In 2010, UCC was allocated €19.1 million of capital funding from the Irish Higher Education Authority through the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLIfor a series of interlinked capital projects on translational research including the NHSRI. This has been used to transform space in a new building at the Western edge of the university campus (the Western Gateway Building). The new space has been in use by population health and health services researchers since early 2012.




 The UCC Department of Epidemiology and Public Health is one of the founding Departments in the National Health Research Board funded PhD Scholar Programme in Health Services and Population Science Research (SPHeRE Programme), which was formerly the HRB Scholars Programme.

The HRB is the lead agency in Ireland supporting and funding health research. They provide funding, maintain health information systems and conduct research linked to national health priorities. Their aim is to improve people's health, build health research capacity and make a significant contribution to Ireland's knowledge economy.

Four clear goals support the delivery of the HRB Strategic Business Plan 2010-2014:

  1. Driving the development of excellent clinical research, including applied biomedical research, within a coherent health research system.
  2. Building capacity to conduct high-quality population health sciences research and health services research.
  3. Working with key partners to develop and manage high-quality national health information systems.
  4. Generating and synthesising evidence, and promoting the application of knowledge to support decision-making by policy makers and relevant practitioners.



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As the NHSRI is a relatively new entity within University College Cork, the College of Medicine and Health kindly agreed to provide a generous contribution to the NHSRI in 2016, in order to fund a full-time Research Assistant post for 2 years. This funding will assist with the vital development and promotion of the institute within the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. This financial support will fund the first research assistant role within the NHSRI. The research assistant will be employed for the purpose of supporting the administrative and organisational functions of the NHSRI and will be directly supervised by Prof. John Browne. 



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