Secondary Data Analysis Projects (SDAP 2019)

The Secondary Data Analysis Projects are designed to bring together researchers, data controllers and knowledge users to develop research projects that answer policy and/or practice-relevant questions through the use of secondary data.


Scheme at a glance

Career stage
  • Mid career
  • Senior career
Research area
  • Basic research
  • Health services research
  • Patient-oriented and clinical research
  • Population health research
Funding available Up to €250,000 per award
Duration of funding 12–24 months (36 months with the development of a tool)

Additional Information

The award supports research projects in clinical research, population health research and/or health services research where the findings from the research will have direct relevance to policy and/or practice in the Irish health and social care system.

This should involve close collaboration of researchers with non-academic stakeholders (policy makers and data controllers). Proposals must include at least one existing Irish or International dataset in order to be eligible for this call. Applications may be related to, but must be distinct from, the specific aims of the original data collection.

The award will be for between 12 and 24 months. 36 months can be requested where the application includes the development of a tool to make data sets accessible and/or more widely available (e.g. through the creation of a published data dictionary or the development of models that may be used more widely).


The workshop is now full to capacity. If you are interested in attending we will add your name to a reserve list.

The HRB will host a workshop on Tuesday 15 January at 11.00-13.00 at the HRB office for perspective applicants and research office representatives. Individuals must confirm attendance to slord(at)  by 5pm on the 9th January 2018.


Applications should be made by a team of team made up of researchers, data controllers/processors and knowledge users.


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.


Sara Lord         
Email: slord(at)
Tel: +353 1 234 5205

Opening date
13:00 07-01-2019
Closing date
13:00 25-03-2019
Decision expected
September 2019