Cookie policy

The Health Research Board (HRB) with an address at Grattan House, 67-72 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 is a health funder in research and we manage a number of national health information systems.

What are cookies and why do we use them?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

Our site uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our site. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our site and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse our site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

The Health Research Board (HRB) uses cookies for the purpose of storing and retrieving session information in our on-line systems, and for analysing traffic on our websites.


Types of Cookies

These are the types of cookies used on the HRB websites:


1. Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. These cookies are deleted when you close your browser. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our site.

2. Performance or Analytical Cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a HRB website. For example, HRB uses Google Analytics to track anonymized usage statistics for the site. This data is used to analyse how frequently people visit the site, how the website is found, and which pages are most frequently viewed. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall view of website use, and is never identified individually or personally. These cookies are only used to identify ways to improve the website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites please visit:

For more information about Google Analytics, and the cookies it sets, please visit:


3. Functionality Cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise you and remember choices you make (such as choice of language or mobile device preferences) when you return to our website.


Opt out

You can opt out of one or all third party Online Behavioural Advertising (OBA) cookies on the web browser you are currently using with an "opt-out cookie" by visiting:

Cookies used on the HRB website

Domain Cookie name Cookie type Purpose Expires More information __utma Performance or Analytical Cookies To identify users as unique for the purpose of tracking unique visitors 2 years see __utmb Google analytics Performance or Analytical Cookies To establish and continue a user’s session within the website 30 minutes see __utmc Google analytics Performance or Analytical Cookies Used in conjunction with __utmb to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user Not set (current session) see __utmz Google analytics Performance or Analytical Cookies To store information relating to how the user came to be viewing the present page, whether by referral, direct link or another method 6 months see fe_typo_user TYPO3 Front-end/session cookies A session key which tells the website whether or not a visitor is logged in. No personally identifiable information is stored in this cookie Current session be_typo_user TYPO3 Backend A session key which tells the website whether or not a user is logged into the backend for the purposes of site administration. No personally identifiable information is stored in this cookie. Current session PHPSESSID TYPO3 Backend A session key which allows the website to keep track of activity relating to your session, allowing a smoother experience when using the website. No personally identifiable information is stored in this cookie. Current session Publication filter names like 'area_n_categories' (varies by number of visible categories on the publications filter) Records which categories are expanded or collapsed so that returning to the page shows the same items expanded as last time you were there Current session