Collaborative Doctoral Awards in Patient-focused Research (CDA) 2019 (Next call in Q4 2020)

The Collaborative Doctoral Awards in Patient-focused Research (CDA) aims to train to doctoral level multidisciplinary cohorts of both health and social care professionals and health-related researchers in different disciplines (e.g. health economics, bioinformatics, biostatistics, epidemiology, etc.) as relevant to the objectives of the call and the overarching thematic area of the overall programme. Each Collaborative Doctoral Award will provide support to the training and the research projects of a cohort of three to five trainees.


Scheme at a glance

Career stage
  • Senior career
Research area
  • Patient-oriented and clinical research
Funding available up to €1.5m per award
Duration of funding Up to 60 months

Additional Information

The main objectives of this scheme are to:

  1. To provide individuals with research and professional expertise, competencies and experience to embark in different career roles in the health sector
  2. To build capacity among health care professionals and other health-related disciplines by increasing the number of highly skilled researchers who will lead and support patient-focused research and/or translate the findings for a greater impact on patient health
  3. To attract and train people currently working in a healthcare setting to doctoral level, resulting in better integration between research and health care, improved quality of care and outcomes and a more attractive work environment
  4. To increase and/or strengthen cross-sectoral and cross disciplinary collaborations among investigators, experts and stakeholders aimed to address important health challenges at national and/or international level in the context of patient-focused research




Applications to host a CDA should be made by a newly formed or existing consortium which must involve collaborations among health researchers, health and social care professionals and/or innovators and/or other experts (the Partners) in order to combine the best resources, knowledge and expertise and provide research and professional training as well as guidance, supervision and mentoring during the research projects.

The Lead Applicant is the Programme Director of the consortium who

  • Must be an established investigator/senior researcher who may be a health and social care professional (with a joint or full academic appointment) or a health research Investigator
  • Must have a strong track record in patient-focused research demonstrated by his/her contribution to knowledge, research outputs and expertise in accelerating the transfer and application of research evidence into real-world applications.
  • Must have a clear strategic vision of the research programme
  • Must have strong collaborative and networking expertise
  • Must have a strong track record in supervising and mentoring early-stage researchers (R1 stage) and experienced/mid-stage researchers (R2 stage).



All applications must be made using the HRB Grant Electronic Management System (GEMS) GEMS will close automatically at the deadline. The Collaborative Doctoral Awards in Patient-focused Research scheme will use a two-stage application process consisting of:

  1. Open call for Pre-application stage (Stage 1)
  2. Invitation of selected applicants to submit a Full Application (Stage 2).

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, e: acostello(at)


Opening date
15:00 01-10-2018
Closing date
13:00 10-01-2019
Invitation to full application: End of February 2019
October 2019
Decision expected
November 2019