Psycho-Oncology Research Award 2019

Psychological and social challenges can arise from a cancer diagnosis, its treatment, or even recovery. These challenges can affect the individual with cancer, their caregiver, or their family. The field of psycho-oncology seeks to understand and address these challenges along the entire cancer journey in addition to determining the psychological, behavioural, and social factors that may influence the disease process1. 

Psychosocial symptoms are often deprioritised in favour of acute physical aspects of cancer care. However, as treatments advance and more people are living with and beyond cancer, we must increase the recognition of, and provide support for, psycho-oncology in Ireland.

As highlighted in the National Cancer Strategy 2017-20261 , Psycho-oncology services in Ireland are severely lacking, with only two out of eight of the designated cancer centres having a dedicated psycho-oncology service. As part of this strategy the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) are seeking to develop psycho-oncology services and have recently appointed a new National Clinical Lead for Psycho-oncology.

However, more work is still required that seeks to stimulate growth and build research capacity within the psycho-oncology space in Ireland. In line with this, and in support of the National Cancer Strategy, the Irish Cancer Society and the NCCP are inviting applications for the Psycho-Oncology Research Award 2019. The aim of this award is to stimulate, develop, and support psycho-oncology research in the Republic of Ireland.

1. The National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026:

How to apply

Eligible applicants can submit an application through the Irish Cancer Society Grant Tracker online system.


Application deadline:

Submission deadline: 3pm Wednesday 24 July 2019

Related documents

For more information on eligibility criteria, funding etc please read the Guidelines for Applicants.

Date Last Reviewed: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019