HRB Applied Research Projects in Dementia 2015

Applied Research Projects in Dementia 2015

Project / Programme grants
Opening Date: 27 November 2014
Closing Date: 9 February 2015


Set against the backdrop of the pending publication of Ireland’s first National Dementia Strategy, the HRB has entered into a strategic collaborative agreement with The Atlantic Philanthropies (AP) and the Department of Health to support a programme of work in Applied Dementia Research totalling €4.57 million between 2014 and 2019.  HRB Announcement.

This collaborative agreement aims to improve the care and wellbeing of people with dementia by developing capacity and leadership in dementia research and by supporting applied research projects in dementia linked to the priorities and themes outlined in the National Dementia Strategy. This will help to ensure that implementation of the National Dementia Strategy is underpinned and informed by robust evidence and it will also deliver an increased capacity and expertise in applied dementia research, within and beyond academic institutions, to inform clinical care delivery in dementia and any associated health service reconfiguration. 

The HRB has recently announced a series of initiatives aimed at building capacity and leadership in dementia research as part of this collaborative agreement. This new awards scheme seeks to support high-quality applied research projects in dementia.

Projects must address one or more of the indicative topics under these headings below:

Organisation and delivery of dementia services;
Management and decision making in dementia care; 
Social, economic and policy issues in dementia care.
The projects must focus on question/s of clear strategic relevance and importance for Ireland and it should be evident why the work needs to be conducted now and in Ireland. 

Who should apply? 
The Host Institution for the award will be a recognised research institution in the Republic of Ireland. The Principal Investigator must demonstrate that they have the skills, knowledge and supports necessary to direct the proposed research and to be actively engaged in carrying the research through to completion. Applicants must demonstrate clearly that their research team contains the necessary breadth and depth of expertise in all the methodological areas required in the development and delivery of the proposed project. 

Projects should involve collaborations between researchers, health and social care providers, carers, voluntary organisations and other institutions, as is appropriate to the research topic and applicants should describe the likely transferability of research findings into recommendations for policy and/or practice. Applications that incorporate interdisciplinary and inter-professional approaches are particularly welcomed.

Please note that only one application per Principal Investigator to this scheme will be considered. 

What does the Award include?
Applicants to this scheme can apply for funding to support two main categories of applied research projects in dementia (two different application forms are available on GEMS):

Awards up to a maximum value of €330,000 (inclusive of overheads) for projects (including pilot and feasibility studies) up to 36 months; 
Awards up to a maximum value of €800,000 (inclusive of overheads) with a duration of typically 2-4 years (but not beyond 60 months) where the applicant wishes to conduct a definitive trial/intervention study involving humans.
The number of awards funded through this call will depend on the quality of the proposals received, the cost of the proposals submitted and the availability of funding. Total available funding for this initiative will be in the region of €1.75 million.

Submission and Deadline
All applications must be made online using the HRB GEMS. The deadline for submission of complete applications to the HRB is Monday, 09 February 2015 at 13.00.

Prior to final submission to the HRB, all applications must first be reviewed and approved within GEMS by the signatory approver at the research office (or equivalent) at the Host Institution (see Appendix IV of Guidance Notes). It is critical therefore that Principal Investigators leave sufficient time in the process for the Research Office (or equivalent) in their nominated Host Institution to review, seek clarifications and approve applications prior to the final submission date. This may involve being aware of and complying with any internal Host Institution deadlines for review and approval, distinct from the HRB deadline.

There will be a webinar about this call - in conjunction with the Health Research Awards 2015 call - on Monday 8 December at 3pm.

You can also submit questions in advance to Annalisa Montesanti at and put 'HRA / Dementia 2015 webinar' in the subject line.


Annalisa Montesanti
Related Links:  GEMS - Apply online for the Applied Research Projects in Dementia 2015 call
Related Documents:
Download Applied Research Projects in Dementia 2015 FAQs
Download Applied Research Projects in Dementia 2015 Guidance Notes