Spain reveals final list of 26 gambling research projects that will split €1.3m in funding

The final studies that will focus on gambling activity disorders have been announced, as well as how much each of them will receive.

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The Directorate-General for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ) has published a motion for a final resolution regarding the applications for funding, with 26 successful projects selected.

The 26 projects will share €1.3m ($1.4m) in funding between them, with each of them receiving between €8,000 and €140,000.

These have been submitted by a range of universities, charities and health institutions across spain, with many of the projects themselves covering gambling-related harm and research on how to reduce it.

Some of these projects include one from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche, which has proposed a study to ‘change and seek treatment in pathological gamblers and investors: an experimental study in young adults’.

One of the largest projects, which received a subsidy allocation amount of €130,842.50, comes from the University of Granada, which will study the ‘Communication strategies that encourage responsible gaming behaviours online: Consumer neuroscience.’

Each of the projects had to go through a strict assessment process, which rated different aspects of the projects on quality, viability and the impact of the proposal.

In the document, five projects which had made it to the final proposal stage were refused for failing to achieve the strict assessment scores.

Regarding the final list, the DGOJ said: “These grants are aimed at carrying out research studies on disorders derived from gambling activity, with the prevention of the effects derived from such disorders or the risks associated with gambling.”

“Its concession is made on a competitive basis and the execution period of the beneficiary projects will be extended until 30 June, 2024.”

Spain isn't the only country investing in gambling research though, as Ireland recently found that 1 in 30 adults suffer from gambling harm.

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