A one year long training programme to train research leaders in the Sri Lankan health sector commenced in 2014. Participants with different backgrounds such as medical and nursing were involved in the training. The first workshop was held in October 2014 and gave a broad overview of different research methodologies and ethics. Each two day workshop is conducted by experts in the field of health and education research. One of the main objectives of this training programme is to develop research ideas, and conduct research studies which would provide policy impact for Sri Lanka. This workshop is conducted by the IRD in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.