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Emerging Investigator Awards for Health (EIA) 2017
Project / Programme grants
Opening Date:
20 September 2016
Closing Date:
8 December 2016

The HRB has identified the training, career development and support of exceptional researchers, talent and leadership as one of the key enablers to deliver the main objectives of the HRB Strategy 2016-2020 Research. Evidence. Action.  In line with its strategic objectives and the recent HRB Health Research Careers framework and action plan, the HRB is now inviting applications to the Emerging Investigator Awards for Health (EIA) 2017.

The HRB plans to commit about €8 million over the lifetime of the strategy (2016-2020) to support Emerging Investigator Awards for Health, with two calls currently planned in 2016 and 2018, respectively and the estimated number of awards between 10 and 12.

The overarching aim of the HRB Emerging Investigator Awards for Health is to create a strong cohort of new and talented independent investigators by facilitating and supporting the transition of these individuals from mid-stage researchers to independent and self-direct health researchers in the Republic of Ireland.

The main objectives of this scheme are to:

  1. Support and nurture talented individuals at a critical career transition stage establishing themselves as independent and self-directed health investigators in academic or other research-based institutions.
  2. Establish a cadre of collaborative experts who can generate new knowledge in health research, while at the same time taking an active role towards actionable knowledge, particularly by facilitating and maximising the application and/or translation of knowledge generated through research and collaborations towards improving the health care systems, policies or practice, in addition to generating evidence informed by policy and practice.

The scheme provides support to talented individuals who can make a valuable contribution to knowledge in the area of patient-oriented research, health services research and/or population health research and who are capable of becoming independent and self-directed investigators.  The call is also open to individuals currently working in disciplines outside health with an interest in moving into health research, as well as to individuals not currently working in Ireland but who have the support of a HRB approved Host Institution in Ireland.

Who should apply?

Lead Applicants may be from (1) health related–researchers and/or (2) professionals categories.

A Lead Applicant must

  1. have a PhD or equivalent experience (at least 4 years full-time research experience post-primary degree) and
  2. be able to demonstrate his/her contribution to scientific knowledge and the potential as collaborative independent researchers.

Please read the Guidance notes carefully for further eligibility requirements and criteria relating to Lead Applicants.

Pre-Eligibility Screening of the Lead Applicant:

The HRB will conduct a pre-eligibility screening of the Lead Applicant in recognition of the diversity of background, disciplines and career trajectory potential applicants might have, as well as to determine the eligibility of Lead Applicants for this scheme at an early stage during the application process. Applicants will be required to complete some information regarding their CV, a personal declaration; their contribution to scientific knowledge to date; and address a few other questions regarding eligibility on the HRB online Grant E-Management System (GEMS) ( The Lead applicant must also submit an email to EIA2017(at) requesting to be assessed in the EIA pre-eligibility screening and confirming that they have completed the requested information. The deadline for the pre-eligibility submission is Friday 07 October 2016 at 13.00. More details on the process can be found in Appendix V of the Guidance Notes.

Full Application Submission and Deadline:

Applications must be completed and submitted through the HRB online Grant E-Management System (GEMS) ( and this system will close automatically on Thursday 8 December 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 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 HRB recorded a webinar about this call. You can listen to a recording of the webinar at

Webinar recording:

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 comments. An Interview Panel 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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