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Research Program Awards

HSC R&D Division fund research programs in a number of different ways. Each of the portfolios is listed below:

Please click the links to view projects funded in each area:


Needs-Led and Opportunity-Led Commissioned Research Awards (*includes links to published outputs)

HSC R&D Division supports Needs-led commisioned research derived from an on-going systematic process to identify and prioritise research needs. HSC R&D Division works with users of research (policy-makers, practitioners and commissioners), generators of researchers, patients, clients, carers and others to determine priority research areas. Recents research calls include; Outcomes of the Implementation of Smoking Prevention Intervention;   Dementia Care;    Outcomes of the Implementation of Telemonitoring NI;    Bamford Implementation.

HSC R&D Division also supports Opportunity-Led commissioned research derived from ad-hoc opportunities to exploit partnership funding.


NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies (NETS) Awards & Enabling Research Awards 

DoH makes a commitment in the form of an annual contribution of around £3 million to NIHR.  This investment enables Northern Ireland-based researchers to lead on applications for NIHR research opportunities alongside their colleagues from the United Kingdom (UK).

HSC R&D Division is committed to supporting researchers to benefit from NETS opportunities. Northern Ireland has a significant number of researchers and research groups with the necessary expertise and track records necessary for the development of competitive applications. HSC R&D Division offers Enabling Research Awards to support researchers in their acquisition of funding through eligible NETSCC-managed research programmes


US Ireland R&D Partnership Program Awards

The US-Ireland Research and Development (R&D) Partnership, launched in July 2006, is a unique initiative involving funding agencies across three jurisdictions: United States of America (USA), Republic of Ireland (RoI) & Northern Ireland (NI). It's purpose is “to increase the level of collaborative R&D amongst researchers and industry professionals across the three jurisdictions” with the governments in USA, RoI & NI recognizing the strong link between high quality research environments and economic development.


NI Longitudinal Study (NILS) Awards

Research projects were funded (with matched funding from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)) to exploit the NILS Dataset and support public health policy. The NILS data set provides a unique anonymised dataset comprising linked demographic and health & social care information from the linkage of Census returns, information on births, deaths, migration, and HPSS data.


Recognised Research Group Awards

Recognised Research Groups (RRGs) were an integral part of the HPSS R&D Strategy between 2000-2010 and accounted for a large component of the HPSS R&D Fund expenditure. The RRGs were established in the period between 2000 & 2002 with additional calls for proposals following on in 2003, 2005 & 2007. The concept was intended to facilitate focused good quality research and to create critical mass within vibrant co-operative research environments.