The Health Research Landscape in Ireland: What Researchers Say

The Research Study Report shows that despite Ireland having sustained its strong support for health research throughout the economic crisis a number of issues still remain which have been identified in the report:

  • There are gaps in enabling infrastructure for health research, and financial sustainability is a concern.
  • Particular important areas of research are not prioritised.
  • Support is focused on the earliest stages of research training and on well-established researchers.
  • There is limited engagement with potential users of research findings.
  • The systematic involvement in research of patients or other lay people is not well developed.
  • The contribution of medical research charities is not recognised in policy documents.

A key recommendation in the report is the establishment of the Irish Health Research Forum: A Single Voice for Research to Improve Health. The Irish Health Research Forum will be a partnership of organisations that influence health research in Ireland and will allow these bodies to work together to enable high quality research, to support research careers and to promote the involvement of service users.

Snapshot

The Health Research Landscape in Ireland: What Researchers Say
Report of a study undertaken by Professor Bernie Hannigan, University of Ulster

Full report

The Health Research Landscape in Ireland: What Researchers Say
Report of a study undertaken by Professor Bernie Hannigan, University of Ulster

Press Release

Medical Research Charities Group launches “The Health Research Landscape in Ireland: What Researchers Say” New Irish Health Research Forum to be established