Roles, responsibilities and functions

The HRB is the lead funding agency for health research in Ireland. It oversees a €45 million investment in health research activity each year.

It manages four national health information systems; produces evidence reviews for the Department of Health to inform health policy making; and manages the HRB National Drug Library, a specialist information resource for health practicioners, researchers and policy makers in the drug and alcohol field.

We want the research that we fund and the work that we do to: -

  • deliver real benefits for people's health 
  • transform the way healthcare is delivered 
  • provide information and evidence that informs decisions about health care
  • advance health research and data infrastructure
  • promote excellent training in health research
  • generate economic returns through healthcare innovation and economic development.