluation services the Ministry is looking for services that:

  • are undertaken with integrity, independence and accountability by researchers
  • use appropriate methods for the research question and resources available
  • are delivered in a timely manner to inform policy and operational decision-making, and public debate
  • are commissioned with transparency, follow best research contract management practice, and comply with government policy direction about research commissioning and the ownership and use of research deliverables funded by government
  • represent value for money
  • reflect the different linguistic and cultural contexts in New Zealand so as to provide different ways of understanding gambling and its effects
  • communicate research and evaluation results in a variety of ways appropriate for and understood by the intended audience.

Research and evaluation priorities for the period 2018–22

The Ministry’s priorities for research and evaluation services are indicated in its Integrated Strategy. The services are intended to inform policy and service development by government agencies, and appropriate activities in the sector.

The priorities for the period 2018–22 will include:

  • increasing the evidence on why Māori and Pacific peoples continue to experience gambling-harm-related inequities, and effective ways to reduce those inequities, including the piloting and evaluation of services aimed at improving service utilisation and reducing gambling-harm-related inequities in the population
  • research on gambling participation, gambling behaviours, attitudes to gambling, the prevalence and incidence of gambling harm, risk and resiliency factors for gambling harm, co-morbidities effects, vulnerable populations (including children and youth)
  • research contributing to strategic outcomes, and evaluation of services
  • innovation that extends the gambling field of research into new disciplinary areas or methodological approaches, and or demonstrates ways that show quality improvements, responsiveness and knowledge transfer; effectiveness and value for money of services including open access to data for bone fide public health research and evaluation purposes, and the use of web-based technologies to improve access to data and information
  • support for building research capability and capacity of new and emerging researchers through funding discrete projects that meet the Ministry’s priorities and funding principles.

Funding opportunities

Three broad funding streams have been established that provide a variety of opportunities for the supply and purchase of research and evaluation services. The funding streams are:

  1. research innovation and building capacity
  2. monitoring and understanding gambling harm in the New Zealand population
  3. strategic and operational objectives.

Research innovation and building capacity

This funding stream is intended to provide an opportunity for researchers to submit self-initiated proposals that align with the general topic areas and other conditions set out in the Request for Proposal (RFP). The general topic areas will be aligned with the Ministry’s strategic and operational objectives for gambling harm minimization, and research principles.

The intention for the 2019–22 calendar years is to have one funding round per annum, and that the funding stream will support approximately five to seven projects moderately sized projects (ie, projects of 12 to 18 months duration) each year.

The Ministry is aiming to issue an RFP in August each year. RFPs will be issued using the GETs process – see the GETS website for more information.

Monitoring and understanding gambling harm in the New Zealand population

This funding stream is to support substantive research programs such as the National Gambling Study and the Health and Lifestyle Survey (Gambling Module). These are large multi-year projects aimed at monitoring and understanding patterns over time in gambling participation, gambling behaviours, attitudes to gambling, the prevalence and incidence of gambling harm, risk and resiliency factors for gambling harm, and co‑morbidities effects of gambling in the total New Zealand population and the gambling population respectively. The nature of these projects means that the procurement of the services only occurs every few years.

Strategic and operational objectives

This funding stream is intended to enable the purchase of services to support gambling policy and operational decision-making by government agencies, on an as needed basis.  Requests for Proposals, or Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a service, issued under this funding stream will be for specific services, and may be issued at any time using the Government Electronic Tendering system (GETs).

Procurement process

In purchasing services the All of Government (AoG) contracting process, which includes the use of preferred suppliers, will be used.  In this process, services are sought through either issuing a ‘Request for Proposals’ (RFPs) using GETs, or a ‘Consultancy Services Order’ direct to preferred suppliers.

Each RFP or CSO will contain key information about the services sought, and have references to documents, and outline a standardised selection process for the procurement. Selection of providers typically involves the assessment of proposals by a selection panel that will include an external Ministry representative, and for a large or complex procurement may include an oral presentation to the selection panel.

More information about the All of Government Process, including opportunities to apply to become a preferred supplier, can be found under Related websites.

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