Investigator-Led Projects

Investigator-Led Projects aim to create new knowledge that, over time, will help to address major health challenges in society and have an impact on tomorrow’s healthcare. Projects should be cutting-edge, add to the knowledge base internationally, and focus on important, timely research questions where the answers are of interest to an international audience.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage
  • Mid career
  • Senior career
Research area
  • Health services research
  • Patient-oriented and clinical research
  • Population health research
Funding available Up to €370,000
Duration of funding 24 – 48 months

Additional Information

The Investigator-Led Projects scheme aims to support highly innovative and internationally competitive investigator-led projects driven by a vision for improvements in human health and wellbeing.



The Lead Applicant must demonstrate that they have the skills, knowledge and supports necessary to direct the proposed research and to be actively engaged in carrying the research through to completion. Generally this means that the Lead Applicant will:

  1.  Show appropriate evidence of expertise matched to the nature and context of the project;
  2. Show evidence of achievement as an independent researcher in  their chosen research field
  3. Show evidence that they possess the capability and authority to mentor, manage and supervise less experienced researchers and to manage relationships with co-applicants, collaborators and the host institution.

Lead Applicants must demonstrate clearly that their research team contains the necessary breadth and depth of expertise in all the methodological areas required in the development and delivery of the proposed project.
Only one application per Lead Applicant to this scheme will be considered.


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 Susan Quinn

Project Officer

Pre-Award Team

Health Research Board

e squinn(at)

t +353 1 2345 139

Opening date
11:00 25-08-2016
Closing date
13:00 30-10-2016
Decision expected
July 2017
Next call expected
August 2018