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Cross-Border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network (CHITIN)



The Cross-Border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network (CHITIN) project has been awarded funding through the European Union's (EU's) INTERREG VA Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programme Body.

The CHITIN project will implement 10 Healthcare Intervention Trials (HITs) specifically designed to benefit citizens across a Defined Area that includes Northern Ireland and border counties of the Republic of Ireland by facilitating participation in research studies, and ultimately enhancing their health and social care. The teams funded will also form a network wherein mentoring, training and skills development will be supported, creating a legacy for future research in the Defined Area.

The project partners, the Health and Social Care Research and Development Division (HSC R&D Division) of the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland and the Health Research Board (HRB) in Ireland, have invited applications for funding of high quality HITs of novel but unproven interventions to prevent and cure illness and to promote improved health and wellbeing.

All HITs must be completed by 31 July 2021. A maximum of €700,000 can be requested per HIT.

The deadline for receipt of full applications has now closed (closed 12:00 on 29 September 2017).

Access the relevant documentation here: NEW ANNEX A CV TEMPLATENEW Short Collaborator FormApplication Form July 2017, REVISED APPLICATION FORM (version September 2017), Sections 14, 15 & 17 REVISED (SUPPLEMENT) and Guidance Notes.


You can also Submit a Query.

Pre-call information previously issued in April 2017 can be accessed here.


  • €8.8 million has been awarded to HSC R&D Division and HRB for the Cross-Border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network (CHITIN) project by the Special EU Programmes Body.
  • This total includes match-funding of 15% provided by the Departments of Health in both Northern Ireland and Ireland.
  • The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border cooperation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.
  • The programmes operate within a clearly-defined area including Northern Ireland, the border region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland. The INTERREG VA Programme has a value of €283 million and aims to address the economic and social problems which result from the existence of borders.
  • For the purposes of the CHITIN project, the eligible area consists of Northern Ireland and the border region of Ireland (counties Donegal; Leitrim; Sligo; Cavan; Monaghan; and, Louth).
  • Sponsor is defined as an individual, organisation or group taking on responsibility for securing the arrangements to initiate, manage and finance a study, as laid out in the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care.
  • All timelines are subject to change.