Northern Ireland Public Health Research Network

The Northern Ireland Public Health Research Network (NIPHRN) was launched in March 2012 by the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland and HSC Research & Development Division.

What support we offer

Developing your Research Idea

1-to-1 support to refine your research question

Rapid evidence summaries to develop your case for support

Research seminars and workshops

Developing a Project

Support in identifying collaborators

Current funding opportunities

Seed funding to support 1-2 projects per year

Patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE)

Grant Writing

Help to develop a Research Development Group

Administration support during the grant writing process

Advice on research methods, impact and PPIE

How does an RDG operate

NIPHRN uses a Research Development Group (RDG) model to bring people together from a range of backgrounds in public health to focus on developing a specific research protocol to attract external funding.

Any member can suggest a research idea which can then be circulated to other network members.

    Our Research Development Groups

    The RDG Model

    • NIPHRN member has a research idea
    • Member completes short enquiry form detailing data
    • Idea is circulated to network members
    • Interested members express an interest in the research idea
    • Multi-disciplinary RDG is formed
    • RDG meets regularly to develop proposal
    • Evidence from research project feeds back to the public health community