Research Support

We have found that one of the biggest obstacles to research is knowing where to start, how to approach the task and how to gather and assess relevant information. This aim of this section, research guidance, is to provide support and information to health care workers who wish to undertake research in their specific area of interest. Our recent publication "Guide to Good Research Practice" covers many of the topics directly related to research from study design and methodology to ethics and publishing.

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Related References

To access supporting text on critical appraisal of information and details of statistical support available click here.

To access information on the ethics review process for health research in the HSE MId-West click here


***** Training & Funding Update From HRB - March 2014 *****

The 2014 Cochrane Library Training courses and Cochrane Fellowships are now open to applicants.

Cochrane Training Courses 2014

WHAT is the aim of the courses?

The aim of the Cochrane Training Courses is to build awareness and capacity in conducting systematic review in the island of Ireland.  The HRB and the HSC Research & Development Division in Northern Ireland in association with the Training Team of the UK Cochrane Centre, offer two short courses on a number of dates in 2014.

WHAT training courses are on offer?

‘Introduction to Cochrane’– This half-day course will train people with little or no previous experience to access and use the Cochrane Library. The course will improve the participants’ knowledge of evidence-based healthcare and will cover the principles and practice of Cochrane systematic reviews.

‘Cochrane Systematic Review Course’ – This intensive two-day course will cover systematic review methodologies and critical appraisal skills. The course is suitable for individuals who require a more detailed knowledge of systematic reviews and who may be thinking of conducting a systematic review themselves.

WHAT is the application process and DEADLINE?

Applications for these courses must be must be submitted by email on the appropriate application form. Application forms are available on the HRB website. The deadline is 13.00 on Tuesday 1st April 2014 and applications will not be accepted after this deadline. Full details and guidance notes are available on the HRB website at . The guidance notes will help you to select the appropriate course and will outline the dates and venues.

WHO can you contact for more information about the training?

Annalisa Montesanti            t +353 1 2345208

Cochrane Fellowships 2014

The HRB and HSC R&D Division are now inviting applications for Cochrane Fellowships in 2014.

WHAT is the aim of the Fellowship?

The aim of the Cochrane Fellowships scheme is to build capacity on the island of Ireland in conducting systematic reviews for inclusion in the Cochrane Library. The scheme forms part of a commitment to increase the ability of researchers to conduct high quality R&D for health and social care, and for managers and professionals to be aware of, and act upon, the results.


WHAT does the Fellowship include?

The Fellowship provides the Fellow with protected time of up to two days per week for up to two years to conduct a review. The award covers systematic review training costs, salary-related costs and research expenses.

WHO should apply?

Applications are invited from individuals resident In the Island of Ireland working in the health and social care area. As this is a training fellowship, applications from those with no prior experience and/or structured training in conducting systematic reviews are encouraged to apply.

WHAT is the application process and DEADLINE?

All applications must be made online using the HRB online Grant E-Management System (GEMS). The deadline for submission of complete applications to the HRB is Tuesday, 27 May 2014 at 13.00.

Full details and guidance notes are available on the HRB website at  Applicants resident in Northern Ireland should apply via the HSC R&D Office in Belfast.

WHO can you contact for more information about the fellowships?

Sara Lord                t +353 1 2345205

Sara Lord
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Population Health and Health Services Research

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Funding to support research is currently available from a range of national and international bodies to support all aspects of health research.

The Health Research Board (HRB) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) have issued their first joint funding award. The HRB-SFI Translational Research Awards will benefit the following areas;

  • Patient Orientated Research
  • E Health
  • Medical Devices
  • Diagnostics

For further details go to or

The primary sources of funding at present are;

  1. Health Research Board
  2. Science Foundation Ireland
  3. Enterprise Ireland
  4. The Wellcome Trust


The Health Research Board (HRB) funding schemes range from individual project grants to funding for large scale research projects. Full details of the various types of grants and application procedures are available at

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has the task of establishing Ireland as a centre of research excellence in strategic areas relevant to economic development, particularly Biotechnology and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). SFI is a key organisation in the implementation of the NDP 2007-20013 and the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-2013.

The Welcome Trust funds innovative biomedical research in the UK and internationally with an estimated expenditure £600 million per annum. It's mission is "to foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal health".

The Wellcome Trust offers grants for research in the following general areas:

  1. Biomedical Science
  2. Medical Humanities
  3. Public engagement
  4. Technology Transfer
  5. Capital Funding
  6. Strategic Awards

Enterprise Ireland (EI)helps both companies and researchers based in third level institutions to engage in research. EI facilitates collaborative links between enterprise and the research community that lead to the practical application of research in business, and yielding benefits to both groups.

Grants are routinely provided to support commercisation and the purcahsing of essesntial equipment. For further details click here.

The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology supports research across masters, doctoral and postdoctoral levels. For further details click here.

In addition large scale funding is available as part of the European Union Research and Innovation programme. The aim is provide financial support to multidisciplinary teams of researchers from collaborating member states. As part of Framework Programme 7(FP7) €50.5 billion is available from 2007 -2013. Find out more

Other sources of funding for research in Ireland include various charities associated with a specific disease (eg. The Irish Cancer Society or The Irish Heart Foundation). Visit