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Research Program Awards

Needs-Led Commissioned Research Awards 

For more than 10 years HSC R&D Division has supported 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.

Click (on the title above) for a list of commissioned calls issued by HSC R&D Division over the last 10 years. These include: Early Intervention Transformation Project  (2015); Dementia Care  (2013 & 2014); Bamford Implementation (2011); Suicide Prevention (2008 & 2009).


Opportunity-Led Commissioned Reseach Awards

Opportunity-Led commissioned research is derived from ad-hoc opportunities to exploit partnership funding.


NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies (NETS) 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). Click here for examples of over £25M NIHR-funded research led from NI>>

Enabling Research Awards

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. Enabling Research Awards support researchers in their acquisition of funding through eligible NETSCC-managed research programmes.


Fellowship Awards

HSC R&D Division is committed to supporting research training to increase research and development capacity and build an evaluative evidence-based culture in Health and Social Care Services in Northern Ireland (HSC). In response, HSC R&D Division has funded a number of Fellowship Awards, including Doctoral Fellowships, Post-doctoral Fellowships, Career Development Fellowships, Clinician Scientist Fellowships


Cochrane Fellowship Awards (*includes links to published reviews)

Cochrane Fellowships supported by HSC R&D Division and links to the Cochrane Library where the review is available


General Practice Academic Research Training Scheme (GPARTS)

The GPARTS Awards support training in research for trainee general practitioners whilst they complete their clinical training in general practice. The awards provide two-year posts which aim to increase the research capacity of primary care, by giving the trainees opportunity to gain experience in academic general practice and to develop expertise in clinical research and education. The training is designed to create a resource of trained practitioners with leadership skills, who are equipped to make evidence-based decisions regarding the best approaches to the provision of high quality health and social care and the prevention of disease.


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.


NCI Summer Courses   (All Awards 2001-2017)

The Cancer Institute Consortium on Cancer (Cancer Consortium), HSC R&D Division, and the Health Research Board (HRB), Dublin support summer courses at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Maryland, USA in the areas of Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control and Molecular Prevention


Knowledge Exchange Awards

HSC R&D Division recognises that research findings should be translated into health or social care benefits as quickly and efficiently as possible. In response, HSC R&D Division offers funding under a Knowledge Exchange Scheme with the aim that this will improve the impact and reach of research. The funding should be used to enable effective two-way exchange among researchers who have generated new knowledge, and research users who require an evidence base. It is intended that the knowledge exchange will deliver practice, policy, social and/or economic benefit in an area relevant to health or social care. Awards were made to multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral teams who demonstrated credible arrangements for collaboration.


Support for Workshops and Conferences

HSC R&D Division recognises that dissemination of new knowledge is an essential prerequisite for evidence-based and research-led Health and Social Care (HSC) services in Northern Ireland. Workshops and conferences can provide an effective method of dissemination of research findings. In acknowledgement of this, HSC R&D Division provides funding to support the running and organisation of research workshops/conferences promoting evidence-based practice and research dissemination relevant to the HSC.


Contribution to the NIHR Dissemination Centre

HSC R&D Division contribute funding toward the NIHR Dissemination Centre, which exists to help NHS clinicians, commissioners and patients to make informed decisions about which treatments and practices are most effective in health care, social care and public health.


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. 


Project Portfolio (by year)

List of new projects and infrastructure funded in each year 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017: