Platforms, programmes and projects

The HRB supports a number of platforms and programmatic awards, and projects to contribute to knowledge creation and support investigator-initatied studies. 

Platforms and programmes

This scheme is no longer running.

The Collaborative Applied Research Grants (CARG) are programmatic awards to support teams of high-calibre researchers from academia, health and social services, population health and/or policy institutions who have an existing and impressive track record in applied health services and/or population health research. Applied health research in population health and health services research involves building teams across disciplines and is typically multi-disciplinary and collaborative. It can employ quantitative, qualitative or mixed methodologies. Programme Grants typically consist of an inter-related and inter-reliant suite of work packages focused on a coherent and challenging question.

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The Health Research Centres (HRCs) are large-scale, programmatic research awards spanning multiple disciplines and multiple organisations. HRCs emphasise the appropriate dissemination of research results, and encourage a multidisciplinary approach to policy-relevant research, with an emphasis on health services priorities.

The HRB has provided funding for two strategic HRCs:

The HRB Centre in Primary Care and the

HRB Centre in Health and Diet Research.

 

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The Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science and Industry (IPPOSI) brings together patient groups, scientists, clinicians, industry and other key decision makers to discuss and build consensus on issues relevant to delivering treatments to people with unmet medical needs. Membership includes over 100 patient organisations and medical charities, 250 individuals from a science background and 17 industry members, as of January 2018. IPPOSI has been supported by the HRB on behalf of the Department of Health on an annual basis since 2007. HRB funding accounts for approximately 35-50% of IPPOSI annual income with the remainder generated from industry members.

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The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) is a large-scale, nationally representative, longitudinal study on ageing in Ireland, the overarching aim of which is to make Ireland the best place in the world to grow old. Waves 1 to 4 of TILDA was originally funded through collaboration between the Department of Health and Atlantic Philanthropies. Wave 5 and 6  of TILDA is funded by the Department of Health, with the HRB responsible for managing and monitoring the award on their behalf, and facilitating a Knowledge Dissemination and Exchange Group with relevant governmental policy stakeholders.

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The National Intellectual Disability Supplement to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA) is a longitudinal study building on the TILDA study by researching ageing in Ireland among people with an intellectual disability aged 40 and over. This study is the first of its kind in Europe, and the only study able to directly compare the ageing of people with intellectual disability with the general ageing population. Wave 3 and 4 of IDS-TILDA is funded by the Department of Health, with the HRB responsible for managing and monitoring the award on their behalf, and facilitating a Knowledge Dissemination and Exchange Group with relevant governmental policy stakeholders.

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Projects

The final round of this scheme was awarded in 2015 and it has since been replaced by the Applied Partnership Awards, Investigator-Led Projects and Definitive Interventions and Feasibility Awards.

The Health Research Awards (HRA) fund researchers and research teams to conduct internationally competitive and innovative research that will create new knowledge and evidence of benefit to health. The scheme invited applications to be submitted to one of four grant panels:

  • Population health research (PHR)
  • Health services research (HSR)
  • Patient-oriented research (POR) Definitive Intervention (DI)
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The Applied Partnership Awards (APA) support high quality applied research projects where academic researchers and knowledge users come together as a collaborative. The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • support high quality research that is priority-driven and nationally relevant
  • support applied projects i.e. projects that have the potential for application/impact on health care policy and practice decision-making within a relatively short timeframe (1-2 years)
  • engage knowledge users in the research process from question selection through to conduct, dissemination and action, to ensure that the issues addressed are relevant, timely and responsive for the Irish healthcare system 
  • encourage a partnership-based, co-funding model to maximise the resources available to address nationally relevant issues and to optimise the likelihood of the research evidence being applied.

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The Definitive Intervention and Feasibility Awards (DIFA) support the design, conduct and evaluation of healthcare intervention studies, in order to improve health outcomes and health service delivery.  The aim of the DIFA scheme is to achieve tangible benefits to patients, peoples’ health and health services through support of studies aimed at evaluating a full scale, definitive intervention of an appropriate design to provide high quality evidence on the efficacy, effectiveness, cost and broad impact of the intervention. To achieve a pipeline of such studies, both definitive interventions and feasibility studies conducted in preparation for a future definitive intervention, are supported.

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The Investigator-Led Projects (ILP) scheme supports the creation of new knowledge that, over time, will help to address major health challenges in society and have an impact on tomorrow’s healthcare.  Projects supported through the ILP scheme should be cutting-edge, add to the knowledge base internationally, and focus on important, timely research questions where the answers are of interest to a national and international audience.

Applications are submitted under one of three remits:

  1. Patient-Oriented Research.
  2. Population Health Research.
  3. Health Services Research

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The Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme (KEDS) scheme provides existing HRB-funded researchers with an opportunity to seek supplementary funding for exchange and dissemination activities that will accelerate and maximise the potential translation and impact of the research findings, and learning gained, on policy and/or practice and health outcomes.

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