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Cancer Nursing Research – Project Development Grant 2016
Training / Career Development
Opening Date:
25 May 2015
Closing Date:
4 September 2015

Background to call:

For over a decade, the Health Research Board (HRB) under the auspices of the All-Ireland Cancer Consortium has supported costs for activities prioritised by the Nursing Working Group (NWG) of the Consortium.

The NWG in partnership with the HRB now wish to invite applications for a project development grant to enhance cancer nursing research capacity in the area of cancer control.

Scope of the call: 

The scheme is aimed at nurses of outstanding potential engaged in clinical practice to complete a research project development grant that proposes to impact on local and/or national care delivery in areas relevant to cancer control (listed below) and should lead to a future proposal for a research fellowship or a project grant, and integration of evidence into their clinical work.

The proposed research should focus on one of the following areas relevant to cancer control:

  1. Quality of Life - from diagnosis to survivorship
  2. Patient outcomes
  3. Communication - patient information and education
  4. Psycho-social wellbeing & support.

In the context of the Cancer Consortium, structured visits to Northern Ireland and/or the United States must be applied for by the lead applicant to ensure the research team acquires the necessary breadth and depth of research expertise and/or experience of cancer care required in the design and development of their proposal.

Awards will be in the region of €10,000 to €20,000 with a maximum award value of €20,000 inclusive of overheads for up to 18 months in duration. One or two awards will be granted.

Who should apply? 

The Project Development Grant is aimed at nurses working in cancer care within a healthcare or education facility in the Republic of Ireland.

The scheme is primarily targeted at those engaged in clinical practice (cancer nursing), but applicants currently working in a higher education institute may apply where they can demonstrate appropriate levels of practice-based experience and where the focus of their application is justified and relevant to the objectives of this scheme.  

  • Must provide proof of professional registration from the appropriate authorized body in the Republic of Ireland
  • Must be able to demonstrate at least 12 months whole time equivalent (WTE) experience in cancer nursing since professional registration
  • Must demonstrate research experience at primary or master’s degree level in a relevant discipline
  • Must provide evidence of appropriate mentoring arrangements to provide appropriate academic and clinical/practice-based support. These individuals should be suitably qualified and together demonstrate the expertise relevant to the project with regard to the methodology and the research area. Each mentor will provide the applicant with the necessary research guidance and training
  • Applicants should currently be employed in a practice based role in healthcare or be in a post related to practice in a higher education institute in Ireland. Applicants must either: provide direct care for people with cancer in Ireland or be involved in the delivery of education for nurses providing direct care for people with cancer in Ireland.   See Guidance notes for further requirements. 

All application forms must be submitted to:

Terry Hanan,Nursing Development Co-ordinator, National Cancer Control Programme via email at  

The deadline for submission of complete applications is Friday, 4 September 2015 at 13.00.


Any questions about the call should be directed to: 

Terry Hanan 
Nursing Development Co-ordinator 
National Cancer Control Programme 

The HRB is committed to an open and competitive process underpinned by international peer review. Following an initial eligibility check applications will be considered by a Grant Selection Panel and shortlisted for interview in the week of 28 September 2015. Final recommendations will be made to the Board of the HRB for approval in October 2015.  

Grant writing workshop

A grant writing workshop will be held on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 to give applicants an opportunity to learn more about the grant on offer and to support them with the application process. The programme for this event is available in the document PDG 2016 Workshop Agenda (see below). Please email Terry Hanan terry.hanan(at) to reserve a place.

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