Clinical Trials Networks 2014

Clinical Trials Networks will support thematic groups of clinicians and health researchers to jointly deliver on a common research agenda. This agenda must be addressed through multi-centre clinical trials. Awards will support the formation and development of network activities and the conduct of multi-centre clinical trials for a period of up to five years.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage
  • Senior career
Research area
  • Health services research
  • Patient-oriented and clinical research
  • Population health research
Funding available Up to €2.5 Million per award
Duration of funding Up to 60 months

Additional Information

The HRB is now inviting expressions of interest for Clinical Trials Networks. Clinical Trials Networks will support thematic groups of clinicians and health researchers to jointly deliver on a common research agenda. This agenda must be addressed through multi-centre clinical trials. Awards will fund the delivery of multi-centre clinical trials in selected health themes across Ireland. Trials must have high health, scientific, societal and economic impact. Awards aim to build a track record for the Clinical Trials Networks and make them more competitive in future calls by the HRB and other funders nationally and internationally. Clinical Trials Networks will support the formation and development of network activities and the delivery of research strategies for a period of up to five years.
Clinical Trials Networks must:
•    Impact on patient needs and/or healthcare
•    Be of high scientific merit, and demonstrate outstanding research quality and innovation, intellectual breadth and expertise
•    Exhibit active collaboration at a national level, with strong links and connections internationally
•    Be capable of working towards self-sustainability.

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The Clinical Trials Networks scheme is open to groups of clinicians and health researchers. Network Applicant Groups may be pre-existing groups or they may have assembled for the purpose of submitting a joint application to this call. Each Network Applicant Group has a Lead Applicant and Co-Applicants who assist the Lead Applicant with the leadership and management of the proposed Network. The number of Co-Applicants will depend on the scale and nature of the Clinical Trials Network.
Any Network Applicant Group must encompass the necessary depth in scientific expertise, geographic cover and access to relevant patient populations required for their specific thematic area. The scale and scope of the proposed network must be reflected in the Network Applicant Group.
The Lead Applicant and Co-Applicants must come from a variety of different centres. A Network Applicant Group requires investigators from three or more centres to be eligible to apply. The appropriate number of centres involved will depend on the thematic area and the scale and nature of the proposed Clinical Trials Network.

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All applications must be made using the HRB Grant Electronic Management System (GEMS) grants.hrb.ie. 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.
The Clinical Trials Networks scheme will use a two-stage application process:
•    Stage 1: Open call for pre-proposals
•    Stage 2: Invitation to selected applicants to submit full application.
Applicants invited to Stage 2 will receive a planning grant of €5,000 to support the development of a comprehensive and high-quality full application.

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Aoife Cahill
acahill(at)hrb.ie

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Opening date
Scheme first ran in 2014. Next round expected in 2019 - will be a 2-stage call
Closing date
14:00 08-09-2014
Next call expected
2019