The SSA funds a range of projects that support the aims of the society. In particular we aim to fund work that increases the scientific understanding of addiction and its treatment amongst clinicians and policy makers. Our recent portfolio of funded projects can be found here.
Policy for supporting projects
The Society aims to support projects in the following areas:
- The dissemination of existing research findings
- Bringing together groups of experts or papers, or collating existing material for the purpose of disseminating. (Not in the case of a single subject systematic review, though possibly one based on a number of systematic reviews)
- Convening a group to review work in a particular area, or on a particular drug/phenomenon in a geographic location, in order to produce material for dissemination
The Society cannot fund primary research projects, whether qualitative or quantitative. All projects must have appropriate governance structures in place.
Policy projects will be judged on a case-by-case basis, but specifically excluded are: systematic reviews, research, audit and service evaluation. Funding will not be provided where it would effectively solely serve as a researchers salary.
Support will only be given to projects and initiatives from members or student associates of the Society, including the Board of Trustees.
Co-sponsors are welcomed, and the Society will continue to support some joint initiatives with other international bodies or groups of international researchers.
The Society will not support initiatives that also receive support linked to the alcohol, tobacco or gambling industries.
All projects should produce written output suitable for publication on the Societys website.
A budget of £90,000 has been set aside to support projects. This is awarded at three points each year linked to Trustees’ meetings, with a maximum of £30,000 available for an individual project and in total, on each occasion. Applications must be received prior to the regular Trustees meetings, by the following dates each year:
- 14 February
- 13 June
- 17 October
The Board reserve the right to increase or decrease project and conference funding levels in future years based on the Societys financial performance and reserves available. Members of the Society should submit a proposal using the form provided. The proposal must contain:
- a) CV of project proposer no more than 2 sides of A4. The proposer must be a single individual who will liaise with the Society on behalf of the project team
- b) The aims of the project
- c) Relationship of the project to the aims and objectives of the Society
- d) The potential involvement practical and/or financial – of SSA Executive and other members
- e) Timetable of the project
- f) Full budget details:
- i) A complete, itemised, detailed breakdown must be provided. If the project output includes publication, full allocation of editing, proof-reading, proceeds, royalties, projected print-runs, distribution and any other costs must be obtained eg from the proposed publisher and detailed
- ii) Proposals must state: This is the full and entire budget requested for this project. I, on behalf of the project-organisers, understand and accept that the SSA will not fund un-budgeted overspends. In the event that the proposed budget is likely to be exceeded, the SSA will be consulted in advance, and its consent requested
- iii) Project proposers must specify contingency plans in case of budget over-runs, and specify which area(s) of the project has the potential to exceed the budget
- iv) Preferred funding schedule (for negotiation with the Executive)
- g) Project outputs, including key objectives essential for the success of the project
- h) Dissemination plan for outputs
Proposals should be submitted with all supporting documents attached or emailed with a covering note, using the online form provided.
The Executive Office will assess applications to ensure the applicant has supplied sufficient detail, and the application meets the stipulations set out in the Policy, Criteria and Procedures (above). Suitable proposals will be considered by the Finance and Strategy Committee and forwarded with a recommendation for acceptance/rejection to the following Trustees meeting.
Applicants should be informed of decisions within one week of the Trustees meeting and if not already decided, nominate a Trustee to liaise with the project team. For larger projects a steering group would be appointed containing a number of Trustees.
Requests for additional funding can normally only be approved at a Trustees meeting. Prior to the meeting a full budget and plan justifying the additional support should be circulated to the Trustees.
The nominated Trustee should provide short written reports of the progress of the project for Trustees meetings.
Any publication arising from the project should acknowledge the source of the funding.