EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP) welcomes being an active partner in research proposals. It has been involved in a wide variety of research from testing out digital aids and running surveys with our clients through to new clinical methodologies. EDP has a duty of care to its beneficiaries to ensure that any research promoted is safe and that the time and effort required to support any research is likely to be proportionately beneficial to the Charity and/or its beneficiaries. A research approval and implementation pathway has therefore been established allowing a panel of experts from across the organisation to consider research applications received.

Please note that we are not currently accepting research proposals from undergraduate students.  


What is the process for assessing and approving research?

The EDP Research Panel reviews all research proposals that involves members of staff and our beneficiaries. You will need to submit a research proposal to the panel which meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Proposals should be received by the Friday before the week of the Research Panel meeting at the latest

What do I need to do?

Fill out our research proposal submission, which helps us to understand the research imperative and methodology, who’s involved, what’s required of our staff and beneficiaries and assess the financial implications for the organisation.

Complete and sign the application form and send through to

What happens next?

Once you have submitted your application the Research Panel will acknowledge receipt of your application within 10 working days. You will receive an email notification when the review is complete.

How long does it take to gain approval?

There are a number of factors that impact on the time taken to hear back from the Research panel about whether a study has been approved. These include the quality of the application, whether all the required information has been provided and the need to communicate within EDP about the study. Whilst the Panel meets monthly, it may be that a research protocol will not gain approval at the first review meeting and amendments will need to be made and submitted for a second review.

Who should I contact if I have any queries?

If you have any questions about the application form, process or any other aspect of your submission to us, please email

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