Emerging Investigator Awards (next call is expected in Q1/Q2 2021)

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.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage
  • Mid career
Research area
  • Health services research
  • Patient-oriented and clinical research
  • Population health research
Funding available Average €600,000-700,000 and up to €800,000 per award
Duration of funding Up to 48 months

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 experts who can drive 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 disciplines outside health who have an interest in moving into health research. It is also open to individuals not currently working in Ireland but who have the support of a HRB-approved host institution in Ireland.


Lead Applicants may be:

  1. Academic health-related researchers
  2. Professionals in a health-related role in planning and/or delivering healthcare services or policy.

A Lead Applicant must:

  • Have a PhD or equivalent experience (at least four years’ active research experience following completion of a Master’s degree);
  • at least four years active post PhD (or equivalent) research experience is they are health-related researchers and at least four years active post-PhD research and/or other relevant professional  experience if they are professionals. For the purpose of this call the official date of a PhD is defined as the year that the dissertation was successfully defended;
  • Lead Applicants must be able demonstrate they have the skills, knowledge and supports necessary to direct the proposed research and to carry the research through to completion by showing.
  • Lead Applicants must not be already independent investigators and/or holding a permanent or a fixed term academic positions with contract having an end date equal to or higher than two years from the deadline of this call (30 August 2018).

All applications must be made using the HRB Grant Electronic Management System (GEMS) grants.hrb.ie. GEMS will close automatically at the deadline. The Emerging Investigator Awards for Health 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.

Workshop on the scheme

The HRB will host a workshop on Monday 28 May at 14.00-16.00 at the HRB office for perspective applicants and research office representatives. Individuals must confirm attendance to EIAworkshop(at)hrb.ie


Dr Anne Costello

Email:  acostello(at)hrb.ie