Funding Opportunities

It is expected that recipients of awards submit their work at the following IES Conference.

There are a number of different funding opportunities available:


The Basic Science Award is funded by the IES to enable researchers (clinical or non-clinical) to undertake laboratory based small research projects or pilot studies. The funding for 2021 is a grant worth a maximum of €10,000 (sterling equivalent). One award will be offered in 2021. Salary support can be requested but should not make up the entirety of the grant.

Applications will be accepted from applicants within the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland for clinical or basic science laboratory based projects. Applications are particularly welcome from younger academic researchers who are within five years of their first appointment. Applicants must demonstrate that they have a genuine research interest in Endocrinology within the island of Ireland and show that they have a full time post for the lifetime of the proposed grant.

All Applicants on the Basic Science Grant application must be fully paid members of the Irish Endocrine Society and the principal author of the study needs to be a fully paid member of the IES for the past 3 consecutive years. The Secretary of the IES can approve membership applications prior to ratification at the Annual IES AGM

Applications are to be made to Dr Paula O'Shea [email protected] The deadline for applications for the 2021 award is Thursday 2nd September 2021. The winner of the award is announced at the IES AGM.

The application form and guidelines, including the assessment criteria are attached below.

Application Form: Basic Science Grant Application Form 2021

Application Guidelines: IES Grant Scheme Guidelines 2021

2018 Basic Science Awards

Dr James Gibney and Dr Fiona McGillicuddy “High density lipoprotein particles as metabolic hormones – does diabetes alter the signalling pathways induced by these particles to increase cardiovascular risk”.

2017 Basic Science Awards

Andrew McCloskey and Professor Aine McKillop "Investigation of the mechanistic function of GPR120 in islet cell physiology using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing and intracellular signalling analysis"

2016 Basic Science Awards

Prof James Gibney and Dr Fiona McGillycuddy: To compare high-density lipoprotein function and composition in type 1 versus type 2 diabetes and determine relationship to early measures of atherosclerosis.

Dr Shona Pfeiffer, Prof Jochen Prehn and Dr Maria Byrne: An in vivo pre-clinical study exploring microRNA-224 (miR-224) as a new therapeutic target for the treatment of diabetes.

2015 Basic Science Awards

Dr Conall Dennedy: An investigation of the effects of oxysterols in modulating adrenocortical carcinoma.

Professor Finbarr O’Harte: Pre-clinical development of novel apelin-13 drug candidates for diabetes therapy

2014 Basic Science Awards

Professor Aine McKillop: Targeting G protein coupled receptors with novel lipid agonists as a potential therapy for type 2 diabetes

Mr Conor Kerley & Dr John McDermott: Dietary nitrate to attenuate impaired glucose tolerance: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial.

2013 Basic Science Awards

Dr Francis Finucane, Dr Amir Shafat: Title: Oral glucose breath test for diagnosis of type 2 diabetes mellitus

Dr Yasser Abdel-Wahab, Dr Peter Flatt: Title: Pharmacological studies of novel amphibian skin peptide-analogues for the treatment of type-2 diabetes

2012 Basic Science Awards

Dr N Irwin: Title: Harnessing the potential of gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP) for treatment of bone disorders

Dr K Mullan & Dr P Mullan Title: Prospective study of the effect of  25 OH Vit D and 1,25 OH2 Vit D on coronary heart disease risk : PRIME study (Prospective Epidemiological Study of Myocardial Infarction)


Aim: The aim of this award is to promote research in Endocrinology and Diabetes in Ireland.The IES offers one annual clinical research grant to the value of €10,000 for clinical research carried out predominantly in Ireland


  • The principal applicant should be an Endocrinology & Diabetes trainee and also a fully paid member of the Irish Endocrine Society and or be supervised directly by a fully paid member of the Irish Endocrine Society for the past 3 consecutive years.
  • The research should be carried out substantially within Ireland.

