Health Research Charities Ireland has approx. 40 charities member charities. Together, they represent well over 1 million people across 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 or social care research.
The members of HRCI invested more than €15 million in research in 2019 (for context, that is one third of the annual HRB budget) and every extended family in Ireland is connected to at least one of these organisations. 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.
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.