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Research Grants

The Office of Responsible Gambling welcomes expressions of interest for research proposals that build the evidence base for responsible gambling policy, interventions and programs.

Our priority research areas

We’re always looking for new research to enhance our knowledge of:                                      

  • long-term efficacy and effectiveness of treatments
  • what works in prevention and harm minimisation
  • emerging technologies and new trends
  • minimising undue regulatory burden on responsible gambling operators and consumers
  • attitudes and behaviours towards gambling in vulnerable or target groups
  • gambling prevalence and understanding and measuring harm
  • support for policy development and regulatory effectiveness.

Applications from a diverse range of disciplines, fields and contexts are encouraged, to ensure issues are explored from a range of perspectives. Cross-disciplinary approaches and collaborative partnerships, for instance between academics and industry, service providers, or consultancies, will also be regarded highly. 

Both large-scale proposals involving multi-year investments and small proposals with short timeframes may be funded.

This can include: 

  • academic and applied research studies
  • literature reviews
  • data analysis and data linkage studies
  • pilots and trials to test feasibility.

How to make a submission

Right now, there are no formal submission rounds scheduled. However, out-of-round submissions are welcome, especially if there’s a timing or policy imperative.

For us to accept your submission and consider it for funding, make sure your proposal addresses these criteria in addition to the eligibility criteria in the submission guide:

  • evidence of a new opportunity that the study will capitalise on, or an emerging issue or trend that the research will explore.
  • the impact of opportunity loss and increased risks to success if the research was delayed.

The Research Grants Funding Submission Guide provides more information on the process and expectations for submissions.

To express your interest in submitting a proposal contact the Office at info@responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au.

Meet the 2019 recipients

Central Queensland University

Development and randomised control trial of safe gambling guidelines for EGM play

This project will develop evidence-based guidelines for safe Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM) gambling, based on safe gambling practices that best predict nonharmful gambling among players most vulnerable to gambling-related harm. A brief intervention will deliver these guidelines to people wanting to reduce their EGM gambling, and their efficacy tested through a randomised control trial.

Grant amount: $191,063

Exploring the changing landscape of gambling in adolescence

Technological change has introduced new formative gambling experiences to young people. A cohort study of young adults will explore how the changing environment of gambling, including the advent of social casino games, esports betting, skins gambling, loot boxes and daily fantasy sports, might influence gambling involvement and gambling harm.

Grant amount: $99,968

Loot boxes: Are they grooming youth for gambling?

Video game loot boxes can be unwrapped to reveal items that enhance the appearance of the game. Sometimes these items can be converted into cash, making them similar to a lottery product. How much are youth (12–24) spending on loot boxes, and does their use predict future gambling?

Grant amount: $79,728

Smartphone betting on sports, esports and daily fantasy sports among young people

In NSW, the use of smartphones to bet on sports, esports and daily fantasy sports is growing rapidly. This study is a world-first investigation into how the distinctive structural and situational characteristics of mobile-technologies impact betting behaviour, gambling problems and harm among young people. Methods consist of interviews, discrete-choice experiment and ecological momentary assessments.

Grant amount: $185,927

Family member treatments: systematic review and content analysis across addictions

Despite frequently presenting to Australian gambling services, there are few therapy options for the family members of people with gambling problems. This project proposes a systematic review of treatment efficacy and content across the addictions to inform the development of online, telephone and face-to-face treatments for problem-gambling family members.

Grant amount: $30,000

Do “cash-out” products offered by bookmakers exploit behavioural biases?

A new product offered by bookmakers, and advertised heavily on Australian television, involves “cashing out” of bets; bettors are offered the opportunity to sell their stake back to the bookmaker for some fraction of the final contingent pay-off. We investigate whether these products take advantage of known bettor behavioural biases.

Grant amount: $24,500

Randomised control trial comparing face-to-face with online problem gambling treatment

Recent research found that clients who received an online self-directed treatment for problem gambling displayed significant reductions in symptoms. The current project aims to compare outcomes and cost-effectiveness of this newer online treatment with various face-to-face counselling treatments in terms of both short-term and long-term reductions in problem gambling symptoms.

Grant amount: $277,500

Culturally Responsive Framework to Address Problem Gambling Behaviours

This research project, initiated and led by Western Sydney Community Forum, will utilise an action research model to deliver a practical framework for mainstream services to utilise to deliver culturally responsive support to people with problem gambling behaviours.

Grant amount: $156,000

Early identification of gambling comorbidity in a hospital setting

This project aims to identify people with substance use and psychiatric problems who are at risk of problematic gambling due to impulsive/impaired decision-making. Given treatment is not always sought when needed, the hospital setting may prove to be a good opportunity for early identification and responding to gambling risk.

Grant amount: $100,591

Interested in funding or a grant for a project of your own? 

Contact us to find out about current funding opportunities. Email info@responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9995 0992.

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