Application process

Availability of the award will be advertised through the Society. Applicants should submit by the closing date to the Dr Siobhan Bacon [email protected]

  1. A curriculum vitae of the principal applicant of not more than 3 pages of A4 containing relevant research experience and
  2. A completed application form
  3. Closing date 2nd September 2021 
  4. The winner of the award will be announced at the annual IES AGM in October

The Application form is: Clinical Science Award Application Form 2021

2018: Dr Julie Martin Grace and Professor Mark Sherlock “Impact of inhaled glucocorticoids on adrenal function”.

2017: Dr Claire Power

2016: Dr Rosemary Dinneen and Dr Mark Sherlock for "Optimising steroid replacement in patients with Addisons disease"

2015: Dr Paul McMullen and Dr Karen Mullan: "Iodine and selenium deficiency and the effect on thyroid function tests in pregnancy"

GradingA small group appointed by the committee will assess the applications based on how well they meet the aims of the award. Depending on this assessment they will aim to make one award to the best application. However at the discretion of the marking group the Fellowship may be divided amongst more than one applicant.


Due to CoVid-19, the summer research student bursaries have been suspended. It is hoped to announce their reintroduction at the AGM in 2021 for summer 2022. 

The Irish Endocrine Society offers three (€1,500) Summer Student Research Bursaries to encourage promising undergraduate students, medical students to pursue careers in endocrinology. The Society provides a stipend to each student award recipient to participate in research projects under the guidance of a Society member for 6 to 10 weeks during the summer. Recipients are invited to attend the Society's Annual Meeting and may be asked to present research work.

Application Requirements

  • Summary of research project, jointly prepared by Mentor and Student including Student’s role in the research project (2 page)
  • Mentor statement which includes Mentor’s role in the research project including his/her plans for training
  • Student’s CV (mailing address and contact details must be included)

Applications directly to: Antoinette Tuthill; [email protected]

The closing date for receipt of applications is  29th April 2020.

The Winners of the 2019 Summer Student Awards are:

Jack Logue (Mentors Professor Seamus Sreenan and Professor John McDermott, Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown)
Promoting appropriate discharge of uncomplicated type 2 diabetes patients from secondary to primary care.

JoonHee Kim (Mentor Dr. Maria Byrne, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital)
Phenotype, genotype and glycaemic variability in subjects with HNF1-beta mutations MODY 5. Response to appropriate therapy.

Rohil Dureja (Mentor Dr. Antoinette Tuthill, Cork University Hospital)
The Clinical Significance and Burden of Thyroid Nodules Discovered Incidentally.

The Winners of the 2018 Summer Student Awards are:

Aisling Hand (Mentor Dr Cynthia Coleman, NUIG)
Macromolecular crowding in the human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cell culture for the development of a wound healing cell therapy product.

Benjamin Agnelli (Mentor Dr Antoinette Tuthill, Cork University Hospital)
The impact of glycaemic control and hypoglycaemia on cognitive function in older patients with type 2 diabetes: a case-control study.

Niall Dalton (Mentors Dr Orla Neylon and Professor Clodagh O'Gorman, University Hospital Limerick)
Activity levels and cardiometabolic risk in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Evelyn O'Shea (Mentor Dr Antoinette Tuthill, Cork University Hospital)
Four year follow up of health outcome status in women with previous gestational diabetes.


Due to CoVid-19, the IES TRAVEL GRANTS have been suspended. It is hoped to announce their reintroduction at the AGM in 2021.

Irish Endocrine Society Travel Grants

The IES award 3 travel grants worth 750 euro each calendar year. The grants are to cover the cost of travel to relevant education or professional meetings, or to allow clinicians or scientists to travel to another centre to learn a new technique to be brought back to Ireland to facilitate patient care or research development. Preference is given to doctors and scientists in training, who are in good standing with their membership fees to the society at the time of the application. All applications should have a cover letter detailing costs, a summary statement on the nature of the meeting or collaboration and in all cases it should be countersigned by their supervisor. Applications should be sent to the Hon Treasurer/Secretary ([email protected]). Applications will be considered by the IES Committee and will be made at the discretion of the Committee.

