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 2018 is a grant worth a maximum of €15,000 (sterling equivalent).One award will be offered in 2018. 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 members of the Irish Endocrine Society. The Secretary of the IES can approve membership applications prior to ratification at the Annual IES AGM

The deadline for applications is 29th of April 2018. 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 2018
Application Guidelines: IES grant scheme guidelines 2018

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 €15,000 for clinical research carried out predominantly in Ireland


  • The principal applicant should be an Endocrinology & Diabetes trainee and also a member of the Irish Endocrine Society or be supervised directly by a member of the Irish Endocrine Society.
  • 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 Secretary (Dr Diarmuid Smith
  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 29th of April 2018
  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 2018

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.
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; The closing date for receipt of applications is  29th April 2017.

Submissions are now closed and the winners of the 2017 Summer Student Research Award are as follows; Alan Keane, Fionnuala Reilly and Louise Kelly.

  • The IES are pleased to announce the provision of three travel grants up to the value of Euro750.00. The grants are to cover the cost of travel to educational and professional meetings.
  • Three will be available in the first six months and three from July to December.
  • Preference is given to doctors and scientists in training, who MUST be fully paid up members of the society at the time of application.
  • Applications should be sent to Dr Diarmuid Smith at and should include a Covering Letter with evidence of attendance and costings, and a supporting letter from the supervisor.
  • Applications will be considered by the IES Committee and will be made at the discretion of the Committee. Preference will be given to applications which have provided evidence of abstract submission.


EASD travel grant - submissions are now closed.
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


There were also 3 x €750 awards for the EASD travel grant, submissions are now closed for 2017 and the winners are:

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


2016 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
IES Lifetime Achievement Award
The Committee has agreed to establish a new Lifetime Achievement Award to a member of the Society for significant contribution to endocrinology and diabetes.
The Award will be presented at the Annual Conference. This is not necessarily an annual award.
IES Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:
2017: Professor Jim Devlin
2016: Professor AB Atkinson
2014: Professor Gerald Tomkin
2013: Professor Joseph McKenna
2012: Professor David Hadden