Research Leader Awards 2020

This initiative will support established health investigators, working in an academic setting (including health practitioners with joint appointments), who are in the process of transitioning to research leadership. RL 2020 will enable the delivery of internationally competitive research programmes which will contribute to closing the translational gap between the generation of research evidence and real world, positive health impacts through strong partnerships between academia and the health sector.

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Scheme at a glance

Career stage
  • Senior career
Research area
  • Health services research
  • Patient-oriented and clinical research
  • Population health research
Funding available Up to €1.15M exclusive of overheads per award
Duration of funding 60 months

Additional Information

Each RL award will buy out 50% of the academic non-research time of the Lead Applicant. This time will be protected for research with the expectation that award holders will spend up to 70-80% of their time on research through co-funding from other sources. The award will also fund research-related costs. The budget for each award will be a maximum value of €1.15M exclusive of overheads. An overhead contribution based on the full award will be calculated at award stage. The Health Research Board envisages that up to 5 awards will be made in this round.

The objectives of the Research Leader Awards are:

  1. To develop research leadership and health innovation in academia by providing protected research time to established health investigators with a strong track record in applying research into health policy and/or health delivery and/or clinical practice;
  2. To support internationally competitive research programmes addressing health challenges in areas of strategic importance for national health policy and/or health delivery and/or clinical practice;
  3. To better integrate research findings into health policy and/or clinical practice
  4. To strengthen research partnerships and collaborations between academic researchers with health practitioners, health decision-makers, knowledge users, industry and other relevant stakeholders;
  5. To establish a critical mass of research leaders who will act as role models and mentors to the next generation of researchers increasing future capability nationally and globally in translating and implementing health research into policy and practice in Ireland.
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The Lead Applicant must be an established investigator who is on an upward trajectory to becoming a leader in health research but is not, as yet, recognised as a leader. They should be able to demonstrate that the skills and experience match those of the transition to research leadership career stage.

Please see Guidance Notes for full details on eligibility criteria

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All applications must be made using the HRB Grant Electronic Management System (GEMS) grants.hrb.ie GEMS will close automatically at the set date and time of the deadline.

The Research Leader Awards scheme will use a two-stage application process consisting of:

  1. Open call for Pre-application stage (Stage 1)
  2.  Invitation of selected applicants to submit a Full Application (Stage 2).

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.

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Dr Anne Costello
Project Officer, Pre-Award    
Email: acostello(at)hrb.ie
Tel: +353 1 234 5 157

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Opening date
11:00 04-03-2019
Closing date
13:00 09-05-2019
Shortlisting
End of June
Interviewing
January 2020
Decision expected
February 2020
Next call expected
2021