Systematic Reviews

Contact: Professor Joe Eustace

Director HRB Clinical Research Facility, UCC

Research funding schemes are likely to insist that a satisfactory review of the existing evidence to inform your research proposal has been completed. The staff at the HRB Clinical Research Facility Cork are available to advise and support investigators in this process (as time and resources allow).

The standard for what constitutes a satisfactory review of the existing evidence to inform your research proposal may vary. For the HRB Definitive Intervention and Feasibility Awards (2018) the standard is as follows:

  • A relevant Cochrane Systematic Review or
  • If no Cochrane Review exists, then another systematic review that is published in a peer reviewed journal or
  • If no published systematic review is identified then the Lead Applicant and research team should present the
    findings of a systematic review that they have undertaken for the purposes of the application. Importantly, in
    this case applicants are required to provide sufficient details of the methodologies employed to allow evaluate
    confidence in the findings and to allow the review to be replicated. Simple literature overviews are not
  • Additional evidence may be provided through formal input from relevant Irish patients, service users or carers. However this does not substitute for systematically gathered evidence.

(HRB 2017)

Please contact Professor Joe Eustace (HRB CRF-C Director)


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In light of the Covid-19 situation, in advance of attending for a scheduled patient visit, please confirm the visit with your research nurse.