How we decide what research to fund


As a charity funded by public donations, the Irish Cancer Society is proud to have invested over €27 Million in life-saving cancer research in Ireland since 2010.

We fund a broad range of research from basic laboratory research examining the underlying mechanisms of cancer, to population-based cancer research that examines the risk factors associated with cancer in the population, in addition to clinical research that investigates the benefits of new treatments or tests for cancer patients. Our Social Sciences research programmes are dedicated to survivorship research that seeks to improve the quality of life of those living with and beyond cancer. We have funded hundreds of projects over the years leading to many discoveries. 

Funding Call

While the Irish Cancer Society welcomes applications for funding from all areas of cancer research, we as a Society do not get to choose which applications or cancer areas get funded. The way in which our research funding process usually operates is through a funding call - i.e. we publicly advertise the funding opportunity, and it is open to those who want to apply and meet the eligibility criteria.


To decide which projects are funded, external experts from outside Ireland review the applications for us and recommend which ones should be funded. In this way, the Irish Cancer Society remain completely impartial to the decision making process. The Irish Cancer Society is committed to putting patients, families, survivors, supporters and the public at the very heart of what we do. In keeping with this promise, Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is embedded in all of our research funding decisions. This means that a patient advocate is part of the grant review and decision award process alongside the international experts.

If you would like more detailed information about the Irish Cancer Society’s spending and financial transparency, please see here.

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