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Grant updates - September 2021

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

Calendar dates

Applications in Progress

Structured PhD Programme in Population Health and Health Services Research (PHHSR) 2022

This is a targeted funding initiative to support a Structured PhD Programme in Population Health and Health Services Research (PHHSR). The SPHeRE Co-directors are currently coordinating and leading an application for a new programme. Please contact the SPHeRE Programme Manager Elaine Healy for further information: The deadline for submission of the application has been revised to 11 Oct 2021.

Investigator-Led Projects (ILP) 2022

This call closed for applications on the 13 September 2021. We received 120 applications and HRB staff are completing eligibility checks.

Emerging Investigator Awards for Health (EIA) 2022 

42 eligible pre-applications are currently under review by an international and applicants will receive notification of the panel review outcome in mid-October 2021. A selected number of Lead Applicants will be invited to full application stage.

Secondary Data Analysis Projects (SDAP) 2021

Following international Peer and Public review, 29 applications were shortlisted and invited to submit a response to reviewer comments. Applications are now undergoing Stage 2 international Panel review in advance of the Panel review meeting on 1 October 2021. The final outcome is expected to be communicated to all applicants in mid October 2021.

ERA-NET TRANSCAN-3 Joint Transnational Call for Proposals (2021)

Pre-proposals from successful consortia are currently undergoing evaluation.

JPI ERA-Net-HDHL Call for Joint Transnational Research Proposals (2021)

Full proposals from successful consortia are currently undergoing evaluation.

ERA-NET JPIAMR-ACTION Call for Joint Transnational Research Proposals (2021)

Full-proposals from successful consortia are currently undergoing evaluation.

ERA-NET NEURON Joint Transnational Call for Proposals (2021)

Full-proposals from successful consortia are currently undergoing evaluation.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards in Patient-Focused Research (CDA) 2021

Eight applications invited to full application stage are currently undergoing international panel review. The interview Panel meeting is scheduled for the end of October and the outcome will be notified after the Board meeting in mid-November.

Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety 2021 (RCQPS)

Full proposal submissions were received by deadline of 8 September 2021, and are currently undergoing peer review.

Open Calls

US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership Programme

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

EU4Health: tenders now open

The first wave of tenders was announced in August and is now open for submission. Please refer to the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) (eTendering ( to find the related information.  The submission deadline for these tenders is the 29th Oct 2021. The tenders include preparatory actions to support the establishment of the new Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA). For more information on EU4Health, please visit here (EU4Health Programme).

Upcoming Calls

National Integrated PhD Programme for Medical Practitioners 2022

This is a targeted funding initiative to support a structured national PhD programme to enable integrated clinical and research training for medical practitioners. Building on the existing HRB-Wellcome-funded Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) programme, the HRB will invite the  current ICAT Co-directors to lead an application, on behalf of key stakeholders and partners, to seek funding for a further phase of investment from the HRB. In support of the HRB Health Research Career Framework and building on international best practice, the aim of this investment is to continue supporting a diverse, multidisciplinary, collaborative, all-Ireland, integrated clinical academic programme. The application process will open in early October and the application will be subject to international panel review and feedback.

HRB Postdoctoral Internship Programme 2021

The HRB Post-doctoral Internship Programme aims to provide early career researchers with a recent PhD or MSc the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working in a state agency, alongside experienced research management professionals. Successful applicants to this Programme, referred to as post-doctoral interns, will be awarded a ‘non-research grant’ and the internship will run for 24 months. Post-doctoral Interns will be the grant holders of these grants and will be employees of their Host Institution(HI), which will administer the award. Their regular place of work will be at the HRB. To apply to this Programme applicants must have the support of a HRB approved HI and an institutional sponsor. The sponsor must be an independent investigator at the HI and must be authorised to set up and manage grants. The call will open on 6 October and will close on 28 October at 15.00. For further information please visit this link.


The second wave of calls for proposals are due to be launched on the 14th Oct 2021 with a deadline of 25th Jan 2022. There are 17 calls to be launched, 10 of which are cancer related actions. Please see EU4Health Programme    for further details.

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe (2021-2027) is the EU's next funding programme for research and innovation. Cluster 1, 2021 Health calls closed on 21 September 2021. The 2022 calls (Single and two-stage calls) will open on 6th October with a closing date of 21st April2022 for single stage calls and a closing date of 1st February2022 for the first stage of 2-stage calls. Details of these calls are available on the funding and tenders portal.

Examples of calls are:
Better financing models for health systems, Pre-clinical development of the next generation of immunotherapies for diseases or disorders with unmet medical needs, Development of new effective therapies for rare diseases, developing the next generation of vaccines, Boosting mental health in Europe in times of change and Prevention of obesity throughout the life course to highlight a few. 

The Work Programme is available here in PDF. For queries, please contact the Health NCP at the HRB, Kay Duggan-Walls, Here are recordings from the Health Information Day organised by the European Commission on 2 July. An information day and brokerage event will be held in October for 2022 call. Details to follow.

Please note: Public bodies, higher education establishments and research organisations must have a gender equality plan in place for calls with deadlines in 2022 and beyond.

HRCI/HRB Joint Funding Scheme 2022

This scheme funds internationally competitive and innovative research in areas of strategic relevance to HRCI-registered research charities. Those interested in this scheme should contact HRCI for further information. Participating charity calls are now open and listed on the HRCI Open Calls page . Applicants should contact the relevant charity for their specific call details and deadlines for submission for charity endorsement. Further information and instructions for both charities and applicants can be found on the HRB grants page. 

SFI-HRB-Wellcome Research Partnership

To support their new strategy, Wellcome is changing the way they support scientific research. A new range of discovery research funding schemes has been launched and these will open for applications in late summer 2021.All current Wellcome funding schemes will close during 2021. Please check relevant scheme pages for final application deadlines. 

Dorothy Programme 2022

Over €5.5 million will be invested to support twenty-five, three-year postdoctoral fellowships which will allow researchers to work in both overseas and Irish research institutions for eighteen months, respectively. The programme will be led by the Irish Research Council, in partnership with the Health Research Board and the Environmental Protection Agency. The call will open in October 2021. Fellowships are expected to begin in June/July 2022. For more information, contact the Irish Research Council by email to