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HRCI/HRB Joint Funding Scheme

Since 2006, HRCI and the Health Research Board (HRB) have operated a ‘Joint Funding Scheme’, based on the dedicated allocation of funding to the HRB by the Department of Health. 134 awards have been made, with approximately €13.5 million each of HRB and charity funding awarded since the scheme’s inception.

The Joint Funding Scheme is only open to HRCI member charities.

This innovative joint funding scheme allows members of HRCI to support research of particular interest to specific patient populations, where they might otherwise not be in a position to finance the full cost of that research. Furthermore, while no differentiation is made between charities or disease areas, the scheme has been particularly beneficial for rare diseases where research being undertaken internationally may be limited and where charities wishing to contribute to the research agenda need to fund research projects led from outside Ireland.

The partnership with the HRB helps build capacity in Irish research charities and ensures that all elements of their research processes are to the highest standards of best international practices. This scheme provides funding for clearly defined research projects in disease areas of strategic relevance to each individual charity.

HRCI/HRB awards will be up to a maximum total award value of €300,000 for projects from 12 up to 36 months. Calls are announced on the HRCI Open Calls page  and the HRB grants page.

Those interested in this scheme should contact HRCI for further information.

As each charity announces its call, interested applicants 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.

HRCI contact: 
Sarah Delaney
Research Support Officer
01 4793234

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