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Become a Public Reviewer

What will a public reviewer have to do?

Researchers applying for HRB funding have to complete an application form saying what research they want to do and how they want to do it.

As a public reviewer, you will be asked to review 1-2 of these research proposals and complete a short assessment report within a pre-agreed period of time (4 weeks).

The review can be done from home, in your own time, and you will be paid a standard fee for each application reviewed.

Your review is written from your perspective as a member of the public or informed by your knowledge and experience as a patient, carer and or user of health services.

We would particularly like to hear your views on the following aspects:

  • Is the proposed research important to patients, service users, carers or the health of the general population?
  • Are people likely to be willing to take part in the research?
  • Is the plain English summary of the funding application easy to understand? Could it be improved?
  • Are there any plans for patient and public involvement (PPI) in the research application?
  • Could you identify or suggest any areas for improvement of PPI in the research?
  • How might the researchers make sure the findings of the research reach the general population?

Your comments (without your name) will be used to provide feedback to researchers on how they can improve public and patient involvement in their research ideas.

Over time we hope to introduce public reviews into the overall scoring process.

Therefore, when you have completed your review, we would also like to ask you for feedback on how you found the process overall, or for any suggestions that you may have on how we can build on this review process into the future.

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

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