Health Research Charities Ireland has over 45 charities member charities. Together, they represent over 2 million people in Ireland. Our members range from large research funding charities to small, voluntary-run patient organisations. They span many areas of health, including rare diseases, childhood illnesses, dementia, mental health, and many forms of chronic illness and disability. All have a strong focus on health, medical or social care research.
The members of HRCI invested more than €18 million in research in 2021. Beyond financial investment, they ensure the relevance of research to the communities they represent, communicate its findings and insist that it has impact for people. Together these charities provide a beautiful example of what research means to people and families and how the impact of research reaches every village in Ireland.
Click here to read the HRCI Guide for our members. It describes our strategic aims, the work we do, our organisational structure, Board of Directors and staff. It also explains the acronyms you may come across as a HRCI member.
Note: while we frequently use the terms patients, due to our strong focus on health research, some of our members represent older adults, carers and other groups in society.