Irish Cancer Society Research Awards 2021

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Research funded by the Irish Cancer Society continues to drive important improvements in the Irish cancer research landscape. Our work now encompasses that of individual researchers from PhD students to Principle Investigators, and with our support of larger Collaborative Cancer Research Centres, we are driving a national, multi-disciplinary approach to find new and innovative ways to improve cancer outcome. 
To acknowledge and celebrate the work of all our researchers, in universities, clinics and elsewhere, we will be hosting the Irish Cancer Society Research Awards virtually on 24 February 2021. 

Award Nominations

This year there are three categories:

PhD Scholar

The PhD Scholar of the Year finalists have already been selected for our 2021 awards. The three candidates will be presenting on the night and looking for your vote to win!

The application process is currently open for the remaining two categories as follows:

Senior Researcher of the Year:

Any researcher post-PhD, who are wholly or partly funded by the Irish Cancer Society are eligible to apply. Applications are welcome from those currently funded or with contracts that ended in 2020. Please submit a short personal statement outlining why you should be considered for this award (200 words max) and a lay research abstract (300 words max). Both of these should be written in lay terms, and use non-technical language. Applications must also be accompanied by a strong letter of support from your supervisor or mentor.

Research Support Staff:

Nominees for this category are not required to be part or wholly funded by the Irish Cancer Society but they must support the work of those who are. The description ‘Support Staff’ refers to any staff member in your group, at any level, who offers supervision, mentorship and support. This includes but is not limited to: research assistants, technical staff, registration officers, lab managers, research nurses, data managers, administrative staff (including project/programme managers, research manager/coordinators) etc. Here we are looking for someone who on a daily basis goes above and beyond the call of duty to support the research being carried out. Nominations in this category must be from a third party familiar with the nominee; you cannot nominate yourself in this category. Nomination should consist of a letter of support from one or more Irish Cancer Society-funded researchers explaining why the nominees should be considered for this award.

How to apply

All nominations should be emailed to The deadline for applications to category 2 and 3 is Monday, 1 February 2021. Please note that applicants who are shortlisted must be available to present their work virtually at our Research Awards on the afternoon of Wednesday, 24 February 2021.

Event registration:

This event will be held over Zoom. It will be open to members of the public. Please keep an eye on our social media channels for further details on how to register. 

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