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Our work

Health Research Charities Ireland (HRCI) is the national umbrella organisation of charities active in health and medical research, together representing over 1 million Irish patients. Through support and advocacy, we represent the joint interests of our 40 members, working to improve health and prevent illness through research.

Our key activities include:

Ensuring impactful health research through PPI

Positioned at the interface of science and society, HRCI and our members have a very important role to play in patient and public involvement (PPI). We support our members in involving their patient communities in their research decision-making and in linking patient and carers with researchers.

Facilitating research funding

HRCI operates a ‘Joint Funding Scheme’ in partnership with the Health Research Board (HRB) which, unlike any other scheme in Ireland, is open to all types of health research, for all conditions, including rare and neglected diseases. To date, 134 awards have been made, with approximately €13.5 million invested by the HRB and matched by charity funding.

Supporting our members

We assist our member organisations to maximise the benefits from their research activities. We facilitate a vibrant and supportive community, keep them up to date on developments and are there for them through every step of their research activities.

Improving the research landscape

By managing the Irish Health Research Forum (IHRF), a high-level collective of stakeholders working together to influence health research practice and policy in Ireland, we are actively helping to improve patient care through research.

Please see the ‘What we do’ pages on our work, along with our annual reports for more detail. 

2016 - 2019 HRCI highlights

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