HRB Postdoctoral Fellowships - Applying Research into Policy and Practice (ARPP) 2020 (Next call expected in January 2023)

The overarching aim of the HRB Postdoctoral Fellowships - Applying Research into Policy & Practice (ARPP) scheme is to develop talented and skilled health researchers during the postdoctoral stage of their research career.

It particularly emphasises the ability to apply research evidence in improved healthcare and health policy, in order to reduce the gap between research findings, health policy and/or clinical practice. Projects can be in the areas of clinical research, population health research and/or health services research.

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Additional Information

The ARPP call focuses on applied health research in areas of strategic importance at local, national or international level (as opposed to focusing on investigator-led research). The case for the selection of a particular research topic will need to be justified by demonstrating:

  1. A need (e.g. reference to the 2017 Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Health Care report, strategies for specific disease or policy areas, etc.)
  2. The ability to bring together a team that has the potential to influence policy and/or practice in this area.

The ‘in-practice’ arm of the ARPP 2018 call has been removed from the ARPP 2020 call. This arm has been developed as a seperate Clinician Scientist Posdoctoral Fellowship (CSF 2020) scheme which is due to launch 19 August 2019.

The ‘academic’ arm of the 2018 ARPP fellowships now makes up the entirety of the ARPP 2020 call and will support health-related researchers, including healthcare professionals, in full-time academic positions. The fellowship will support individuals typically for up to three years full time. Part-time arrangements can be requested; these may have a duration of up to five years.



All applications must be made using the HRB Grant Electronic Management System (GEMS) 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.



Dr Anne Costello 
Project Officer, Pre Award
Email: acostello(at)
Tel: +353 1 234 5157

Opening date
13:00 19-08-2019
Closing date
13:00 24-10-2019
Early May
Last week of May
Decision expected
End of June 2020
Next call expected