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Research Awards & Grants

The following Institutions/Bodies provide funding for researchers in the field of healthcare. Funding opportunities change regularly, so clinicians are advised to check the relevant website for updated information on research funding opportunities:


  • Department of Education and Skills



  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine


  • Department of Environment: EPA 



  • Executive Agency for Health and Consumers:  Provides large-scale funding for research in many different areas of health care that has the potential for collaboration across sites/countries 




  • Irish Cancer Society: provides funding for studies on the causes and treatments of cancer, and for quality of life issues for patients with cancer  



  • Wellcome Trust: Provides funding in a number of health related areas. Most applicable to occupational therapy would be funding for research into brain and mental health disorders, aging, chronic diseases, and ethical and social challenges in healthcare  


  • Brainwave: The Irish Epilepsy Association invites proposals for funding in any aspect of epilepsy research.  


  • Inspire Ireland: A charitable association that helps young people with mental health issues. It has a new research strategy with some ongoing projects that may be of interest to occupational therapists  


  • Rheumatology related incentives: the details of all bursaries are now on the IRHPS web-site 



  • Centre for Pain Research


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