Biomedical Science Stimulus Award

Call for applications

The purpose of the Irish Cancer Society Biomedical Science Stimulus Award is to provide early-stage postdoctoral cancer researchers with an opportunity to drive forward an existing research project which, if given an extra injection of funding, has the potential to be both highly competitive and impactful. Ultimately it is expected that this award will act as a launch pad for the researcher to pursue large scale extramural funding, and expedite their career development within the Irish cancer community.

The aims of the Stimulus Award are to:

  • support activities necessary to evolve an existing research project to a point where it can be considered competitive for leveraging large-scale extramural funding
  • support the career development of the early-stage cancer researcher
  • foster national and international collaborations
  • promote innovation
  • further the cancer research knowledge base

Successful proposals will advance research capability in this area, both during and beyond the lifetime of the proposed project. It is expected that within 12 months of the completion of the stimulus funding period, the research project will have the capacity to be submitted as a competitive proposal to leverage sizable funding from external funding organisations.

Applications are sought from post-doctoral research fellows in their chosen area of biomedical cancer research. Please note that for the purpose of this award, we define biomedical research as research within the areas of basic or translational science.

Academic researchers, nurses, or allied health professionals wishing to apply for funding for projects within the areas of social or allied health sciences cancer research should apply to the Social and Allied Sciences Stimulus Award.

The research must take place at an Institution in the Republic of Ireland.

Eligibility Criteria 

Applications from individuals that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be assessed. We therefore strongly recommend you read the following to be made aware of requirements:

The Stimulus award is open to:

  • untenured postdoctoral scientists

Applicants must:

  • have a doctoral degree
  • have a strong commitment to progressing their career in cancer research
  • not be tenured for a lectureship position at the time of applying for the Stimulus Award
  • have between two and nine years research experience following their doctoral degree (time since date of thesis submission)*.

The research must take place at an Institution in the Republic of Ireland.

* In certain circumstances where eligible leave has been taken applicants may extend their period of eligibility. Please contact for more information.


The maximum funding granted for the Biomedical Science Stimulus Award is €30,000 over 12 months.

Applicant Guidelines

More information on the Biomedical Science Stimulus Award can be found in the Applicant GuidelinesPlease carefully read through these guidelines and FAQs before making an application. 

Important dates

Closing date: 3pm Wednesday, 24 October 2018

How to apply

Applications to the Biomedical Science Stimulus Award can be made through the Irish Cancer Society Gateway Grant Tracker online system. Please ensure that you are using the correct application that is relevant to the specific field of your research proposal *.

* Applicants that apply using the incorrect application procedure for their specific field of research will be rejected.


Please note a webinar was held on the 2nd October 2018 to give further guidance on completing the application and the PPI process. 

The webinar for the Biomedical Science Stimulus Award can be found here.

A transcript of the script can be found below.

Further information

Please see the Guidelines for the more details and the most up-to-date information. For any queries please contact or call 01 2316 627.

Guidelines, FAQs and Templates

Date Last Reviewed: 
Wednesday, June 21, 2017