HRB Impact Award 2019

The award will recognise a researcher or health professional working in any health-related discipline who at any time during their career, has made, or is making, an outstanding contribution to research that has had a significant impact on people’s health or on health policy or practice.
Research impact has been defined as ‘an identifiable benefit or positive influence on society, public policy, quality of life and/or the economy’.

  • For the purposes of this award we will be looking specifically at the impact of health research in relation to people’s health, patient care (practice) and health policy.

This award will help increase recognition of the value of integrating health research into practice and policy to create a lasting impact on people’s health. It should also provide an opportunity to showcase Ireland’s position as a leader in health research internationally.

Scheme at a glance

EU co-funded
  • All
Career stage
  • Early career
  • Mid career
  • Senior career
Research area
  • Basic research
  • Health services research
  • Patient-oriented and clinical research
  • Population health research
Funding available €50,000
Duration of funding Once off payment

Additional Information

Award Details:

  • One HRB Impact Award will be conferred each HRB strategy cycle (five years).
  • The award will include a monetary prize of €50,000 which will be granted to the individual’s chosen Host Institution in support of their work.
  • The award winner will receive support to attend the HRB Grant Holder’s Conference 2019 in Athlone on 7-8 February 2019. The winner will be invited to talk about the impact of their work on people’s health or on health policy and practice today.
  • An award letter will be issued upon notification of award which will outline the use of funding and state the requirement for an annual report detailing any impact of award, activities funded by award and spends.
  • The winners will also be profiled in HRB media and online communications.

Award Objectives:

  • Enhance recognition of the value of health research and the HRB's role nationally and internationally.
  • Promote the impact of health research, information and evidence for patient care and health service delivery.
  • Build and sustain strong relationships with all HRB stakeholders to enhance engagement and effect positive change in relation to health research.
  • Position Ireland as a leader in health research.
  • Nominees will have made a tangible, lasting impact on people’s health or on health policy or practice within the last 10 years.
  • Nominees must be a Principal Investigator who received funding from the HRB, or someone employed on a HRB-funded award who made a significant contribution to the work. This may have been at any time during their career, but it must be directly linked to the research that resulted in the impact on people’s health or on health policy or practice for which they are receiving the award.
  • Nominees must be working/have worked on the island of Ireland when pursuing the research related to the nomination.
  • Current HRB staff or Board members may not be nominated.

All applications must to be submitted through the online application system, GEMS (

  • Nominees for the award may not nominate themselves. All nominations must be made by the head of a college, school or research institute; by the head of research and development; or by the secretary of a professional body.
  • Persons submitting more than one nomination should ensure that at least one nomination from the underrepresented gender is included.
  • Applications should be concise and clear, written in plain English and should avoid the use of acronyms, jargon or overly-technical language.
  • Each nominee must agree to be nominated and will be required to complete a form as part of the nomination process.
  • A letter of support from a person who has had personal/professional experience of the impact of the nominee’s work on people’s health or on health policy or practice is required.

Please see Award Guidelines for all details required in the application.

No applications received after the deadline will be considered.



Tonya Moloney


Tel: +353 1 2345256

Opening date
11:00 16-08-2018
Closing date
13:00 12-10-2018
Decision expected
December 2018