Key facts about the HRB

Find out about our organisation at a glance

Name: Health Research Board

Affiliation: State Agency under the Department of Health

Budget: €45 million annually, and we manage an investment portfolio of approximately €200 million.

Purpose: Support and fund health research and provide evidence to inform policy and practice.

Main business areas:

  • Funding research proposals and managing grants
  • Conducting evidence reviews to underpin decision making in health
  • Managing data collections in the areas of alcohol and drug treatment and deaths, disability and psychiatric admissions and discharges.

Staff: 75

Chief Executive: Dr Mairéad O'Driscoll

Chair: Awaiting appointment (December 2020)

Vision: Better health through excellent research, data and evidence

Mission: To support research that improves people’s health, promotes evidence-informed care and creates solutions to societal challenges 

We want the research that we fund and the work that we do to: -

  • deliver real benefits for people's health 
  • transform the way healthcare is delivered 
  • provide information and evidence that informs decisions about health care
  • advance health research and data infrastructure
  • promote excellent training in health research
  • generate economic returns through healthcare innovation and economic development.