Emerging Investigator Awards for Health (EIA) 2022 (Next call expected in Q2/Q3 2023)

The Emerging Investigator Awards (EIA) scheme supports talented individuals who can make a valuable contribution to knowledge in health research and who are capable of becoming independent and self-directed investigators. The Health Research Board (HRB) is specifically seeking individuals who are passionate about the application of knowledge in improving healthcare systems, policies or practice.



The HRB hosted a webinar on Wednesday 09 June 2021, from 10:30 - 11:15. The webinar includes an overview of research scope, lead applicant eligibility and the application process for EIA 2022. 

Please click on the following link to view the recording:

EIA 2022 Webinar

Additional Information

The main objectives of this scheme are to:

  1. Support talented individuals at a critical career transition stage to establish themselves as independent health investigators in an academic or other research-based institution.
  2. Develop collaborative researchers who can facilitate actionable knowledge by: 
  • translating knowledge generated through research into the health care system, policies or practice, or  
  • generating research findings informed by policy and practice.

The call will be open to individuals currently working in health disciplines and those outside health who have an interest in moving into health research. It is open to individuals based in Ireland and also those not currently working in Ireland but who have the support of a HRB-approved host institution in Ireland.


Lead Applicants eligible for this scheme are postdoctoral researchers from different disciplines who are engaged in health-related research activities typically in academic or other research institutions.

Health and social care practitioners engaged in delivering clinical practice should apply to the Emerging Clinician Scientist Award scheme.

Lead applicants can:

  • hold a fixed term post-doctoral or other research based position of any duration;
  • be currently on a career break or working outside the academic setting;
  • be currently working overseas;

Lead Applicants must:

  • Have a PhD or have been granted PhD equivalence by the HRB (are proven to have at least four years of active research experience post-primary degree);
  • have at least four years active post PhD (or equivalent) research experience.  For the purpose of this call the official date of a PhD is defined as the year that the dissertation was successfully defended;
  • be able demonstrate they have the skills, knowledge and supports necessary to direct the proposed research and to carry the research through to completion

Lead Applicants must not

  • be as yet recognised as an independent investigator 
  • hold a permanent or fixed term faculty or other position with a contract having an end date equal to or higher than two years from the deadline of this call (19 August 2021). This restriction does not apply to post-docotoral researchers. Examples of individuals to whom this restriction applies are Lecturers or any other academic staff employed by Higher Institutions or other Research organisations.

All applications must be submitted using the HRB Grant Electronic Management System (GEMS) grants.hrb.ie. GEMS will close automatically at the submission deadline.

The Emerging Investigator Awards for Health scheme will use a two-stage application process consisting of:

  1. an open call for Pre-applications (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.



Dr Brian Nolan

Email:  bnolan(at)hrb.ie

Opening date
15:00 02-06-2021
Closing date
13:00 19-08-2021