Funding Opportunities

The Irish Endocrine Society has the following 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 2022 is a grant worth a maximum of €15,000 (sterling equivalent). One award will be offered in 2022. 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 in good standing with the Irish Endocrine Society. The Secretary of the IES can approve membership applications prior to ratification at the Annual IES AGM if necessary.

Applications are to be made to Dr Paula O'Shea [email protected] The deadline for applications for the 2021 award is 31st May 2022. 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 2022

Application Guidelines: IES Grant Scheme Guidelines 2022

2022 Basic Science Award

Dr Keith Rochfort and Dr Hannah Forde "To elucidate the effect of semaglutide on a three-dimensional model of the blood retinal barrier in a diabetic setting."

Dr Marie McElroy, Prof Jochen Prehn and Prof Michael O'Reilly "Evaluation of androgen driven cancer cell estosis as a potential mechanism of endocrine therapy resistance in breast cancer."

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


  • Both the principal applicant and the supervisor should be members in good standing with 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 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 31st May 2022 
  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 2022

2022: Mairead Crowley Evaluation of glycemic control and pregnancy outcomes in women with HNF1A-MODY and HNF4A-MODY Prof. Maria M Byrne

2022: Ben Loughrey Exome Sequencing to Characterise the Pituitary Neuroendocrine Tumour Microenvironment. Supervisor Prof. Steven Hunter

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"

GradingApplications will be initially assessed by the representatives from the Committee of the Irish Endocrine Society who will assess the applications with reference to the aims of the award. If necessary, applications may be referred for external peer review. 


The Irish Endocrine Society offers three (€2,000) 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 / Supervisor 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)
  • The Mentor / Supervisor is in good standing with the Irish Endocrine Society
  • Closing date in 1st May 2022

Applications directly to: Antoinette Tuthill; [email protected]

The closing date for receipt of applications is  31st May 2022.

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.