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Health Research Career Framework

The HRB Strategy 2016-2020 Research. Evidence. Action. commits the HRB to support exceptional researchers and leaders in health research.

During this strategy the HRB will implement specific actions to support a structured approach to this goal. This strategy incorporates the vision, guiding principles, coherent research path model and action plan that the HRB will use to enable the effective development, implementation and delivery of the training, support and career development of a skilled workforce of 21st century engaged in health research in Ireland.

In summary, the HRB will take a structured approach to supporting:

  • Early-stage researchers through PhD programmes.
  • Mid-stage researchers through the development of team-based and cross-disciplinary approaches.
  • New investigators who are ready to transition to independence.
  • Leaders in health research.

Some of the specific actions for each of these career stages will include:

Early-stage researchers through PhD programmes:

Mid-stage researchers through the development of team-based and cross-disciplinary approaches:

  • Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) like-Awards supporting individuals working in PoR, HSR and PHR (currently planned for 2018 launch).
  • Cancer Prevention Fellowship Programme in partnership with the National Cancer Institute in the US.
  • Initiatives targeting clinically trained and academically based researchers through the WT-HRB-SFI partnership.

New investigators who are ready to transition to independence level:

Leaders in health research:

  • Clinician Scientist Awards.
  • Research Leader Awards.
The HRB career path in health research

The long-term goal is:

  • to train and support individuals as collaborative experts in order to generate ideas and undertake research
  • to drive the integration of research and evidence into policy and practice, thereby improving decision-making, and
  • to improve health outcomes and creating a wider impact in society
Summary of the Health Research Career framework

The details of the Health Research Career framework and action plan can be read in full in the document below. For any further information, please contact Dr Annalisa Montesanti at amontesanti(at)hrb.ie.

A schematic illustration of schemes and initiatives relevant to each researcher’s profile and career stage can be found here.

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