Patient Safety Research Network (PSRN) 2023

This call aims to bring together all relevant stakeholders to promote and advance patient safety research in Ireland. The network will provide a forum to debate and determine research priorities, support development of a critical mass of research activity, and increase Irelands capacity and capability to conduct and translate high quality, internationally relevant patient safety research.

A key objective is to embed patient safety research and evidence at the core of the health services.

The Patient Safety Research Network should connect all key stakeholder institutions, centres of excellence, professional bodies and their representative researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and other knowledge users with an interest/stake in patient safety research. As a network it should build a sense of community and ‘connect the dots’ nationally. It should position Ireland to engage internationally to ensure it is at the forefront of best international practice when it comes to patient safety research and its application in practice. 

A Patient Safety Research Network (PSRN) should facilitate sharing of tools and resources and advance discussions on methodologies. It should support education, awareness and training activities in patient safety research and increase grant applications to existing funding opportunities.

Additional Information

The HRB will provide funding up to a maximum of €625k (inclusive of overheads) over 60 months for a Patient Safety Research Network (PSRN) which much be at least matched by a co-funding commitment (cash contribution) from the Lead applicant team (see section 5.1). A single award will be funded, quality permitting. 

Examples of the types of activities that might be undertaken by a network to deliver on objectives include:

  • Strategic: identifying evidence gaps, mapping exercises, research prioritisation, developing a research strategy, considering appropriate actions, projects, or initiatives to be delivered or supported by the network.
  • Training and Capacity building: establishment of working groups to consider training needs and to advance methodological issues, as well as facilitating other training opportunities – exchange, placements, workshops.
  • Barriers and Enablers: examining some of the barriers to patient safety research and potential solutions e.g., regulatory issues, other practical challenges. Identifying existing resources and opportunities for economy of scale, e.g., existing training programmes, methodology expertise, datasets.
  • Networking and Collaboration: Activities could include compiling a database of interested researchers and knowledge users, holding networking and matchmaking events, research to policy/practice fora, or theme specific workshops to bring interested parties together.
  • Communications, Outreach, and Dissemination: providing a fit for purpose and up-to-date website with relevant resources and supporting all other forms of communication including social media and targeted outreach.

The Lead Knowledge User Organisation for this Network is the HSE National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate (NQPSD).

Partnering with the lead KU organisation is a requirement for applying to this scheme. All interested applicants should contact the Lead Knowledge User Organisation to express their interest in participating in a potential application (

Applications should be made on behalf of a team of researchers and knowledge users and including a broad range of co-applicants, collaborators, and PPI contributors. The team will be led by a Lead Applicant, and a Lead Knowledge User (NQPSD) and must encompass the necessary depth in scientific, policy and practice expertise, disciplines, methodologies, and geographic cover.
The applicant team must demonstrate clearly that the appropriate and relevant partners are involved in order to achieve the objectives set out in the proposal and in a manner that aligns well with the planned activities.

Co-applicants and collaborators from outside the Republic of Ireland are welcome where their participation clearly adds value to the proposal.


All interested applicants should contact the Lead Knowledge User Organisation to express their interest in participating in a potential application (

Applications must be made using the HRB Grant Electronic Management System (GEMS) (, and this system 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.


Catherine Gill
Programme Manager
E. cgill(at)

Opening date
13:00 14-03-2023
Closing date
13:00 31-05-2023

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