Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety 2021 (RCQPS)

The RCQPS Awards support high quality research projects where knowledge users and academic researchers collaborate to focus on QPS research questions that are determined by the documented evidence needs of the Irish health care system.

As well as facilitating high quality QPS research of issues of national priority, RCQPS Awards aim to enhance collaboration between healthcare and research communities and ensure that research findings have a strong potential to be implemented after the end of grant. 

Additional Information

RCQPS asks applicants to focus their proposed research questions on themes of national priority in the area of QPS. In 2021 applications are invited under the following theme.

Using a Quality Improvement approach to design novel interventions, systems or processes to deliver care based on the needs that have arisen from the direct or indirect impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in Irish health and social care at one of the following levels:

  •  service delivery level (e.g. older persons and frailty)
  •  healthcare organisation level (e.g. Patient and public involvement, staff wellbeing, trust and autonomy of teams)
  • population level (e.g. mental health, children’s development, public health)

This scheme supports research projects of up to 24 months’ duration where the findings from the research will have a direct impact on the decision making of the knowledge user’s organisation/s. The research question should fit with the QPS theme identified and be relevant to national health priorities. In your application you are asked to demonstrate how you intend to use Quality Improvement and Patient Safety science and methodologies in your research, and applications that use methodologies considered novel for the area of QPS are particularly welcome.


Applications should be made on behalf of a team which is made up of researchers and knowledge users. The applicant team should designate a Lead Applicant from the research team and the knowledge user team.


Submission deadline for 2021 pre-applications is 10 June 2021. Proposals should be sent electronically to RCQPS at rcqps(at) no later than 12pm. It is the responsibility of all applicants to ensure that all sections of the pre-application form are completed appropriately. 


For further information on the RCQPS Awards contact:


Ms Nyasha Makawa

RCQPS Research Coordinator

Email: rcqps(at)

Opening date
13:00 04-05-2021
Closing date
12:00 10-06-2021
Decision expected
December 2021