Commissioned rapid evidence reviews

Rapid reviews are a form of evidence synthesis that may provide more timely information for decision making. We intend that these reviews improve public knowledge on key areas and help inform our research activities going forward.

17 December 2018 (midnight)Deadline for receipt of applications
15 January 2019Outcome of application notified
Beginning February 2019The six projects start
Beginning May 2019Reports delivered


£20,000 per review including VAT.


Topic OneThe role of alcohol in intimate partner relationships
Topic TwoThe impact of alcohol on the human brain
Topic ThreeAlcohol interventions and criminal justice systems
Topic FourThe relationship between alcohol and mental health problems
Topic FiveDrinking problems and interventions in black and minority ethnic communities
Topic SixDigital interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm


Alcohol Change UK seeks to continue the work of its predecessor organisations in developing new research on alcohol harm. In developing its future programme of grant-funded research, it wishes to explore what is known, and what is yet to be understood, in a series of key areas. These areas have been selected through stakeholder engagement and consultation, as well as ‘horizon-scanning’ the research, policy and practice environment to identify where particular gaps appear.

These six rapid evidence reviews will allow Alcohol Change UK to synthesise knowledge on a particular range of subjects. This will help inform our own work, as well as leading to outward-facing publications that will allow the public, practitioners and policy-makers to better understand the research in these key areas.

To apply

Applicants need to demonstrate that they are qualified to carry out this review, that they have the capacity to do so in a timely manner, and that they can bring to the review process the necessary insight and experience that will allow for the robust interpretation of findings.

Applications must outline:

  1. How the search strategy, inclusion criteria etc. will be established
  2. Data extraction methods
  3. How the approach to data analysis and interpretation will be established, and how its robustness will be guaranteed
  4. The proposed structure of the final review
  5. Applications should also include a 500 word statement beginning with the phrase “We are best qualified to carry out this review because..."
  6. Costs should be set out in detail and the application should include a Gantt chart setting out the milestones

Applicants are also invited to complete a section entitled ‘Amendments and suggestions’. This is a non-compulsory section in which, should the applying team feel that amendments could be made to improve the scope or focus of the review theme, those suggestions can be described in detail.

Applications should include a CV of the lead investigator and other team members where appropriate.

Submit your completed proposal (in one document) by email to Andrea Tilouche by midnight on Monday, 17 December 2018.

Email Andrea Tilouche


The commission will lead to the submission of a completed evidence review, which will form the basis of a report to be published by Alcohol Change UK on its website. This is the primary output. We would also encourage successful applicants to submit outputs from their research for publication in peer reviewed journals subsequently. However, the primary report must be based on the full data and analysis (i.e. successful applicants should not withhold portions of the data for separate publication elsewhere).

The submitted report will itself undergo a process of peer review to ensure the published version is of the highest quality. Reports will then be publicised widely, and we would encourage applicants to play an active role in disseminating the findings and maximising their impact.

Selection criteria

Proposals will be scored on the degree to which they demonstrate:

  1. A clear understanding of the field and the expertise necessary to carry out a comprehensive search for evidence.
  2. Previous experience of carrying out evidence reviews (whether in alcohol or in a cognate area).
  3. Capacity to complete the rapid evidence review within the stated timeframe.
  4. Sufficient supervision and institutional support where work is to be carried out by junior staff
  5. Clear and appropriate methodology
  6. Clear and effective writing