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Public and Patient Involvement in research

Recruitment for HRB public reviewer pilot - we're full

14 March 2017

We are delighted to report that the response from members of the public for this pilot initiative has far exceeded our expectations and we would like to thank everyone who has already expressed an interest in getting involved. 

Therefore at this stage we will not be accepting any more applications for this pilot.

However, if you think that you might like to be involved in any future public reviews of grant applications then you are welcome to register your interest and you will be included in our public reviewer database. If the scheme is extended you may be selected to conduct a future public review. (Due to the volume of applications / registrations, it may be a while before we can acknowledge your registration.) 

To register your interest, please download, fill in and return the form below via email to shendrick(at), or post it to:

Dr Siobhán Hendrick
Health Research Board
Grattan House,
67-72 Lower Mount St.
Dublin 2
D02 H638

Public Reviewer registration form

Irish health matters. Your opinion matters too

2 March 2017

The Health Research Board (HRB) invites Irish people from all walks of life to become a public reviewer of applications for its health research grants.

As a public reviewer, we will ask you from time to time to share your views on certain aspects of research  proposals that we receive for funding.

Flexible training and familiarization with the process will be provided. An optional half-day training workshop will be made available to you, and although review times will vary depending on the application, we estimate that it might take between 4-8 hours, spread across 4 weeks, to complete each review. You do not need any previous experience or qualifications, just a willingness to give your perspective as a member of the public.

Public Reviewers should not include:
• Current health care professionals
• Current health researchers

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