The scholarship programme will prioritise applications from lower and middle income countries.
Recent years have seen advances in the scientific understanding of products used for tobacco harm reduction, including laboratory based and clinical studies of their effects and safety, behavioural studies of how and why they are used in different populations and contexts, epidemiological studies into patterns of use, and the relationship between the use of these products and changes in tobacco smoking. There is an increasing understanding of the range of appropriate and effective evidence based regulation and standards for harm reduction products, and of harm reduction strategies and policies.
However, on a global basis scientific capacity for research on tobacco harm reduction and related products is not evenly distributed, and there is considerable variation in the use of evidence to establish effective and appropriate Public Health policies.
In addition, despite there being strong evidence for the effectiveness of a tobacco harm reduction approach, public understanding of the evidence base and its implications for both policy and personal health choices is limited.
This scholarship programme aims to redress this imbalance. We expect proposals to be modest but achievable: they will be assessed for their potential significance in advancing the field.
We welcome applications from all potential scholars with an interest in tobacco harm reduction. This may include: