Training Funding Scheme

Aim of the scheme:

This scheme creates an opportunity for research teams to apply for funding to host trial methodology related training events online.

These events will help increase the knowledge base nationally, with respect to trial methodology and help improve the efficiency of randomised trials being conducted in Ireland.


The specific objectives of the HRB-TMRN Training Funding Scheme are to:

  • Build capacity and knowledge in trial methodology research nationally;
  • Create opportunities for strategic national and international collaboration through networking with recognised leaders in these areas;
  • Position Ireland as a leader in trial methodology.


The scheme will fund (or part-fund) any training event format relevant to trial methodology, such as;

  • Workshops
  • Short courses
  • Conferences

The current guidance relates to events being supported during the COVID-19 pandemic. All events will be held online, and all events are open to an international audience. Event schedules should consider shorter sessions, with regular breaks to ensure optimised participation and interest of delegates.

Funding available:

    • Up to €2,000 per event to cover costs associated with organising and delivering the event, including hosting the event online. Costs should include technical AV support for hosting online events, costs associated with an online meeting platform (e.g. Zoom, Webex) and speaker costs as appropriate. Funding will be via payment of single invoice for all costs received from the lead applicant. Payment of invoices will be made retrospectively in line with actual spend.
    • Full access to the HRB-TMRN suite of promotional tools, e.g. website, mailer, social media.
    • Support and manage online registrations by the HRB-TMRN, including all contact with delegates about the event.
    • Free registration for applicant team members.
    • CPD certification (subject to adequate notice), including distributing CPD certificates to delegates after the event via email. Where CPD certification is not required, regular certificates of attendance will be issued.
    • Regular communication with delegates before the event to include event announcements.

The scheme will not fund:

  • Current HRB-funded researchers who hold a training budget in an existing grant for the same or similar workshops or conferences as part of dissemination.
  • Face-to-face live events which contravene current government pandemic restrictions or which cannot be organised with a high degree of certainty.
  • Development of new educational materials.
  • Development of an outreach campaign using media such as television, radio or print.
  • Promotional tools such as information brochures, plain language summaries, newsletters or policy briefs.


  • Training events must be focussed on trial methodology.
  • Research teams must organise and host proposed training event(s) independently, including hosting the event online and managing the online interface with delegates live.
  • Completed applications must address all assessment criteria identified.
  • All training events must charge a fee for attendance, to be agreed in advance with the HRB-TMRN.

Application and assessment process, and criteria

Applicants should complete and submit the short application form to the HRB-TMRN via email ( for consideration.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

This call is a rolling call and applications are considered throughout the year, subject to annual funding commitment availability. It is envisaged that the HRB-TMRN will commit to five awards annually.

[Note: Research teams wishing to apply for funding in excess of €2,000, should contact the HRB-TMRN Programme Manager by email to express interest]

All applications submitted will undergo an initial eligibility check and will then be subject to a HRB-TMRN led review process, based on the criteria outlined below.

Assessment Criteria

Part A (80% of the score)

  • Relevance of training to trial methodology;
  • Identified a clear gap in training in this area;

Part B (20% of score)

  • Appropriate programme and budget
  • The budget requested must reflect the scale and nature of the proposed activities


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