Applied Partnership Awards (APA) 2022

The Applied Partnership Awards are designed to bring knowledge users and researchers together to develop research projects that address a specific need within the Irish health or social care system. Research findings will have a direct impact on decision-making in the knowledge user organisation.

This is a rolling call and as such there will be one round launched in 2022 with two separate closing dates and associated peer review cycles. The closing date for Cycle 1 is 27 April 2022. The closing date for Cycle 2 is 1 February 2023.

Additional Information

The Applied Partnership Awards scheme aims to support applied research projects in which researchers and knowledge users come together to advance timely and relevant research and optimise knowledge translation into policy and practice.

The award requires a joint application encompassing both researchers and knowledge users. It must be clear how the knowledge user will be integrated throughout the project. The outcome of the research should have a direct impact on decision-making in the knowledge user organisation.

The award will be for between 12 and 24 months. A minimum co-funding commitment of 20% of the total award amount requested from the HRB must be provided by the knowledge user organisation. This must be a cash contribution. A cash contribution of greater than 20%, or additional in-kind contributions, are also welcome and encouraged.


Applications should be made by a team of researchers and knowledge users.

Individuals in knowledge user organisations may be experienced researchers, but for this scheme, a lead applicant from a research group and a lead applicant from the knowledge user group are required.

Researchers should be at mid-stage or senior stage in their career. Experience in clinical research, population health research and/or health services research is essential.


This is a rolling call. Applications can be submitted at any time up to the second closing date. There are two distinct opportunities for peer review – see ‘Key dates’ section of the guidance notes. This enables researchers and knowledge users to develop collaborations and to submit their application at the time that best suits them.  

All applications must be made using the HRB Grant Electronic Management System (GEMS) GEMS will close automatically at the deadline.

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.


Ailbhe Lamont
Email: alamont(at)

Opening date
17:00 17-01-2022
Closing date
12:00 01-02-2023