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MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme

Since 2006, HRCI and the HRB have operated a joint funding scheme based on the dedicated allocation of funding to the HRB by the Department of Health. As of 2019 the level of funding is currently at €800,000 per annum, and 125 projects have been jointly funded by member charities and the HRB.

Learn more about the most recent round of funding here

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

This innovative joint funding scheme allows members of the 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. 

HRCI contact: 
Michelle Gardner
Research Support Manager
01 4793234