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HRB Grants and Fellowships

MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme 2016
Project / Programme grants
Opening Date:
23 September 2015
Closing Date:
30 November 2015

Update 23 November 2015

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) would like to announce a call for projects under the MRCG and HRB Joint Research fund. Projects funded under this call will begin in September 2016.

MDI seek proposals for research relating to a wide range of neuromuscular conditions. MDI encourage all types of research including basic, clinical, psychosocial and health services research.

Applications must be submitted in full on the official application form on or before December 10th 2015. Details are available via the MDI website at

End update 23 November2015.


Update 5 November 2015

Four schemes announced by participating charities.

Irish Nephrology Society.

The Irish Nephrology Society has recently launched its call for proposals. Details are available on their website. See

The Irish Nephrology Society will accept only one application per Principal Investigator and advise that applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality and innovation.
  • Expertise and research environment.
  • Relevance and impact of the research on the goal(s) of the charity.

The closing date for applications to the Irish Nephrology Society is Monday 30th November 2015.

COPD Support Ireland.

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder) Support Ireland has recently launched its call for proposals. Details are available in the COPE PDF leaflet which can be downloaded from the MRCG website at

COPD Support Ireland invites expressions of interest and an outline research proposal in the following areas:

  • Living with COPD.
  • Access and equity.
  • Prevention.
  • Service organisation and delivery.
  • Treatment.

The closing date for applications to COPD Support Ireland is 5 pm Thursday 12th November 2015. Please return proposal outline to Damien Peelo, COPD Support Ireland, Brookfield House, Brookfield Terrace, Blackrock, County Dublin or by email to damienpeelo(at)

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland/ Diabetes Ireland/ The Irish Heart Foundation/ The Irish Cancer Society.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Diabetes Ireland, the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation have come together with the aim of encouraging and jointly funding a research project focused on risk reduction for chronic conditions.

Full details are available at

The Charity Partners together invite research applications that will:

  1. Guide and inform priority research into risk reduction in the areas of the chronic conditions as outlined.
  2. Evaluate and address complex intervention(s) in behaviour change and produce high quality pilot impact data, specific to Ireland, which has the potential to be scalable and sustainable.
  3. Consider and appropriately address health inequalities. 
  4. Align with the priorities of all Charity Partners.

Funding of up to €285,000 will be provided, for a period of up to three years.
All applications must be submitted by email to research(at) by 3pm 15th January 2016.

Cystinosis Ireland

Details are available via Cystinosis Ireland website at

Cystinosis Ireland is open to receiving applications in all areas of cystinosis research. However there are areas of particular interest:

  • Orthopaedic problems and muscle wasting in cystinosis.
  • Ocular issues in cystinosis and its treatment.
  • Effects of cystinosis medications and treatments on patients.
  • Effects and safety of pregnancy in cystinosis patients.
  • Fertility issues in cystinosis patients - male and female.
  • Quality of Life issues including education, wellbeing, employment, transition to adult care for children, effects of living with someone with cystinosis on the family.
  • Adults with cystinosis.
  • Stem cell research/Gene Therapy in cystinosis.
  • Issues related to renal transplant for cystinosis patients.
  • Finding better treatments for cystinosis.
  • Finding a cure for cystinosis.

Maximum funding available is €300,000 in total but projects for less than this amount are very much welcome. Project duration should be between 12-36 months. It is expected that projects will start in Autumn 2016.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5 pm Friday 20th November 2015 to research(at) 


Queries should be directed the relevant charity.

End update 5 November 2015. 


Update 28 October 2015:

MS Ireland has recently launched its call for proposals. Details are available on their website. See 

MS Ireland will accept formal applications which follow the theme:

'Mindfulness and Meditation based interventions for people with Multiple Sclerosis which can improve the quality of life for people with MS'.

This programme awards funding to time-specific research projects. Projects of up to €25,000 investment for two years will be considered for this call. (€25K in year one and €25K in year two).

The closing date for applications to MS Ireland is 11 December 2015.

End of update.

Update 15 October 2015:

Epilepsy Ireland has recently launched its call for proposals. Details are available on their website. See

Epilepsy Ireland encourage proposals for all types of research including basic, clinical, psychosocial and health services research. Proposals that cover one or more of the following research areas are particularly welcome in the current funding round:

  • Development of improved diagnosis, treatments or support interventions. 
  • Genetics of epilepsy. 
  • Psychosocial aspects/ impact of epilepsy. 
  • Epilepsy and education. 
  • Use of assistive technology in epilepsy. 
  • Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy and other epilepsy deaths.
  • Epilepsy in specific demographics such as children/ young adults; the elderly; people with an intellectual disability; women; men. 
  • Rare epilepsy syndromes.


The closing date for applications to Epilepsy Ireland is 4 December 2015.

End of update.

***Please note that the 'opening' and 'closing dates' on the HRB grant notice webpage are for administrative purposes only and do not represent dates for submission of applications. For actual call opening and closing dates please see the websites of the individual charities involved in the scheme***

Over the coming weeks participating charities will open calls for proposals through their respective websites/ communications channels. Those interested in this scheme should contact the MRCG for further information.

About the MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme

The Health Research Board (HRB) Strategic Business Plan 2016-2020 will set out our mission with two complementary aspects: to improve people’s health and to improve healthcare delivery. The HRB will continue to work in partnership with others to accelerate the translation of research into real benefits for people and play a key role in health system innovation, transformation and economic development.

Since 2006, the Medical Research Charities Group (MRCG) and the HRB have operated an innovative joint funding scheme that allows members of the MRCG to support research of particular interest to specific patient populations. This scheme provides funding for clearly defined research projects in disease areas of strategic relevance to each individual charity. MRCG/HRB awards will be up to a maximum total award value of €300,000 for projects from 12 up to 36 months.

As calls are announced, applicants should contact the designated contact point at the respective charity. If requested by participating charities, HRB will update this page with announcements of individual calls as they open.

For further details

Please contact Marie Downes at the MRCG
t: 01 491 2044 
e: mdownes(at)

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