SPHeRE Programme Call for Projects 2022-2023

The SPHeRE Programme is accepting project applications from Principal Investigators with unfunded projects for the 2022/2023 academic year.

The full-time 4 year structured PhD Programme features:

  • 6 taught modules completed in the first year of the Programme
  • Opportunities for multidisciplinary research
  • Supervision by internationally renowned Principal Investigators

In addition, SPHeRE HRB funded Scholars benefit from:

  • 8-week specialist rotation in Irish health related agencies in the first year
  • Placement with a prestigious overseas agency to further PhD project development in the second or third years
  • Professional skills training allowance
  • Travel funds to national training days and international conferences
  • Annual stipend, plus laptop computer, plus PhD fees

This Programme provides excellent training for scholars in core health services and population health research skills.


Projects submitted must fall under one of the following areas:

  • Health policy and systems research

Health policy and systems research (HPSR) is an emerging field that seeks to understand and improve how societies organize themselves in achieving collective health goals, and how different actors interact in the policy and implementation processes to contribute to policy outcomes. It focuses primarily upon the more upstream aspects of health, organizations and policies, rather than clinical or preventive services or basic scientific research (for example into cell or molecular structures). It covers a wide range of questions − from financing to governance − and issues surrounding implementation of services and delivery of care in both the public and private sectors.


  • Health service and technology evaluation

Health service evaluation seeks to assess how well a service is achieving its intended aims. It is undertaken to benefit the people using a particular healthcare service and is designed and conducted with the sole purpose of defining or judging the current service. Health technology assessment is the systematic evaluation of properties, effects, and/or impacts of health care technologies.


  • Population health research

Population health research describes the health outcomes of groups of people and analyses the determinants of those health outcomes.


Interviews will be held with candidates who wish to apply to the SPHeRE Programme for one of the six HRB SPHeRE Scholarships and projects will be allocated to the chosen candidates.

Please note that projects will be reviewed by PI’s from institutions other than the one in which those submitting projects are based.

The deadline to submit a project is 12 noon, Friday 29th April 2022.
Candidate interviews will take place on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th June 2022 via Zoom.

Principal investigators whose projects have been selected will be informed after candidate interviews have taken place.

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The call for projects for the 2022/2023 SPHeRE Programme has now closed.

Please contact sphereprogramme@gmail.com if you have any questions.