The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) has issued a public tender for research projects to support a year-long research programme to explore and define gambling-related harm in the UK.

The programme has been given the title: ’Gambling-related harm: what does this term involve and how best to measure and account for it in Great Britain?’ It will aim to set out what gambling-related harm actually means, what form this harm takes, and who experiences it.

The research will then look to understand how such issues can be measured and monitored in the UK to ensure that attempts to minimise gambling-related harm can be more accurately evaluated.

“Recent thinking in this field has turned attention from problem gambling to the wider question of gambling-related harm,” RGT chief executive Marc Etches explained. “In line with the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board’s interest in this concept, RGT is keen to enable ground-breaking research into this important question.

“We also expect this work will help to inform discussions around gambling-related harm as a public health issue.”

The RGT is to award total funding for relevant research projects of up to £80,000, with the programme scheduled to begin in January 2016, finishing in December of the same year.

The invitation to tender has been issued publicly to ensure that all capable parties have the chance to participate in the research programme. Tenders will be reviewed by the RGT’s Research Committee, chaired by senior independent trustee Professor Jonathan Wolff.

“All research is commissioned by Independent Trustees sitting on the Responsible Gambling Trust’s Research Committee in order to ensure that it is free from the potential for industry influence,” Wolff explained. “The Research Committee is keen to receive proposals from anyone with relevant expertise and has issued this public tender to ensure we reach the widest possible audience.”