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The SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) Programme (formerly the HRB Scholars Programme is an innovative and ambitious research programme in population health and health services research (PHHSR) funded by the Health Research Board (HRB).

The SPHeRE Programme will provide education and training for five cohorts of PhD scholars annually (2013-2017). Additionally, our overall aim is to produce a national integrated facility that meets the growing demand for high quality graduates in PHHSR and improves the quality and relevance of such research in Ireland by:

  • Moving to a national programme (expansion to all ROI HEIs)
  • Encompassing population health research
  • Building a knowledge translation network (better capacity and inter-connectivity)
  • Upgrading the national skills base (greater access to, and promotion of the SPHeRE programme)

Please see the SPHeRE Programme website for further details.