National Public and Patient Involvement Network Funding Opportunity


National Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Network Funding Opportunity 2021

National PPI Network

In 2017, the IRC and the HRB launched a joint inaugural call to support institutions to embed a culture of public and patient involvement (PPI). Five universities received funding (University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick) under this call. The PPI Ignite teams have been working together to support knowledge sharing nationally and moving to develop a national network. Each PPI Ignite team has been working on establishing a footprint within their institutions and collaborating and networking externally with PPI partners.

The overarching aim of the National PPI Network is to support and further build capacity for high-quality PPI in health research throughout Ireland through a Network that serves its members and benefits the wider community.


The objectives of the National PPI Network are:

  • To further improve the quality of PPI approaches in Irish health and social care research and promote partnerships that are seen as meaningful by both researchers and PPI contributors
  • To embed PPI at an institutional level and in the national research ecosystem
  • To create a nationally coordinated and internationally recognised network of excellence
  • To create a shared national voice for PPI with an identity independent of any one institution and that will serve all


To improve people’s health and to enhance healthcare delivery through engaged research


The long-term vision builds on the vision for the PPI Ignite call. Specifically, a continued transformation of the research culture where meaningful PPI is embedded through:

  • Strategic commitment to PPI
  • Integration of PPI into the core activities of HEIs, including in the development of undergraduate curricula and pedagogy. This includes measuring the quality and impact of PPI on the HEI’s research activities and community partners
  • Reward and recognition of researchers, patients and members of the public involved in PPI
  • Encouragement and support for researchers and members of the public at all levels to become involved in health research
  • Creation of networks within and beyond HEI structures to share good practice and ensure that those involved in PPI feel supported
  • Community-partner capacity and capability to fully engage in PPI


Creating a network that will have international reach and position Ireland as a leader in PPI


Application Process

Call Documents are available for download from the sidebar on the right of this page

Applications must be completed and submitted through the HRB online Grant E-Management System (GEMS)



Grant E-Management System (GEMS)

Funding available

€3.3 million over five years


Important dates

Call Open 15th of May 2020
Closing date 28th of August 2020 @ 1pm
Review period September - October 2020
Panel meeting October 2020
Recommendations to HRB Board
November 2020
Award Start DateMarch 2021

Contact information

For further details please contact:

Sara Lord (Project Officer)


Phone: (01)2345 135


Aoife Cahill (Programme Manager)


Phone: (01)2345 186

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