Social and Allied Health Sciences Stimulus Award

Call for applications

The purpose of the Irish Cancer Society Social and Allied Health Sciences Stimulus Award is to provide early- to mid-stage cancer researchers, nurses, and allied health professionals (including but not limited to clinical psychology, occupational therapy, social work, dietetics, or physiotherapy, etc.) 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 applicant 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
  • build capacity in underexplored areas
  • support the career development of the researcher, nurse, or allied health professional
  • foster national and international collaborations to promote innovation
  • help develop key policies which aim to improve cancer outcomes
  • help find a strategic output that will be impactful to the cancer community
  • further the cancer research knowledge base

Successful proposals will advance a) research capability, and/or b) inform social, economic, and political policy, and/or c) cancer service provision at local and national levels, both during and beyond the lifetime of the proposed project. As such, the outputs from this grant should stimulate research development, changes in policy, or changes in service provision.

It is expected that within 12 months of the completion of the stimulus funding period:

  • a competitive proposal for a sizable research project will be submitted to an external funding organisation


  • a policy document likely to significantly impact cancer care, services, relevant laws, or strategic government policy will be completed.


  • a cancer service evaluation technical report/monograph will be completed with guidance on service improvement and its operationalisation locally and nationally

Applications are sought from academic researchers, nurses, or allied health professionals in their chosen area of social or allied health sciences cancer research*.

This award is therefore intended to fund research in the social and allied health sciences. Applicants wishing to apply for funding for projects within the areas of basic or translational science should apply to the Biomedical Science Stimulus Award**.

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

*Please note you cannot apply for both Biomedical and Social and Allied Health Science Stimulus award grant calls. You must apply for the Biomedical Science research grant or the Social and Allied Health Sciences research grant, not both. Please ensure you are using the relevant application on the Irish Cancer Society Gateway Grant Tracker online system before proceeding. Applicants that apply for both awards will be disqualified.

**If you are unsure of which award category is applicable to your project, please contact and we can advise.

Eligibility Criteria 

Please read the following eligibility criteria carefully. If you are uncertain of your eligibility or for further information on the eligibility criteria, please contact grants@irishcancer before applying.

The Stimulus Award is open to:

  • academic researchers in the social or allied health sciences
  • nurses and allied health professionals working with those affected by cancer

Academic researchers must:

  • have a doctoral research degree
  • have a strong commitment to progressing their career in cancer research
  • have a minimum of two years research experience following their doctoral degree (time since date of thesis submission)

Nurses and allied health professionals must:

  • be a qualified nurse registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)


  • be an allied health professional from any background relevant to cancer research or care (including but not limited to clinical psychology, occupational therapy, social work, dietetics, or physiotherapy, etc.) who meets the requirements for associated professional accreditation (as relevant)
  • have a proven track record in research, culminating in three or more first author publications in peer-reviewed academic journals (alternative research outputs may be considered eligible e.g., monographs. In such instances, candidates should contact before applying)

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


The maximum funding granted for the Social and Allied Health Sciences Stimulus Award is €30,000 over 12 months.

Applicant Guidelines

More information on the Social and Allied Health Sciences 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 Social and Allied Health Sciences 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 contact Dr Christopher Crockford on +353 1 2316 583.

Guidelines, FAQs and Templates

Date Last Reviewed: 
Wednesday, June 21, 2017