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Capacity Building for Evidence Synthesis (CBES) Award 2018
Project / Programme grants
Opening Date:
10 October 2017
Closing Date:
7 February 2018

The HRB and the HSC R&D Division have a long history of supporting activities linked to the Cochrane Collaboration. Following a number of changes in the environment we now invite applications which propose a new model for delivering capacity building initiatives in evidence synthesis.

The proposed model should include a range of activities to promote and support capacity building for evidence synthesis.  While this may include some current Cochrane activities, it is expected that the successful team will deliver a broad suite of training courses and other initiatives that will support evidence synthesis employing a range of methodologies (e.g. rapid reviews, umbrella reviews, narrative reviews, scoping reviews, realist reviews).

The successful applicants will be expected to take over the networking, knowledge exchange and dissemination activities of Cochrane Ireland with the aim to revise and develop these as relevant

Who should apply?

Applications must be made by teams of applicants representing different institutions North and South. Whilst the Lead Applicant must be based in ROI, the applicant team must include at least one Co-Applicant from Northern Ireland who has sufficient experience, expertise and networking skills to ensure that the Northern Ireland perspective is represented within the governance and decision making structures of the award. 

The Lead Applicant must have a track record and experience in evidence reviews and be cognizant of the ongoing debates within evidence synthesis methodologies. The Lead Applicant will be expected to take up the post of Director. It is expected that this critical appointment will be at least 0.5 FTE and funding for same can be requested from the award.

Objectives and Deliverables

The primary aim of this award is to build a critical mass of experts in a range of evidence synthesis methodologies. This needs to address the training and support needs for evidence informed decision making in policy and practice. Limited support will also be provided for primary methodological research activities. The aim of the award is not to provide a service to deliver evidence review products. Only one award will be made which is expected to deliver for the island of Ireland.

Submission and Deadline:

All applications must be made using the HRB Grant Electronic Management System (GEMS) GEMS will close automatically at the deadline.

The application must have been reviewed and approved by the signatory approver at the research office (or equivalent) in the host institution before it is submitted to the HRB. Therefore, applicants should ensure that they give the signatory approver sufficient time before the scheme closing date to review the application and approve it on GEMS. Please note that many host institutions specify internal deadlines for this procedure.

The deadline for submission of complete applications to the HRB is Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 13.00.

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