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The 2021/22 round of the HRCI/HRB Joint Funding Scheme has now opened. We encourage interested researchers to contact our member charities directly with any queries they may have.

As charities open their calls, this page will be updated so don’t forget to bookmark and check back regularly!

DEBRA Ireland

Opening Date: 1st September 2021 

Closing Date: 13th October 2021 

Level of funding: Funding up to €300,000 (€100,000 p.a.) 

Duration of Funding: 12 to 36 months 

Focus of the call: We will prioritise applications that will contribute to knowledge of the causes, diagnosis and treatment for Dystrophic EB, Junctional EB, EB Simplex based on the following areas: wound healing, pain, gene therapy, medical devices. 

For more information or to submit interest in applying, please contact Sarah Mullins: sarah@debraireland.org 

Fighting Blindness 

Opening date: 13th July 2021

Closing date for EOI applications: 5pm, Monday 23rd August 2021

Level of funding available: €300,000 total

Duration of project: 36 months. However, projects up to 12 months will also be considered.

Focus of the call: Fighting Blindness is committed to the development of therapies that are accessible to all patients affected by sight loss and the wide spectrum of retinal degenerative disease through the pursuit and enablement of scientific medical research.

For this co-funding scheme, we are inviting original, internationally-competitive proposals that are relevant to the research priorities of Fighting Blindness and align with one or more of the following research areas:

Diagnostics /Therapeutics/ Elucidating molecular mechanisms and/or protective pathways in retinal degenerations / Understanding genetic modifiers of retinal disease severity and progression

Cross-disciplinary collaborations that address a clinical need or current knowledge gaps are encouraged. Where applicable, projects must demonstrate a clear translational path to potential intervention.

Charity contact: Dr Niamh O’Driscoll niamh.odriscoll@fightingblindness.ie

Central Remedial Clinic

Opening date: 1st September 2021

Closing date: 13th October 2021

Level of funding available: Funding up to €100,000

Duration of project: 12- 36 months

Focus of the call:  Our mission is to work together to make a positive difference to the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and carers and our vision is that people with disabilities achieve their potential and live full lives as equal and valued citizens.

For this co-funding scheme, we are inviting original, internationally competitive proposals that are consistent with our mission and vision.

Charity contact: Dr Rory O’Sullivan: rosullivan@crc.ie; 01-8542422

Breakthrough Cancer Research

Opening Date: 6th August 2021

Closing Date for EOI: 6th September 2021, 17:00 (GMT)                                               

Closing Date for Full application: 18th October 2021, 17:00 (GMT)

Level of funding available: up to €300,000

Duration of project: projects from 12 up to 36 months

Focus of call: research applications which are patient focused and respond to an unmet clinical need in Pancreatic, Lung, Brain, Blood, Liver or Paediatric cancers only

Can demonstrate a path to translation into an intervention/treatment (even if over longer term)

Align with our Strategic Research Priorities

Charity contact: Frances Drummond

Cystinosis Ireland

Opening Date: 13th August 2021

Closing Date for EOI: 23rd August 2021, 12:00

Closing Date for Full application: 13th October 2021

Level of funding available: Funding up to €300,000 – €100,000 p.a.
(lower amounts will also be considered)

Duration of project: projects from 12 up to 36 months

Focus of call: Cystinosis Ireland are interested in high-quality research projects that will bring us closer to better treatments and a cure for cystinosis, in addition to research aimed at improving the quality of life of patients. Specifically, we are interested in further research on the current drug treatment cysteamine, research focused on disease specific issues such as muscle weakness, bone issues and feeding issues. Additionally, we are interested in models of care transition and social and economic impacts of disease on patients and their families.

Charity contact: Nora Lieggi research@cystinosis.ie

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI)

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) is pleased to announce a call for research proposals under the Health Research Charities Ireland (HRCI) and Health Research Board (HRB) Joint Research Fund. Projects funded under this call will begin in September 2022.

Opening Date: 20th August 2021

Closing date for pre-application form: 30th September 2021

Closing date for full applications (if shortlisted): 12th November 2021

Duration of Funding: 12 to 36 months

Level of funding: Up to €50,000 per year

Focus of call: Muscular Dystrophy Ireland aims to provide information and support to people with neuromuscular conditions and their families through a range of support services. Our objective is to promote through practical empowerment, independent living for people with the condition muscular dystrophy. MDI supports advocating for services to enable people with neuromuscular conditions to fully participate in society and to live a life of their own choosing. Muscular Dystrophy Ireland is also committed to supporting and funding research into neuromuscular conditions.  MDI encourages proposals for all types of research including basic, clinical, psychosocial and health services research.

Charity contact: Brendan Molloy mdiresearch@mdi.ie 086 6066109

Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Ireland (SCTI) 

Opening Date: 26th August 2021

Closing Date for EOI: 15th September 2021, 12.00

Closing Date for Full application: 15th October 2021 by 5pm

Level of funding available: Funding up to €150,000

Duration of project: projects from 12 up to 24 months

Focus of the Call: Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Ireland (SCTI) are completing a study on the Mental Health impacts experienced by patients with Sickle Cell including their families. We welcome expressions of interest from research teams which focus on the psychological effects due to stigma surrounding the disease.

Charity contact: Peter Ballagh peter.sctireland@gmail.com

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

Opening Date: 1st September 2021

Closing Date: 15th October 2021

Level of Funding: up to €300,000

Duration of Funding: 12-36 months

Focus of the call: CF Ireland is committed to funding research to advance our knowledge and understanding of CF. The ultimate aim of this research is to find a cure for CF, but in the meantime it is imperative we support research that aims to improve current methods of treatment and management of the disease as well as enhance the quality of life of those living with the condition. CFI welcomes research applications with a strong patient focus which align to our strategic objectives.

Charity Contact: Sarah Tecklenborg, Senior Research and Policy Coordinator stecklenborg@cfireland.ie 014962433

The Conor Foley Neuroblastoma Cancer Research Foundation (CFNCRF)

Opening date: 13th September 2021

Closing date: 22nd October 2021

Level of funding: Up to €200,000

Duration of funding: 12 – 36 months

Focus of the call: CFNCRF invites research applications which, are patient focused and respond to an unmet clinical need in neuroblastoma only. Can demonstrate a path to translation into an intervention/treatments (even if over longer term) aligned with our Strategic Research Priorities. If you have any questions please contact us.

Charity Contact: John Foley, info@conorfoley.ie

Please copy and paste the following text into the subject line of your email: CFNCRF_HRB_HRCI_Funding

The Irish Cancer Society

Opening Date: 16th September 2021

Closing Dates: 14th October 2021 (intention to submit) / 11th November 2021 (deadline for applications)

Level of funding: Up to €300,000

Duration of funding: 12-36 months

Focus of the call: Cancers with significant challenges and unmet needs including paediatric cancers, rare cancers, metastatic disease, and poor response or poor prognosis cancers.  Innovative translational biomedical research projects seeking to develop new tools, technologies, or methodologies to improve cancer outcomes.

Contact person: Niamh McCabe,  grants@irishcancer.ie

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