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HRB Grants and Fellowships

Health Research Awards 2015
Project / Programme grants
Opening Date:
18 November 2014
Closing Date:
27 January 2015

Update 27 November 2014.

There will be a webinar about this call - in conjunction with the Applied Research Projects in Dementia 2015 call - on Monday 8 December 2014 at 3pm.

You can register for the webinar at this link:

You can also submit questions in advance to Annalisa Montesanti amontesanti(at) and put 'HRA / Dementia 2015 webinar' in the subject line.

We recommend that you verify your connection / ability to join the webinar in advance by testing your connection at:

End of update.

In line with its strategic objectives, the HRB is now inviting applications for its 2015 Health Research Awards (HRA).

This scheme provides funding for internationally competitive and innovative research that will create new knowledge and evidence of benefit to health through investment in patient-oriented, population health and health services research.

There will be a webinar about this call, in approximately two to three weeks. The exact date will be confirmed shortly, and an update will posted here. (An updated e-mail alert will be sent with the date and registration information.)

Applications must be submitted to one of four grant panels:

(1) Patient-Oriented Research.

(2) Population Health Research.

(3) Health Services Research.

These should comprise clearly defined research projects (including pilot and feasibility studies) with a duration up to 36 months and to a maximum award value of €330,000 (inclusive of overheads).  

Applications submitted to the

(4) Definitive Intervention research panel,

should comprise larger scale projects aimed at evaluating a definitive intervention (randomised clinical trials and/or other intervention studies involving humans) with a duration appropriate to the scale of the intervention proposed, but not be beyond 60 months, and to a maximum value of €800,000 (inclusive of overheads).  

Who should apply?

Applicants must demonstrate clearly that their research team contains the necessary breadth and depth of expertise in all the methodological areas required in the development and delivery of the proposed project. Please of the Guidance Notes.

The Principal Investigator (PI) will serve as the primary point of contact for the HRB on the award and during the review process. The PI will be responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the research programme and has primary fiduciary responsibility and accountability for carrying out the research within the funding limits awarded and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the HRB. Please refer to page 5 of Guidance notes for further Principal Investigator requirements and note revised eligibility criteria.

Please note that only one application per Principal Investigator to this scheme will be considered.  

Submission and Deadline:

All applications must be made online using the HRB GEMS.

The deadline for submission of complete applications to the HRB is Tuesday, 27 January 2015 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 V 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 will hold a webinar about this call, which will outline some key points about the call and the eligibility criteria. The exact date will be confirmed shortly, and we will post an update to this notice. We would expect that it will be in early December. 

If you have questions that are not adequately dealt with in the Guidance notes and FAQ documents, please e-mail them in advance to amontesanti(at) with the words 'HRA 2015 webinar' in the subject line and we will try to answer them during the webinar. 

General queries about the call should be sent to

Sara Lord 
e slord(at)
t 01 2345205

The HRB is committed to an open and competitive process underpinned by international peer review. Following an initial eligibility check applications will be sent to international experts for analysis and comment. Grant selection Panels will then be established to consider applications and the associated comments of the peer reviewers with a view to making final recommendations to the Board of the HRB

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