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
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.
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 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.