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Spain to issue problem gambling research grants

| By Marese O'Hagan
Spain's Ministerio de Consumo (Ministry of Consumption) has called for research centres to apply for subsidies worth €1.6m (£1.4m/$1.8m) to investigate the effects of gambling harm.

Published in Spain’s Official State Gazette, the order called for public universities, university institutes and affiliated centres to apply, as well as public health entities affiliated with the National Health System.

Applicants will have to submit a project plan in order to be considered. Non-profit entities can also apply but, if successful, they must communicate that their objective is to carry out research initiatives.

The research that will take place under the grants must revolve around early detection of gambling harm behaviours and the harm associated with problem gambling, along with its effects on the individual, their families and their social standing. The research must also look at how to minimise the stigma around gambling harm and study the gender-specific impact of harm.

Organisations that work in conjunction with lotteries, poker, gambling and betting are also encouraged to apply.

Applications close on 19 May. Those interested must submit projects through Spain’s gambling regulator, the General Directorate for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ).

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