Graham Love, HRB Chief Executive,
introduces our Strategy.


What we
will do

Through this strategy we will focus on the areas and activities that have the greatest potential to bring benefits to patients and the Irish population.

We will consolidate and build on the progress we have made in constructing a coherent and integrated clinical research infrastructure nationally (including facilities, equipment, coordination, research support, and networks), seek to enhance data environments, and increase the capacity for high-quality, patient oriented, clinical, population health, and health services research.

At the same time we will work with our partners nationally and internationally to ensure that the important area of biomedical research continues to be adequately supported.

What we will do – more detail


Healthy people through excellent research and applied knowledge.


To improve people's health and to enhance healthcare delivery.

Our Core

  • Independence and objectivity
  • Integrity
  • Quality and professionalism
  • Transparency, fairness and accountability
  • Collaboration and cooperation
  • Focus on outcomes and impact
  • Value for money

Areas we will strengthen

  • Strategic partnerships – we will develop strategic partnerships across a number of our stakeholder groups, including academia, practice, and policy spheres. We expect that these partnerships will maximise the benefits of research for health nationally and internationally.
  • Patient and public involvement – people are at the centre of health research. Over the next five years, we will develop initiatives aimed at strengthening the involvement of patients and the public in health research in Ireland.
  • Data – we will advance the exploitation of data in health research to yield information that contributes to improvements in health.
  • Leadership – as the major funder of health research in Ireland, the HRB will strengthen its leadership role; we will do this by promoting and influencing national and European agendas relevant to the work that we do, and by facilitating the translation of research and evidence into better health outcomes and better healthcare services.