HRB announces €20 million to support evidence-informed decision making in health and social care

Dr Mairéad O’Driscoll

The HRB has provided €20 million to support evidence-informed decision making in health and social care.

The funding will support eight programme awards to tackle challenges in dementia, breastfeeding supports, speech and language interventions for children, autoimmune disease, pandemic preparedness and climate-resilient healthcare systems. They also include two projects on mental health designed specifically to support Sharing the Vision.

The Applied Programme Awards are designed to support high-quality, team-based applied research which will lead to a step change in practice and policy to deliver outcomes for the health system, population health, or for service users and carers.

Dr Mairéad O’Driscoll, Chief Executive at the HRB said, “The successful projects in this scheme are carefully aligned with the aims of not only the HRB Strategy, but also wider Department of Health and EU research priorities.

“We were delighted to receive additional support from the Department of Health to increase the number of projects we could fund and many of the successful awards address evidence gaps identified in the Department’s Statement of Research Priorities.”

The awards were specifically designed to ensure that knowledge generated from the research can be quickly put into policy and/or practice.

The successful applicants were:

  1. Professor David Cotter, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, VISTA: VISion To Action for promoting mental health and recovery. An Implementation Science approach to “Sharing the Vision” – Ireland’s national mental health policy. Award value €2,499,605. 
  2. Dr Michelle Flood, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sjögren’s beyond dry eye: Advancing policy and practice through co-creation of integrated care journeys and education for health professionals – The SYNERG-IE Programme.  Award value €2,558,926.
  3. Professor Iracema Leroi, Trinity College Dublin, ‘EMERALD-Lewy: Improving the diagnosis, management, and lived experience of overlooked dementias in Ireland’.  Award value €2,499,965.
  4. Professor Deirdre Bennett, University College Cork, Educating Healthcare Professionals for Climate Change Resilient and Sustainable Healthcare Systems. Award value €2,475,908. 
  5. Dr Pauline Frizelle, University College Cork, Maximising the benefits of intervention research to support language and communication in children. Award value €2,493,765.
  6. Professor Patricia Leahy-Warren, University College Cork, Maximise support for breastfeeding for sustainable population health and wellbeing: Integrated knowledge translation approach, MaxSBF.  Award value €2,445,580.
  7. Professor Alistair Nichol, University College Dublin, PRIME-Ireland Pandemic Resilience Ireland Clinical PlatforM: Refining, Performing, Predicting and Applying a globally integrated clinical research response for future pandemics in Ireland. Award value €2,499,982.
  8. Associate Professor Brian O’Donoghue, University College Dublin, Achieving Recovery in Psychotic Disorders with Comprehensive Clinical Guidelines. Award value €2,499,412.