HRB Primary Care CTNI Training Awards

Aim of the scheme:

  • To increase the knowledge base nationally, with respect to primary care clinical trials and help improve the design, conduct and dissemination of high-quality randomised trials being conducted in Ireland

This scheme creates an opportunity for

  • Research teams to apply for funding to host primary care clinical trial-related training events in Ireland
  • Individuals to receive trial specific training nationally or internationally


The specific objectives of the HRB Primary Care CTNI Training Funding Scheme are to:

  • Build capacity and knowledge in primary care clinical trial research nationally;
  • Create opportunities for strategic national and international collaboration through networking with recognised leaders in these areas;
  • Position Ireland as a leader in primary care clinical trials.


This scheme will help fund (or part-fund) any training event format, as long as the topic is relevant to primary care clinical trials such as:

  • Workshops / seminars
  • Summer / Winter schools
  • Conferences
  • Primary care trial methodology

Subject to capacity and interest, these events can be made available to a wider audience nationally, using the core network organisational supports; such as online registration management, online hosting and online promotion of activities.

It will also fund individuals to attend relevant primary care trial training nationally or internationally.

Funding available

  • Up to €3,000 per event to cover costs associated with organising and delivering the event, including travel of international speakers to Ireland.
  • Up to €2,000 per person to attend trial-specific training conferences nationally and internationally.

The scheme will not fund

  • Current HRB-funded researchers who hold a budget line in an existing grant for the same workshops or conferences as part of dissemination;
  • Drinks receptions;
  • Development of new educational materials;
  • Development of an outreach campaign using media such as television, radio or print;
  • Placement/exchange visits for key personnel;
  • Promotional tools such as information brochures, plain language summaries, newsletters or policy briefs.


  • Any proposed hosted training event must be held on the island of Ireland.
  • Training events must be relevant to primary care clinical trials.
  • Completed applications must address all assessment criteria identified.


Application and assessment process, and criteria

Applicants should complete and submit the short application form on the following pages, plus a one page CV of lead applicant, to the HRB Primary Care CTNI via email ( for consideration.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

This call is a rolling call and applications are considered throughout the year, subject to annual funding commitment availability. The HRB Primary Care CTNI will commit to a maximum of €10,000 awards annually for two years through this call (i.e. a total of €20,000 over the two years).

Please submit your application at least 8 weeks in advance of your event.

[Note: Research teams wishing to apply for funding in excess of €3,000, should contact the HRB Primary Care CTNI Development Officer by email at to express interest]

All applications submitted will undergo an initial eligibility check and will then be subject to a HRB Primary Care CTNI led review process, based on the criteria outlined below.


Assessment Criteria

Part A (70% of the score)

  • Relevance of training to primary care clinical trials;
  • Identified a clear gap in training in this area;

Part B (30% of score)

  • Appropriate programme and budget
  • The budget requested must reflect the scale and nature of the proposed activities


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Download: Application Form