Information for Researchers


Research Development Office

The Research Development Office (RDO) provides many supports for current, new, and incoming researchers. These include information on funding, ethics, procurement, and relevant Maynooth University policies.

Bitesize Guides

We currently have three bitesize guides on GDPR available, with more on the way: 

Data Protection FAQs

General Data Protection FAQs can be found on our website under the What is GDPR? tab on our website.

DPIAs - Completing a Data Protection Impact Assessment

We have a page set up on the Data Protection website to explain what is involved in completing a DPIA, should you need one. This page also includes a short pre-screening form that we will review to assess whether you need to fill out a full impact assessment or not. More information on DPIAs can be found on the DPC's website. DPIAs are living documents which should be kept updated if any details of a project change. They are vital to have when a project involves processing personal data. They are also completed when a research project may have to engage with a third party, like another University or a hospital, or even a software provider of some sort.

Health Research Regulations

The Health Research Board (HRB) provides information on supports to research which improves people's health, promotes evidence-informed care and creates solutions to societal changes. Information on the Health Research Regulations related to GDPR can be found at this address. Additional information on the amendments to these regulations can be found on the Government's website at this address.

NCTO - National Clinical Trials Office

The HRB's National Clinical Trials Office (NCTO) was established in 2021 to provide support in conducting multi-centre clinical trials and investigations across Ireland.

HRDPN Guide for Health Researchers

The Health Research Data Protection Network developed a practical guide on data protection aiming to assist health researchers in particular. It contains helpful explanations of the main relevant aspects of GDPR, personal data, what a researcher may need to know about Controllers and Processors, and much more.