Dr. Maura Hiney holds a PhD in Molecular Diagnostics and Epizootology from NUI Galway and is also a qualified nurse. She is currently Head of International Cooperation, Evaluation and Targeted Programmes at the HRB. The team works closely with policy and decision-makers in the health research system (including the Depratment of Health) to support targeted research programmes that address policy and healthcare delivery evidence gaps. The Team also has responsibility for developing HRB funding policy, driving national best practice in health relevant policy, and hosts the Horizon Europe National Delegate for Health and National Contact Point for Health, and the National Focal Point for the EU4Health Health Programme.