In Austria, a broad range of drug-related research is implemented at national and provincial levels, focusing on licit and illicit substances and covering medical, social, ethical and legal issues. This research examines responses to the drug situation, such as drug policy, including population-based and clinical epidemiology, as well as basic biological and neurobiological studies. In 2015, a literature search focusing on Austrian scientists and Austrian journals identified a broad spectrum of publications on topics ranging from neuroscience to social science and from prevention aspects to treatment, as well as on both licit and illicit substances. Studies often cover quantitative and qualitative aspects, but the majority can be classified as qualitative.
Drug-specific research is funded at the national level by ministries and foundations that promote research, as well as indirectly from the budgets of universities and from provinces budgets. Several research studies have been implemented within the framework of the European Union funded programmes. Ministries tend to fund drug dependency research projects based on demand, and funding is not provided on a regular basis. The results of research are disseminated in scientific journals and research reports and through dedicated websites.
Austrian research covers a broad spectrum of topics ranging from neuroscience to social science and from prevention aspects to treatment, as and including both licit and illicit substances