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Health Research Board annual report and accounts 1992
Health Research Board (HRB)
Since the last Annual Report the new Board held its first meeting in March 1992 and quickly embarked on a vigorous and innovative programme of research development. The then Minister for Health. Dr. John O'Connell, made additional funding of £68.000 available over two years for an important Health Service Research project on Surgical Audit. with funding from the National Lottery. Otherwise. our budgetary position did not change significantly. thus making new initiatives difficult. However. the Board targeted European sources of funding by making Irish researchers familiar with the ECBIOMED I programme. There was initial disappointment in the outcome of the first round of applications where 114 European Concerted Actions were approved. While there was no lrish-led consortium funded. encouragingly Irish researchers participated in twenty-six of the approved Concerted Action projects. As a result of this experience, the Board made a special effort to alert the Irish Research Community to the opportunities that would become available under the second round of this programme and. a series of information meetings were held in Cork and Dublin to familiarise research workers with the optimal strategies in applying for grants. The fruits of this exercise became apparent when on the second round five of the successful consortia were led by Irish scientists and physicians. This can be regarded as a significant breakthrough achievement and the Board is determined to augment this initiative in the future. In particular. the Board is conscious of the limitations for a small country of European research-grant mechanisms which are on a Concerted Action basis only. While this provides useful funding to facilitate interaction between European Scientists. it does not deliver realistic amounts of true research funding which can be applied to research projects. Thus. this granting mechanism favours the larger Member States within the E.C. and would tend to penalise smaller countries. where the research community is not well endowed with native funding.
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Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): Health Research Board (HRB)
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