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Medical Education Research Grant 2014
Project / Programme grants
Opening Date:
14 May 2014
Closing Date:
31 July 2014

The Medical Education Research Grant is open to Principal Investigators (PIs) from the Republic of Ireland, and is expected to be of particular interest to bodies already involved in the delivery of medical education and training in the Republic of Ireland (most notably bodies approved by the Medical Council under Part 10 of the Medical Practitioners Act for the purposes of education and training).

While the Principal Investigator does not necessarily have to have a proven track record in prior medical education research, s/he must take the lead in ensuring that the applicant team possesses the necessary collective expertise, skills and experience aligned to the scale, nature and scope of the study outlined (e.g., educationalists, social scientists, behavioural scientists, statisticians, qualitative researchers).

Scope of the scheme

The award is designed to both address policy needs and foster research capacity in the sector in Ireland so as to support quality development in medical education and training delivery for the benefit of the public, the health services and the medical Profession.

A single award will be made in 2014. The award will be up to a maximum total award value of €150,000 (inclusive of overheads) for a project of a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 24 months in duration.

To be of value to the health system, a number of indicative themes have been included which reflect the policy needs of the Medical Council and the HSE-MET in relation to their role in driving continuing development in the delivery of medical education and training in Ireland so as the ensure tomorrow’s doctors meet future health needs. Applications addressing either one of these indicative themes, as listed in the guidance notes, or other themes where the applicant presents a compelling and justifiable case for how the project possesses strong potential to impact on policy and/or practice in medical education and training in Ireland in the short-medium, are now invited.

Frequently Asked Questions:

WHEN is the DEADLINE for applications?

All applications must be made online using the HRB GEMS. The deadline for submission of complete applications is Thursday, 31 July 2014 at 13.00.

Prior to final submission to the HRB, all applications must first be reviewed and approved within GEMS by the signatory approver at the research office (or equivalent) at the Host Institution (see Appendix IV of Guidance Notes). It is critical therefore that Principal Investigators leave sufficient time in the process for the Research Office (or equivalent) in their nominated Host Institution to review, seek clarifications and approve applications prior to the final submission date. This may involve being aware of and complying with any internal Host Institution deadlines for review and approval, distinct from the HRB deadline.

The HRB is committed to an open and competitive process underpinned by international review. Following an initial eligibility check applications will be sent to international panel experts for analysis and comment. The Panel will then make the final recommendation to the HRB, HSE-MET and Medical Council.

Further information is available in the Guidance Notes below.

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