Health Research Charities Ireland (HRCI) is an umbrella group of medical research and patient support charities, which represents the joint interests of charities specialising in restoring health through medical research, diagnosis and treatment and, where possible, the prevention of disease. It was established (as the Medical Research Charities Group, or MRCG) in 1996 with 6 founder members and has grown over the past 21 years to become an organisation which represents well over 1 million patients through 39 member organisations.
HRCI members are significant funders and contributors to the research landscape in Ireland. Charity spend on the HRCI/HRB Joint Funding Scheme spend is a small proportion of the overall charity outlay on research. As well as outlay on other research projects and schemes, members also make significant contributions to capacity building and facilitate the movement of new learnings from the lab to the clinic.
The HRCI works towards positioning ourselves and our members more accurately within the health research landscape and gaining the recognition and respect of a major player within medical research Ireland.
Health Research Charities Ireland is funded through the Pobal Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO), the Health Research Board, membership fees and levies.
Health Research Charities Ireland will provide a leading influence across the medical research community, promoting the full spectrum of high-quality scientific, clinical, paramedical and population group research. Health Research Charities Ireland believes that patient organizations should champion and stimulate the medical research critically needed by patients and their families. It will provide the intellectual and practical leadership to support and ensure the impact of charities in Ireland engaged in medical research.
HRCI’s mission is to nurture a vibrant, dynamic, patient-led medical research environment in Ireland. This will be achieved by a bottom-up, consensual approach, partnership with external organizations and international networks; advocacy to shape policy; communicating the value and profile of research; collaboration, information-sharing and learning; and by supporting members to be active contributors to medical research.
HRCI has identified four goals for achieving our mission:
• Make Ireland a world-class medical research environment
• Ensure the full funding of medical research
• Communicate the value of medical research
• Support members in increasing capacity to actively contribute to medical research.