2019 IES Travel Grants awarded to:

  • Dr Kamin Hau University of Ulster
  • Dr Delia Bogdanet NUIG
  • Dr Katarzyna Gajewska Connolly Hospital


2018 IES Travel Grants awarded to:

  • Dr Aoife Garrahy
  • Dr Derek O'Keeffe
  • Dr Andrew McCloskey


2017 IES Travel Grants awarded to:

  • Dr Derek O'Keeffe
  • Dr Ruth Casey
  • Dr Sagar Vyavahare


2016 IES Travel Grants awarded to:

  • Dr Derek O'Keeffe attending American Thyroid Association meeting
  • Dr Lisa Owens attending American Endocrine meeting, Boston 2016
  • Dr Ruth Casey attending American Endocrine meeting, Boston 2016


EASD Lilly Travel Awards

The IES award up to 10 travel grants to the EASD Annual Meeting to the value of 1,200 euro each. The grants are generously supported by LILLY Ireland and the IES are grateful to LILLY for their ongoing support of this annual grant. The grants are to cover the cost of travel and expenses to the EASD Annual Meeting. Preference is given to doctors and scientists in training, who are in good standing with their membership fees to the society at the time of the application. Applications should be sent to the Hon Treasurer/Secretary and are in the form of a letter detailing costs and should contain a statement acknowledging support from their direct supervisor to attend this meeting and be countersigned their supervisor. Applications should be sent to Hon Treasurer/Secretary ([email protected]). Applications will be considered by the IES Committee and will be made at the discretion of the Committee.

2019 EASD Travel Grants awarded to:

  • Dr Aoife Garraghy
  • Dr Audrey Melvin
  • Dr Helen Wallace
  • Dr Yasser Abdul Wahab
  • Dr Keith Rochfort
  • Dr Dileep Kumar
  • Professor Donal O'Gorman
  • Dr Ridhwaan SalahMohamed
  • Dr Hana Alhaj
  • Dr Loai Shakerdi


2018 EASD Travel Grants awarded to:

  • Keith Rochfort DCU
  • Robert D'Arcy (Queens)
  • Elena Hennessy (CUH)
  • Zia Hussain (Beaumont)
  • Emma Harper (DCU)
  • Andrew McCloskey (University of Ulster)
  • Chris McLaughlin (University of Ulster)
  • Abdelrahim Alqudah (Queens)
  • Katarzyna Gajewska (RCSI)
  • Mohammad Mustafa (NUIG)


2017 EASD Travel Grants awarded to:

  • Dr Christine Newman
  • Dr Ferrah Shaamile
  • Dr Emma Harper
  • Dr Anne Marie Hannon
  • Dr Ana Rakovic Tisdall
  • Dr Keith Rochfort
  • Dr Loai Shakerdi
  • Dr Lana McClements
  • Dr Mohamed Elsabbagh
  • Dr Delia Bogdanet
IRISH ENDOCRINE SOCIETY CoVid-19 in Endocrinology GRANT 2020

This closing date for this grant has passed. Any enquires can be made to the Secretary as regards any proposal after the closing date. 

Call for a research proposal in CoVid-19 in Endocrinology

Clinical and basic science grants are to be replaced this year with a single “Covid-19 in Endocrinology” grant to the value of €20,000. There are no strict criteria but applications are encouraged and they should be submitted by email to the Secretary [email protected] The application should be structured as follows: Abstract; Rationale; Aims; Methodology; Outcomes and on not more than three A4 pages, font size of 12 minimum. The closing date will be May 31st 2020. In view of the short time-frame, full ethical approval is not required prior to submitting the grant. However any likely ethical issues that might arise should be identified and addressed in the application. Funding will not be paid out until ethical approval is in place. Priority will be given to applications which include three or more institutions, and ideally have an element of cross-border collaboration. Informal queries and applications are to be made through the Secretary [email protected]