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Collaboration in Ireland for Clinical Effectiveness Reviews (HRB-CICER) 2016
Project / Programme grants
Opening Date:
15 March 2016
Closing Date:
1 June 2016

Clinical effectiveness is a key component of patient safety and quality. The integration of best evidence in service provision, through clinical effectiveness processes, promotes healthcare that is up to date, effective and consistent.

The National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC) is a Ministerial committee established in 2010 as part of the Patient Safety First Initiative. The NCEC is supported by the Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU), Department of Health. The NCEC is a partnership between key stakeholders in patient safety and its mission is to provide a framework for national endorsement of clinical guidelines and audit to optimise patient and service user care.

The HRB, along with the NCEC/CEU, invite proposals for the development and management of HRB-CICER. The award for HRB-CICER is for five years.

Who should apply?

It is anticipated that HRB-CICER would consist of an interdisciplinary team of researchers comprising research specialists in systemic reviewing, health economics and information sciences. Given the need to undertake different levels of work at different time periods and the need to have scope and flexibility to scale-up or scale-down activities as needed, it is anticipated that CICER may be ideally suited to a ‘virtual centre’ reflecting a hub-and-spoke model (capable of harnessing the required skills and expertise across multiple departments, centres and/or institutions).

In addition, HRB-CICER should have clear and explicit leadership and the nominated Director of CICER should have experience and expertise working in the area of evidence synthesis and also have experience of working with national bodies such as the Department of Health and/or Health Service Executive to deliver nationally relevant research projects to budget and under tight time-frames

Objectives and Deliverables

The objective of this open competitive call is to make one award for the Collaboration in Ireland for Clinical Effectiveness Reviews (HRB-CICER) to support the work of the NCEC/CEU with regard to the evidence requirements for the clinical effectiveness processes across all areas as laid out in the NCEC Terms of Reference.  CICER will undertake evidence reviews and provide scientific support for the development of the NCEC’s clinical practice guidelines and other activities relating to the work of the NCEC.   

Submission and Deadline:

Applications must be completed and submitted through the HRB online Grant E-Management System (GEMS) ( and this system will close automatically at the stated deadline below. 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 II of Guidance Notes). It is critical therefore that Lead 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.

The deadline for submission of complete applications to the HRB is Wednesday 1st June 2016 at 13.00.

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