The Health Innovation Research Alliance Northern Ireland (HIRANI) is an alliance of universities, health organisations and other industry bodies, established to drive and support ambitious growth in Northern Ireland’s Life & Health Sciences sector.


We’re supported by partners including Invest NI, Public Health Agency, HSC Research & Development Office, the Department of Health (DOH) and Department for the Economy (DOE).

The objectives of HIRANI are

  • to act as a voice for the life and health sciences sector enabling the sector to collectively promote and strategically position itself nationally and internationally.
  • to drive collaboration and connectivity across business, academia and health organisations in the life and health sciences sector.
  • to provide a front door to Northern Ireland’s life and health sciences sector and offers simple access to the resources and expertise of the region.

We’re a membership organisation, championed by universities, local government partners and leading private sector organisations, who form our Strategic Board.