Health Research Board (HRB), Ireland / Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

The Health Research Board (HRB), Ireland

The Health Research Board is the lead agency in Ireland supporting and funding health research. Its mission is to improve people’s health, patient care and health service delivery by leading and supporting excellent research by outstanding people within a coherent health research system, and by generating knowledge and promoting its application in practice. In doing so, it has a key role in health system innovation and economic development.

It has over 70 staff, an annual budget in excess of €45m and a research investment portfolio of approximately €195m. It is funded mainly by the Department of Health and Children, and board members are appointed by the minister for Health. A copy of our strategic business plan 2010-2014 can be found at this link

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Helping Ireland Recruit and Retain Research Groups  

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research.  SFI invests in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).  

The Foundation also promotes and supports the study of, education in, and engagement with STEM and promotes an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and, in particular, to the growth of the economy. 
SFI makes grants based upon the merit review of distinguished scientists.  

SFI also advances co-operative efforts among education, government, and industry that support its fields of emphasis and promotes Ireland’s ensuing achievements around the world.

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Participating center of excellence:

  • Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN), Dublin Link...
  • 3U Partnership (Dublin City University, NUI Maynooth and the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland) Link...
  • NCBES Neuroscience Cluster (National University of Ireland, Galway) Link...
  • Cork Neuroscience Centre (CNS), based at University College Cork Link...
  • University College Dublin Centre for Neuroscience Link...