MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme
In 2006, the Department of Health and Children awarded MRCG €1m annually in the HRB allocation for the co-funding of research between the charities and the HRB.
This innovative scheme allows members of the MRCG to support research of particular interest to that patient population, where they might otherwise not be in a position to finance the full cost of that research. While no differentiation is made between charities or disease areas, the scheme has been particularly beneficial for rare diseases where research being undertaken internationally may be limited.
To date, seven calls for funding have been completed and 96 projects have been supported through this scheme.