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The Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety (RCQPS) is a collaborative initiative between the Health Research Board, the Health Service Executive, National Quality Improvement Team and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It was established in 2013 to advance nationally relevant research in the area of quality and patient safety (QPS).
The model used for this scheme involves collaboration between knowledge users and academic researchers. Those interested in partaking in QPS research are encouraged to register onto the RCQPS Database. The database will be circulated to support and enhance collaboration on research proposals.
The duration of awards is between 3 and 12 months and research findings from awards need to have a strong potential to be implemented in the Irish health and social care system during and after the end of the grant. Funding available is up to €140,000 per project including overheads contribution.
Since its inception, nine awards (and one pilot study) have been funded, amassing to an approximate €2.8 million investment in healthcare research. RCPI manage the application and peer review process and the HRB manage funded projects.
In April 2019, RCQPS pledged a further €1.6 million to quality and patient safety research over the next three years.
On 29 June 2020 the Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety (RCQPS) launched a funding opportunity to support Ireland's research response into the virus outbreak.
The COVID-19 crisis has meant health and social care systems have had to rapidly adapt and put new processes and procedures in place for patients and all healthcare-related workers. There is a unique opportunity to learn from these adaptations and to improve the quality of approaches throughout and beyond this pandemic.
The funding process will proceed quickly. It is expected that successful projects will begin in early October 2020, and that project staff will mostly be redeployed rather than specifically recruited. Host institutions are required to treat awards arising from the call with utmost urgency.
To apply, please download the application form and guidance notes below.
The deadline for applications is 17 July 2020. Proposals should be sent electronically to RCQPS at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1 pm.
Research proposals are invited under the following COVID-19 specific Quality and Patient Safety themes:
The submission deadline for applications is 17 July 2020. Proposals should be sent electronically to RCQPS at email@example.com no later than 1 pm. It is the responsibility of all applicants to ensure that all sections of the application form are completed appropriately. Expedited timelines apply throughout the process.
A completed Host Institute signature page must be included with your application. Due to COVID-19 electronic or typed signatures are acceptable in this instance.
A completed Lead Applicants signature page must be included with your application. Due to COVID-19 electronic or typed signatures are acceptable in this instance.
To expedite the process, Collaboration Agreement Forms from each official collaborator will be requested during contracting and not as part of the application. Forms will be made available during the process and given a very tight timeline for contact negotiation it is recommended that Lead Applicants collate these documents as soon as possible.
“This is a huge opportunity to immediately improve the quality of patient care.”
Dr Philip CrowleyDirector of National Quality Improvement Team, Health Service Executive
On average it takes 17 years for health research to translate into clinical practice. Translation of research into patient benefit more rapidly is a policy priority of the Irish healthcare system. In order to aid this process of knowledge translation the RCQPS issue calls for research proposals from a team comprising experienced researchers and those at the forefront of healthcare services and policy-making (termed knowledge users) to address nationally relevant research in the area of quality and patient safety. This collaborative model has been proposed as the most likely to ensure that research findings are relevant and responsive and can influence decision making in the health and social care system.
In 2019, for Cycle 6 RCQPS introduced themes of national priority in the area of QPS under which applicants focused their proposed research. The overarching theme for 2019 was Quality Improvement.
In 2020, for Cycle 7 RCQPS COVID-19 call is inviting applications under the following COVID-19 specific QPS themes:
RCQPS awards typically provide funding up to a maximum award value of €280,000 (inclusive of overheads) for projects.
However, in 2020 for the RCQPS COVID-19 Call, funding available is up to €140,000 per project including overheads contribution.
Applications should be made on behalf of a team which is made up of academic researchers and knowledge users (people in positions of authority to influence and/or make decisions about health policy or the delivery of services and can act to ensure that the findings of the research will be translated to influence decision making and change within their (or other) organisations). The applicant team should designate a Lead Applicant from the research team and the knowledge user team. Research findings will have a direct impact on decision-making in the knowledge user organisation and it must be clear how the knowledge user will be integrated throughout the project. Researchers should be at mid-stage or senior stage in their career. Experience in patient-orientated and clinical research, population health research and/or health services research is essential.
Academic researchers and knowledge users interested in partaking in quality and patient safety research are encouraged to register onto the RCQPS Database
Once a call is approved by the HRB Board, all those registered on the RCQPS Database will be contacted with information regarding applying for funding.
We owe it to patients to allocate funding responsibly and ensure the maximum positive health impact. Each research application is carefully assessed and scored by grant selection panels composed of experts from the scientific community including quality improvement and patient safety, with experience working on collaborative projects with clinician leadership and health services management for knowledge exchange activities.
We consider both scientific and knowledge translation criteria with equal weighting:
Scientific criteria (50% weighting)
Knowledge translation criterion (50% weighting)
‘Quality and patient safety are a key priority for health service delivery. This partnership approach helps ensure we ask the right research questions to develop evidence informed solutions to real health system challenges that improve people’s health and health care delivery’.
Dr Darrin MorrisseyChief Executive at the Health Research Board
RCQPS research coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org