Applying Research into Policy & Practice (ARPP) Postdoctoral Fellowships 2020

Next Call is expected in Q2 2019

The overarching aim of the Applying Research into Policy & Practice (ARPP) Postdoctoral Fellowships is to develop talented and skilled health researchers at mid-stage in their research career. It emphasises the ability to apply research evidence in improved healthcare and health policy, in order to reduce the gap between research findings and health policy and/or clinical practice. Projects can be in the areas of clinical research, population health research and/or health services research.
The scheme has two arms:

  1. In practice – supporting in-practice healthcare and health policy professionals who are currently working in the management or delivery of health and social care services.
  2. Academic – supporting health researchers who are usually in academic positions.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage
  • Mid career
Research area
  • Health services research
  • Patient-oriented and clinical research
  • Population health research
Funding available Average €250,000 per award
Duration of funding Up to 60 months

Additional Information

The ARPP call focuses on applied health research in areas of strategic importance at local, national or international level (as opposed to focusing on investigator-led research). The case for the selection of a particular research topic will need to be justified by demonstrating:
1) A need (e.g. reference to the 2017 Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Health Care report, strategies for specific disease or policy areas, etc.)
2) The ability to bring together a team that has the potential to influence policy and/or practice in this area.


The ‘in-practice’ arm of the fellowship scheme is open to individuals who are currently working in the management or delivery of health and social care services in Ireland. This scheme is about enabling fellows to remain in service while at the same time conducting research. It will provide protected and mentored research time (40–60% Full Time Equivalent) for up to five years.

The ‘academic’ arm of the fellowship will support health-related researchers, including healthcare professionals, in full-time academic positions. The fellowship will support individuals typically for up to three years full time. Part-time arrangements can be requested; these may have a duration of up to five years.



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.



Anne Costello
Email: acostello(at)

Opening date
Next Call is expected in Q2 2019
Next call expected
Q2 2019