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HRB Grants and Fellowships

Cochrane Fellowships 2016
Training / Career Development
Opening Date:
1 March 2016
Closing Date:
24 May 2016

Cochrane is a global not-for profit organisation with contributors from more than 130 countries working together to produce credible, accessible health information, that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest.  It produces reviews that summarise the best available evidence generated through research, to inform decisions about health.  Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy and are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care.  They investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. They also assess the accuracy of a diagnostic test for a given condition in a specific patient group and setting. The reviews are updated as needed, ensuring that treatment decisions can be based on the most up-to-date and reliable evidence.  Cochrane Systematic Reviews are published online, in full text, in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in the Cochrane Library –

Since 2002, all this information has been available free of charge throughout the island of Ireland via the Internet at, through a subscription funded by the Health Research Board (HRB) in Dublin and the Health & Social Care Research and Development Division (HSC R&D Division) in Northern Ireland.

What is the aim of the Fellowship?

The aim of the Cochrane Fellowships scheme is to build capacity on the island of Ireland in conducting systematic reviews for inclusion in the Cochrane Library. The scheme forms part of a commitment to increase the ability of researchers to conduct high quality R&D for health and social care, and for managers and professionals to be aware of, and act upon, the results.

Who should apply?

Applications are invited from individuals resident In the Island of Ireland working in the health and social care area. As this is a training fellowship, applications from those with no prior experience and/or structured training in conducting systematic reviews are encouraged to apply.

What does the Fellowship include?

The Fellowship provides the Fellow with protected time of up to two days per week for up to two years to conduct their review. The award covers systematic review training costs, salary-related costs and research expenses.

Submission and Deadline:

All applications must be made online using the HRB online Grant E-Management System (GEMS). The deadline for submission of complete applications to the HRB is Tuesday, 24 May 2016 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.  It is critical therefore, that Applicants 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.

Further information is available in the guidelines document below.

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