Irish Cancer Society-SFI Collaborative Cancer Research Centre (CCRC) Programme 2014


SFI is committed to funding excellent science that will deliver strongly on impact, thus realising significant benefits for the Irish economy and Irish society. Forming partnerships with key stakeholders is a major goal to ensuring excellent science is driven into the market and society.

The Irish Cancer Society’s mission as the national cancer charity is to eliminate cancer. To achieve this, one of the Society’s goals is to lead excellent, collaborative research in Ireland. The Society believes that the quality of cancer care available in Ireland depends on the quality of cancer research taking place in the country and that collaboration between scientists and clinicians is essential to driving improved medical care and better outcomes for patients.

SFI and the Irish Cancer Society have partnered with a view to jointly funding an Irish Cancer Society-SFI Collaborative Cancer Research Centre (CCRC). This Centre will build on the substantial national investment in biomedical research to date, and will be expected to become a world-leading Research Centre that delivers excellence with impact. The CCRC will consolidate research activities across higher education institutions and teaching hospitals by bringing together translational, clinical and population health researchers from the field of cancer with researchers from areas such as engineering and ICT to leverage powerful interdisciplinary synergies to develop new insights into cancer and deliver new approaches to treatment. The CCRC must focus on unmet medical needs within the area of cancer and must establish partnerships with industry and other major stakeholders, to drive the research towards the development of new approaches and advances to reduce the economic and social burden of cancer in Ireland.

Objectives of the Irish Cancer Society-SFI CCRC Programme 2014:

  • Achieve, maintain and enhance research excellence and leadership
  • Stimulate beneficial and lasting collaboration between researchers by combining expertise from population-based, translational and clinical cancer research
  • Undertake joint research projects with industry and other relevant parties to accelerate translation of research from bench to bedside through innovative clinical studies which will deliver significant economic and societal impact to Ireland
  • Train and educate a cohort of engineers, scientists, clinicians and clinician-scientists
  • Attract additional non-Exchequer funding through industry sources and external research-funding organisations


Duration: 5 years

Award Size: €7.5M award

  • €6.75M in direct costs from Irish Cancer Society and SFI
  • Required minimum industry cash cost share of €750k

How to Apply

The application procedure for the Irish Cancer Society-SFI Collaborative Cancer Research Centre call will be managed as a two stage evaluation process.

Stage 1 – Pre-Proposal Evaluation (Irish Cancer Society)

Pre-proposal applications must be submitted to the Irish Cancer Society by email to and must formatted using the Stage 1 Pre-proposal Application Form template provided.

Prior to the submission of pre-proposal applications, applicant groups must provide a proposal title and abstract (max. 200 words) to This information is mandatory and is required by the Irish Cancer Society for planning purposes. This abstract must be submitted to the Irish Cancer Society no later than 12th May 2014, 13:00 Dublin local time.

Stage 2 – Full Proposal Evaluation (Science Foundation Ireland)

Following the pre-proposal evaluation stage, successful applicants will be invited to submit full proposals to Science Foundation Ireland. 

Key Dates 

April 14th, 2014:

Webinar, 2pm (Dublin local time)

May 12th, 2014:

Deadline for submission of abstracts, 1pm (Dublin local time)

June 3rd, 2014:

Deadline for pre-proposal submission, 1pm (Dublin local time)

August 25th, 2014:

Deadline for full proposal submission, 1pm (Dublin local time)


Full details on the programme call and submission requirements can be found in the proposal call document. Please read the documentation carefully in advance of queries and submission.


A webinar took place o on Monday, April 14th at 2pm (Irish time). A link to view the webinar will be available soon. 


For general programme-related queries please contact either the Irish Cancer Society ( or Science Foundation Ireland (

For queries relating to Stage 1 of the evaluation process please contact the Irish Cancer Society at

For queries relating to Stage 2 of the evaluation process please contact Science Foundation Ireland at