Clinician Scientist Postdoctoral Fellowships (CSF) 2020

This scheme will target health and care practitioners from various professional backgrounds who have completed their PhD degree and who are currently (or will at the time of the award be) engaged in delivering clinical care. At this stage of their research career, individuals aim to increase the breadth of research knowledge, skills, methodologies and capabilities as well as establishing strong cross-border collaborations and networks.

Each fellowship will provide backfill funding for 50% FTE of the awardee for protected research time and funding for the research-related costs of a research project. Each award will have a duration of four to five years. The HRB envisages making eight to ten awards.

The scheme mirrors the HRB postdoctoral fellowships scheme ‘Applying Research into Policy & Practice’, which is aimed at building capacity at an equivalent career stage mainly among academic-based health researchers.

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Scheme at a glance

Career stage
  • Mid career
Research area
  • Health services research
  • Patient-oriented and clinical research
  • Population health research
Funding available Salary-related costs and up to €50K for research-related costs (inclusive also of training and travel grant)
Duration of funding 48-56 months

Additional Information

The main objectives are:

  1. To increase the capability of health and care practitioners in health research at postdoctoral level;
  2. To support health and social care practitioners to consolidate their research skills and expertise after their PhD and to progressively develop themselves as more independent clinician scientists;
  3. To promote research projects with inter-sectoral collaborations (academic and health-related organisations or others) as well as cross-disciplinary and team-based approaches as relevant to the research question to be addressed;
  4. To provide fellows with direct experience in the conduct of health research projects that reduce the gap between research findings and clinical practice and/or health policy, and which ultimately impact on health outcomes.


The call focuses on applied health research in areas of importance at local, national or international level (as opposed to fully investigator-led research). Research projects should have a strong potential to make research findings applicable and transferable into improved healthcare and policy. Eligible area of research are clinical, population health and health services research.  

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The scheme is open to health and care practitioners from various professional backgrounds who have are currently (or will be at the time of the award) engaged in delivering clinical care. At this stage of their research career individuals aim to increase the breadth of research knowledge, skills, methodologies and capabilities as well as establishing strong cross-border collaborations and networks. 

A Lead Applicant must:

  • Have a PhD or equivalent;
    • PhD Equivalence is defined as having a minimum of four years active research experience post-primary degree. You must call the HRB office to confirm your eligibility before applying;
  • Have completed his/her professional training (medics need to have completed their general training and may be at specialist registrar level);
  • Hold (or will hold at the time of the award being made) 
    1. a clinical post in the Irish health service which covers or will cover the duration of the award if successful (e.g. specialist registrar, hospital consultant, nurse practitioner, physiotherapist, private dentist practice); OR
    2. a clinical post in a private practice (e.g. General Practitioners, private physiotherapy practice); OR
    3. a joint academic teaching and education position without a research element within a Higher Education Institution and the Irish Health Services;
  • Only apply to one HRB postdoctoral fellowship scheme (ARPP or CSF).

Please see Guidance Notes for full details on eligibility criteria

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Applications must be completed and submitted through the HRB online Grant E-Management System (GEMS) (https://grants.hrb.ie).

The Clinician Scientist Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme will use a one-stage application process consisting of a full application followed by international peer-review and panel interview.

  • GEMS will close the full application form for this scheme automatically at 13.00 on 07 November 2019.

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. 

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Dr Anne Costello 
Project Officer, Pre Award
Email: acostello(at)hrb.ie
Tel: +353 1 234 5157
 

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Opening date
13:00 19-08-2019
Closing date
13:00 07-11-2019
Shortlisting
Early May
Interviewing
First week of June
Decision expected
End of June 2020
Next call expected
2021