Clinician Research Leadership Award 2021

Research clinician


A key priority in the new Irish Cancer Society strategy 2020-2025 is ensuring that Irish patients benefit from world-class cancer research and expertise. Central to this focus is fostering and cultivating research talent to ensure that Ireland is in a position to attract and retain world-class cancer research leaders whom will drive evidence-based improvements in patient care. 

In line with this, the Society seeks to work in partnership with the medical community to drive forward fundamental change across the health research landscape, as well as creating an environment where pioneering cancer research can take place.

As part of this this commitment, the Irish Cancer Society wishes to invite eligible consultants in oncology-related specialist fields to submit an application for the Clinician Research Leadership Award 2021. 

The absence of protected time for healthcare professional’s involvement in research is recognised as a significant impediment to the sustained evolution of high quality Irish cancer research. 

As called out in the 2017 National Cancer Strategy, the Irish Cancer Society recognises that cancer clinicians who have honed their expertise in leading international research centres and are looking to become the next generation of research leaders in Ireland particularly require support and protected time to be in a position to undertake and drive world-class cancer research in Ireland at a pivotal time in the evolution of their research career.   

Therefore, the purpose of the Clinician Research Leadership Award 2021 is to buy out the time of an outstanding individual who has returned to work in Ireland in the last 5 years. 

The successful applicant of this award will be supported with funding to enable them to spend two days away from clinical and administrative commitments per week over a period of two years to focus purely on developing and growing an important aspect of Irish cancer research.

This is intended to be a transformative investment for an oncology consultant who has already demonstrated that they are capable of leading active, patient-focused research but needs the extra support to enable them to accelerate their trajectory to leading and directing research based in Ireland.

Please see the Guidelines for Applicants for more information


The maximum total funding available is €75,000 per year. The maximum funding period is 24 months (i.e. maximum of €150,000 over 2 years).

Please note that this award will fund protected time for the recipient and is not for funding a specific research project or consumables.

Please see the Guidelines for Applicants for more information

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, Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Please note, the guidelines for this call were updated on 26 May 2021 to include a mentorship section. We ask all applicants to ensure they are working on this version of the guidance document.

Key dates*

3.00pm, Tuesday, 13 July 2021Deadline for online Full Application submission
July/August 2021Review of applications
Mid-September 2021Invitation to interview
Late September 2021Interviews (online)

* Dates are subject to change. Applicants must be available to attend the interview online. 

Please see the Guidelines for Applicants for more information

Guidelines and documents
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