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Grant Applications - November updates

29 November 2017

A round-up of HRB funding calls currently under way or coming soon.

Applications in progress

Collaborative Doctoral Awards in Patient-focused Research (CDA) 2018: 10 applicants were invited to submit to the full application stage which closed on 17 November 2017. The international peer review is currently under way, and this will be followed by a panel review. A two-day interview meeting will take place on 22 and 23 January 2018. The HRB Board will approve the recommendation of the Interview Panel on 23 February 2018. Applicants will be notified immediately after the Board approval and budget negotiations will start soon after.

Upcoming calls

Summer Student Scholarship 2018: The Summer Student Scholarships aims to support undergraduate students in a health or social care-related discipline by funding their participation in research for up to 8 weeks during the summer months in 2018. The purpose of the student scholarships is to encourage an interest in research and to give the student an opportunity to become familiar with some research techniques. The call will be open to undergraduate students who are studying in a health or social care-related discipline at a university/third level institute in Ireland. Please read carefully the guidance notes for eligibility criteria. The scheme will open on the 8 December and applications must be made online through the HRB GEMS online system. The deadline for submissions will be Thursday 15 February 2018.

Applying Research into Policy & Practice Postdoctoral Fellowship (ARPP): These individual fellowships are designed to build capability and leadership potential of researchers who will help reduce the gap between research findings and health policy and/or clinical practice. Academic researchers or in-practice healthcare and health policy professionals can apply under two different streams Academic and In-Practice. Applications must be made online through the HRB GEMS online system. The call will open on 8 January 2018 and the deadline for submission will be Thursday 15 March 2018. 

You can read the pre-call announcement document at:

Currently open calls

NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention 2018: As part of the 2017 Consortium activities, the Health Research Board, in association with the National Cancer Institute in the US and the HSC R&D Office in Northern Ireland, is now inviting applications for the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention programme. Applications are invited from health-related researchers and practitioners working in the Republic of Ireland who have an interest in cancer prevention and control. Applicants can apply for one or both of these courses. The two courses offered are Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control (9 July – 3 August 2018) and Molecular Prevention (6 - 10 August 2018). The call for applications for the 2018 courses is open and the deadline for submission of applications is 10 January 2018.

Definitive Interventions and Feasibility Awards (DIFA) 2019: The second round of the DIFA scheme was launched on 1 November 2017. You can watch a short (14 minute) webinar about this call at:

A pre-application stage is being introduced into the call. Eligible pre-applications will be short listed by an international review panel. A selected number of applicant teams will be invited to full application stage. The Lead Applicant will have the opportunity to revise their pre-application before the full application stage. This will facilitate changes in response to any feedback received from the panel at pre-application stage. As previously, full applications will undergo a two-stage assessment process.

Capacity Building in Evidence Synthesis (CBES) 2018: The HRB and the HSC R&D Division now invite applications which propose a new model for delivering capacity building initiatives in evidence synthesis.  The proposed model should include a range of activities to promote and support capacity building for evidence synthesis.  While this may include some current Cochrane activities, it is expected that the successful team will deliver a broad suite of training courses and other initiatives that will support evidence synthesis employing a range of methodologies (e.g. rapid reviews, umbrella reviews, narrative reviews, scoping reviews, realist reviews). The successful applicants will be expected to take over the networking, knowledge exchange and dissemination activities of Cochrane Ireland with the aim to revise and develop these as relevant. Applications will close 7 February 2018.

MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme
: The MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme enables MRCG-registered research charities to support research of particular interest to specific patient populations. The scheme provides funding for research projects in disease areas that are of strategic relevance to individual MRCG-registered research charities. Between now and December, participating charities will open calls for proposals through their respective websites/communications channels. Researchers who are interested in applying for this scheme should contact the MRCG for further information (

Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Awards
: The Fulbright Commission and the Health Research Board are offering a unique opportunity for an Irish Professional with 5 years or more experience to travel to the U.S. to undertake research or professional development in any area of Health. We are seeking excellent applicants with strong leadership potential and a commitment to the ethos of being a Fulbrighter. Applications from health professionals, senior health research administrators, health research managers and researchers in the following fields would be welcomed by HRB & Fulbright:

  • Research management in a healthcare setting.
  • Development & implementation of institutional health research strategies.
  • Public and patient involvement in health research.
  • Health services and health systems research. 
  • Implementation research.
  • Health research policy.
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