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HRB Grants and Fellowships

Research Leader Awards 2012
Training / Career Development
Opening Date:
5 July 2012
Closing Date:
14 November 2012

In its Strategic Business Plan (2010-2014), the HRB identified as one of its key goals the need to build capacity to conduct high quality Population Health and Health Services Research (PHHSR) in Ireland.  This included an urgent need to invest in senior academic research leaders in PHHSR, working in close collaboration with key clinicians and health managers engaged in policy and/or practice.

The HRB now invites applications from Higher Education Institutions in Ireland, along with partner organisations in health and social care, to nominate outstanding individuals with a track record in PHHSR to become HRB Research Leaders. Successful nominees will be supported by the HRB for five years at the grade of Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, and will be expected to lead research in their area of expertise, contribute to building research capacity, and develop partnerships to promote the effective translation of research evidence into policy and/or practice. This prestigious new award scheme is a key pillar of the HRB Strategy, complementing a number of other programmes and initiatives.

The HRB expects to support up to 10 Research Leader Awards across two calls. It is envisaged that up to five awards will be made in this call for applications.

Who should apply?

The lead applicant must be a Higher Education Institution in the Republic of Ireland and the application must involve a partnership with at least one health-related partner organisation. Applications should be aligned with the strategic plans of the nominating organisations, and should reflect national priorities and strategies in health and social care.

Nominated individuals:

o   must have an outstanding record in population health and/or health services research and its effective translation for improved health;

o   may come from a clinical or a non-clinical background and may be currently based within or outside of Ireland;

o   will be expected to lead research in their area of expertise, contribute to building research capacity, and develop partnerships with key clinicians and health managers to translate research evidence into policy and practice. 

What does the award include?

Each Research Leader Award consists of salary support for the nominee at the grade of Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor, an attractive discretionary research support package of up to ?600,000 over the period of the award, and a contribution to overhead expenses.

Duration of the award:

The award may be held for a maximum of five years. The application must be accompanied by a letter of support indicating that the nominating institution is committed, in principle, to supporting the continuation of the post once the HRB funding elapses. 

Deadline for applications:

Applications must be submitted by e-mail to no later than 1.00pm on Wednesday 14 of November 2012.

How to apply:

Guidelines, application form and supporting documents can be downloaded from the links below and must be submitted by email to the contact email address on or before the closing date.

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