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Enabling Research Awards

HSC R&D Division's Enabling Research Awards (ERAs) are designed to support researchers in their acquisition of funding through National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Evaluation, Trials and Studies (NETS) research programmes.

The aim of this investment is to increase the rate and number of successful applications from Northern Ireland-based lead researchers to NETS research programmes.

The scheme is open to experienced Northern Ireland-based investigators working in research relevant to health or social care. Applicants must be employed within health or social care services, voluntary/not-for-profit organisations providing health or social care, or within a higher education institution in Northern Ireland.


Scope of awards

Enabling Research Awards are intended to support the completion of preparatory and/or developmental work that will improve the outcomes of a subsequent grant application to a NETS-funded research programme. The scheme will not support literature or systematic reviews, purchase of equipment or stand-alone studies.

The maximum value of an award will be £40,000.

The processing and evaluation of ERA applications is carried out on an on-going basis with two cut off dates per year.

Further details can be found in the scheme guidance notes. Potential applicants are advised to contact Dr Julie McCarroll, HSC R&D Division to discuss their application.

2015/16 Guidance notes are available from HSC R&D Division via the links below: 

Enabling Research Awards Guidance