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HRB Investigator Led Projects 2017
Project / Programme grants
Opening Date:
25 August 2016
Closing Date:
13 October 2016

**Update: The expected update of the IUA salary scales is now unlikely to be published before the deadline for this call (13 October 2016, 13:00). We advise applicants to the ILP call to refer to the SFI scales which are very similar to the expected final IUA scales 2016. The final IUA scales may be used for contract negotiations**

The Health Research Board (HRB) Strategy 2016 – 2020: Research. Evidence. Action. highlights three areas of focus that the HRB will engage in over the next four years. The HRB Strategy, through Focus Area 1, aims to address major health challenges by supporting high-quality, investigator-led, internationally competitive research.  In line with its strategic objectives, the HRB now invites applications for its 2017 Investigator Led Projects (ILP).

The new ILP aims to support the creation of new knowledge that, over time, will help to address major health challenges in society and have an impact on tomorrow’s healthcare.  Projects supported through the ILP scheme should be cutting-edge, add to the knowledge base internationally, and focus on important, timely research questions where the answers are of interest to an international audience.

Applications must be submitted under one of three remits:

(1) Patient-Oriented Research.

(2) Population Health Research.

(3) Health Services Research.

These should comprise clearly defined research projects with a duration of between 24 and 48 months and to a maximum award value of €370,000 (inclusive of overheads).  

Who should apply?

The Lead Applicant (LA) must demonstrate that they have the skills, knowledge and supports necessary to direct the proposed research and to be actively engaged in carrying the research through to completion. LAs 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.

The LA will serve as the primary point of contact for the HRB on the award and during the review process. The LA 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 the Guidance notes for further Lead Applicant requirements and eligibility criteria.

Please note that only one application per Lead Applicant to this scheme will be considered. 

Submission and Deadline:

All applications must be made online using HRB GEMS.

The deadline for submission of complete applications to the HRB is Thursday 13th October 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 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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