Study within a Trial (SWAT)

To date, the HRB-TMRN has funded eight SWATs investing €110,000 in developing this initiative nationally. In 2020 the network will provide further funding for one SWAT award. This award is worth up to €25,000 (to include 25% institutional overheads of direct project costs) and will provide for the implementation of a self-contained methodological research study in a planned or an existing randomised trial. This funding is available to research teams in University College Cork, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.

Opening Date: September 1st 2019 Closing Date: March 6th 2020

NUI Galway
Trinity Dublin

Scope of the current call

The scope of the current call is to facilitate the embedding of a methodology research study within a planned or ongoing trial. The SWAT should address a methodology research question on any aspect of the trial, for example: design, conduct, analysis, reporting or dissemination of trials, for which there is current uncertainty. Novel methodology questions are welcome, however applicants may also choose to repeat a SWAT in a new trial setting. A full listing of published SWAT protocols are available on the MRC-HTMR All-Ireland Hub website.

Number of awards

One award of up to €25,000 (to include 25% institutional overheads of direct project costs) for up to 12 months in duration will be awarded in 2020. Applicants must be from one of the four eligible institutions; NUI Galway, UCC, TCD and UCD.

Who should apply?

Trial investigator teams working on a planned or ongoing randomised trial are invited to apply. There are no eligibility restrictions for the lead applicant (e.g. previous grant holder) and early stage career researchers are welcome to apply, provided that the trial Principal Investigator supports the application and appropriate mentoring arrangements are in place.

Eligibility criteria

  • The application must include evidence from host institution of provision for funding for the ongoing trial (letter from research office). In the case where a trial is not funded and does not need funding to proceed, this will need justification.
  • Applications must provide evidence of mentoring arrangements (where appropriate) to provide academic and clinical/practice-based support.
  • Applicants must have a collaborator from the MRC-NIHR- Trials Methodology Research Partnership (MRC-NIHR-TMRP) (assistance in identifying suitable collaborators can be provided).


Queries relating to this application can be submitted by email to, please include SWAT FUNDING 2020 in the subject line. All application forms must be submitted by email, along with relevant documentation to by the deadline listed above.

SWAT Repository

Condition of award: The successful SWAT must be registered on the MRC Northern Ireland Hub for Trial Methodology SWAT Repository, which is an online database of ongoing SWATs.

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