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The primary objective of the RUSMIDDEL programme is to cultivate new, relevant knowledge and promote alcohol and drug research of high scientific merit. The programme will focus its activities on establishing a university-based research centre for alcohol and drug research and providing support for researcher-initiated projects within the programme’s thematic priority areas. The research centre will primarily conduct clinically relevant alcohol and drug research, taking on a national role and serving as a network-builder in the field of alcohol and drug research in Norway. The work programme sets out five thematic priority areas: alcohol and drug-related harms and third-party consequences; the workplace and substance use; early intervention; addictive prescription drugs; and cannabis. The programme board may also provide support for projects in areas identified as in need of research in Official Norwegian Report 2003:4, Research in the field of substance abuse. All research projects must adequately incorporate gender perspectives and perspectives relating to cultural diversity and social inequality.
Please also refer to the work programme (see link on right), which describes the thematic basis of the RUSMIDDEL programme (2007-2011). There are plans to extend the programme for a new five-year period from 2012 to 2016.
Universities, university colleges, independent research institutes and other publicly funded research groups.
The overall budget for the entire programme period (2007-2011) is approximately NOK 115 million.