Funding updates


Grant updates - November 2020

Find out about new funding calls, where your application is in the process and upcoming deadlines.

Applications in progress


Research projects have commenced for the four successful awards.

Definitive Interventions and Feasibility Awards (DIFA)

The DIFA ‘right to respond’ phase is complete, and panel review is underway. The DIFA full application panel meeting will take place in November. 

Fulbright-HRB Health Impact Awards 2021

The call closed in early November. Following the eligibility check the Fulbright Commission in Ireland will start reviewing the eligible applications.

National PPI Network

The National PPI Network proposal was recommended for funding to the HRB board, pre-contract negotiations will commence shortly.

HRB Impact Award

The HRB Impact Award panel met in mid-November. Their recommendation for the winning nomination will go to the HRB Board in December and the winner will be informed in early January, 2021. The winner will be formally announced at the HRB Grant Holders Conference in February.

Open calls

Collaborative Doctoral Awards in Patient-Focused Research 2021

This scheme provides up to €1.5m to fund up to three Programmes each supporting a cohort of four or five PhD candidates to be trained to doctoral level in patient-focused research. Each Collaborative Doctoral Award is developed and directed by a team of established investigators who train multidisciplinary cohorts of health practitioners and academics in different disciplines. The deadline for pre-applications is the 17 December 2020.

HRB Clinical Trials Network (CTN) 2021

HRB has launched a new national call for Clinical Trial Networks, which will focus on supporting activities of a number of established networks in Ireland, with the aim of developing and delivering a high-quality portfolio of investigator-led trials with relevance to health and social care needs in Ireland. The closing date is 1 December 2020. 

HRB Clinical Research Facilities/Centres (CRF/C) 2021

The aim of the HRB Clinical Research Facilities/Centres call is to support/upgrade national CRF/Cs to international standing, increase accessibility to trials for patients and healthy volunteers, and improve the supports available to investigators to drive an increase in investigator-led clinical trials. The closing date for applications is 19 January 2021. An applicant FAQ document is now available. 

Cancer Trials in Ireland 2021

The goal of this funding is to support the establishment of cancer trial delivery clusters and a National Cancer Clinical Trials Network to enable Irish cancer patients to access a diverse portfolio of high quality, safe and complaint cancer clinical trials. The closing date for applications is 15 January 2021.

Summer Student Scholarships 2021

The Summer Student Scholarships support undergraduate students in health or social care-related disciplines to complete short research projects during the summer. Summer Scholars will be paid €300 per week for a maximum of eight weeks. The deadline for application is the 21 January 2021.

SFI-HRB-Wellcome Biomedical Research Partnership

This is a rolling call. Check the scheme notice for full details.

US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership Programme

This is a rolling call. Check the scheme notice for full details.