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HRCI/HRB Joint Funding Scheme

Since 2006, HRCI and the Health Research Board (HRB) have collaborated to run a ‘Joint Funding Scheme’. Through this unique scheme, HRCI member charities can secure matched funding for research of importance to the people they represent, through a competitive process.



  • Only charities that are members of HRCI can take part.
  • Each round, some HRCI members invite funding applications from researchers. Calls are announced by the charities themselves, on the HRCI Open Calls page and the HRB grants page.
  • Researchers submit their applications to the relevant charity
  • Most types of health and social care research (with the exception of clinical trials), for all health conditions, can be funded
  • Research projects of 12-36 months duration, up to a max of €300,000 are supported
  • The cost of successful projects is split 50:50 between the HRB and the submitting charity (with the exception that very small charities can receive 75% funding from the HRB).
  • The scheme has a high success rate and funded projects are managed by the HRB
  • The scheme runs every second year and the latest round opened autumn 2021 (charities will be accepting applications until late autumn/early winter)

For more details on the scheme, please see our other webpages and the video below.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, contact the HRCI Research Support Officer, Dr Sarah Delaney: sarah@hrci.ie / 01 479 3234.

As charities announce calls or invite applications (see up-to-date details here), interested researchers should contact the designated contact point at the respective charity.

Please click here for a short video overview of the scheme, targeted at potential research applicants

Link to Irish Government websiteLink to Pobal websiteLink to Health Research Board website