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HRB Grants and Fellowships

Health Research Awards 2013
Project / Programme grants
Opening Date:
6 September 2012
Closing Date:
9 November 2012

All grant applications must now be made through the new HRB Grants E-Management System (GEMS) which will go live on 18 October 2012. Two calls will open before this date and we have increased the application period for these calls. This is to enable applicant?s sufficient time to prepare their applications offline before submitting them through the new online system.

Host Institutions will approve and submit each application on behalf of the applicant. Please make this a time consideration when preparing your grant application.

In line with its strategic objectives, the HRB is now inviting applications for its 2013 Health Research Awards (HRA).

Scope of the scheme:

This scheme provides funding for clearly defined research projects in areas of patient-oriented research, health services research and population health research up to a maximum award value of ?330,000 inclusive of overheads for projects up to 36 months.

In exceptional cases only, where an application falls under the definition of an evaluation of a complex intervention (as defined by the MRC Guidance for Evaluation for Complex Interventions), applicants may request additional costs (up to a maximum award value of ?500,000 inclusive of overheads) over a longer duration (of up to a maximum period of 60 months).

Who should apply?

Applicants 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 Principal Investigator (PI) will serve as the primary point of contact for the HRB on the award and during the review process. The PI 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.

The Principal Investigator must

  • Hold a post (permanent or a contract that covers the duration of the award) in a recognised research institution in the Republic of Ireland as an independent investigator, or
  • be a contract researcher recognised by the research institution as an independent investigator who will have a dedicated office and research space for the duration of award, for which he/she will be fully responsible, or
  • be an individual who will be recognised by the research institution upon receipt of the HRB HRA award as a contract researcher as defined above. The Principal Investigator does not necessarily need to be employed by the Host Institution at the time of the application submission


See Guidance notes for further Principal Investigator requirements.

Only one application per Principal Investigator to this scheme will be considered.


All applications must be made online using the new HRB GEMS.

The deadline for submission of complete applications is Friday, 09 November 2012 at 13.00.

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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