Cancer Research Engagement Awards 2021 (open for applications)

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As the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland, the Irish Cancer Society is committed to putting patients, families, carers, survivors, supporters and the public at the very heart of what we do. 

A key priority in the new Irish Cancer Society strategy 2020-2025 is to invest in world-class cancer research that will ultimately bring about a positive change to the lives of people affected by cancer. We do this by ensuring that all the research that we fund will have an impact and make a difference to people affected by cancer.  Fundamental to driving forward impactful cancer research is ensuring that people with cancer are informed about, engaged with, and involved in cancer research. 

As part of this this commitment, the Irish Cancer Society wishes to invite eligible cancer researchers to submit an application for the Cancer Research Engagement Award 2021.

The Cancer Research Engagement Awards will provide funding for researchers based in the Republic of Ireland to organise engagement activities to promote cancer research to people affected by cancer and the public. The Irish Cancer Society particularly welcomes projects and initiatives which promote participation and equity of access for individuals and groups from hard to reach and under-represented populations.

A blended approach to public engagement can foster more inclusivity and greater participation with cancer research across Ireland. Therefore, given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, ‘virtual’ and ‘blended’ projects will be considered for this award, once they fulfil all eligibility criteria.


The maximum funding granted for the Cancer Research Engagement Award is €2,500* over a 12-24 month period. The society will fund at least four awards in 2021.

* This funding is intended for engagement activities only. It cannot be used to support a cancer research project.

How to apply

Applications must be completed and submitted through the Irish Cancer Society Gateway Grant Tracker online system. In order to submit an online application, you are required to register at the following address:

Deadline for applications: 3.00pm, Wednesday 8 September 2021

Key dates*

Monday, 26 July 2021Applications open
3.00pm, Wednesday, 8 September 2021Application deadline
September 2021Detailed review of applications
October 2021Awardee announcement

* Dates are subject to change. 

Please see the Guidelines for Applicants for more information

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