HRB Policy on Approval of Host Institutions


A HRB Host Institution is a research performing organisation that is approved by the HRB for the purpose of receiving and administering HRB grant funding and is responsible for compliance with all general and specific terms and conditions of awards.  HRB Host Institution status is a requirement to submit an application under all of the HRB’s award schemes.


The policy of the Health Research Board is that an approved Host Institution for the purpose of administering HRB research awards must be a legal entity which fulfils the responsibilities of “Host Institution” as set out in the HRB General Terms and Conditions for research awards.

The following research performing organisations are HRB Host Institutions

  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Dental University Hospital 
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Economic and Social Research Institute
  • Health Information and Quality Authority 
  • Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Institute of Technology Sligo
  • Irish College of General Practitioners
  • Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Mary Immaculate College
  • National Cancer Registry Ireland
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Maynooth University)
  • Royal College of Physicians Ireland
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • St John of Gods Research Foundation
  • Teagasc
  • Technological University Dublin
  • The University of Dublin (Trinity College Dublin)
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • Waterford Institute of Technology

Other research performing organisations seeking HRB Host Institution Status must satisfy all of the following conditions:

  1. The organisation must be a legal entity
  2. The organisation must demonstrate financial soundness
  3. The organisation must warrant that it can comply in full with the HRB General Terms and Conditions
  4. The organisation must be able to demonstrate a capability to manage heath related research awards and possess an existing in-house capacity to carry out research that materially extends and enhances the Irish research base.

All organisations wishing to apply should contact Hostinstitutions(at) to request an application form.

Following submission of the HRB Host Institution Application Form, staff at the HRB will assess if the organisation meets the criteria set out in the Policy.

Once HRB Host Institution status has been granted, it will last for a period of 5 years. The approval status of Host Institutions may be the subject of periodic review. If the status of a Host Institution changes during this period the Host Institutions eligibility to apply to our schemes will require re-consideration.

If an application is unsuccessful, HRB will provide feedback and an opportunity to re-apply will be available.