Health Research

Health research is a key factor in promoting the health of the population, combating disease, reducing disability and improving the quality of care. It is fundamental to the effective and efficient delivery of health services bringing to bear learning from international best practice and appropriate evaluation techniques and application.

It also plays an important role in the knowledge economy, contributing to Ireland’s international competitiveness and economic growth. ‘Building Ireland’s Smart Economy – A Framework for Sustainable Economic Renewal’, outlined a programme for medium-term economic recovery based around the concept of the Smart Economy. One of the commitments therein was that “an Action Plan for Health Research would be developed in order to exploit the opportunities for stronger linkages between our health sciences and related Foreign Direct Investment and indigenous sectors such as medical devices and bio-pharma”.

The Health Research Group (HRG) was established by the Minister for Health & Children and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment in 2007 under the auspices of the Inter-Departmental Committee for the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI). Its main purpose is to ensure that health research in Ireland is coordinated, prioritised, and focussed, and that national policies and strategies for health research are framed strategically in the context of the wider science, technology and innovation agenda. The HRG is chaired by the Department of Health & Children.

Publications of the Health Research Group

Action Plan For Health Research 2009–13

Implementation of the Action Plan for Health Research 2009-13 – First year report 2009-2010

Action Plan on Health Research 2009 - 2013

A review of progress made to date in implementing the Action Plan for Health Research 2009-2013 took place at Farmleigh House on 5th may 2011. A very close collaboration across health, enterprise and education/research sectors is a notable feature of the national effort underway to position Ireland’s health research system as a catalyst for population health and health service improvement and a key contributor to Ireland’s international competitiveness in the life science sector.

Presentations 5th May 2011

Useful Links

Report of the Research Prioritisation Steering Group