Awards & Grants

EONS awards are designed to recognise excellence in the field of cancer nursing. This might mean an outstanding contribution to clinical practice, a research innovation or high-quality work in nurse education.

ECND20 Strengthening Equality in Healthcare Award

This Year of the Nurse and Midwife we decided to recognise two outstanding cancer nurses for their work in a special ‘ECND Strengthening Equality in Healthcare Award’. We received some excellent nominations which were assessed carefully by the EONS Board.

In the context of cancer, health inequalities result in patients having poor access to specialised treatment and being deprived of the opportunity to be cared for by specialised healthcare professionals, including cancer nurses.
“Providing competent, specialised, safe and equal treatment options to patients requires a collective effort among healthcare professionals, institutions and policy makers.
“From a cancer nursing perspective, there is a strong commitment to addressing and ultimately eliminating health inequalities. EONS is actively supporting these efforts by awarding the ECND Strengthening Equality in Healthcare Award 2020 to two excellent cancer nurses acknowledging their contribution to reducing inequalities in healthcare.”  

EONS President Andreas Charalambous

On the eve of European Cancer Nursing Day (18 May), EONS President Andreas Charalambous announced the winners: Bodil Westman, Sweden, and Celia Diez de los Rios, Spain. Many congratulations to them both! They will receive free registration to the EONS13 conference in September. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the award.

Novice Research Dissemination Award

2021 saw two winners of this award: Mary van Zyl, UK and Marco Di Nitto, Italy – Congratulations to them both!

Winners: Mary van Zyl, UK and Marco Di Nitto, Italy

Read both abstracts to find out about their research.

2020 saw two winners of this award: Phillipa Jupp and Lin Cheng. Congratulations to them both!

Phillipa Jupp won with a presentation on patient and staff experiences of online clinics, drawing on the findings of an in-depth patient questionnaire. Phillipa also found that nurse- and pharmacist-led telephone services can be a useful tool as pressure on services increases. This hands-on research will be extremely beneficial in the drive to take cancer nursing forward using new and existing technologies.

Lin Cheng’s abstract was entitled “Self-management interventions can promote health-related quality of life after primary treatment for early-stage breast cancer, but to what extent? A critical synthesis of the evidence.” The conclusion was that SMIs are potentially effective after primary treatment for breast cancer, although effect sizes are small and inconsistent across HRQoL domains, and recommended that more rigorous development and testing, as well as co-creation with potential recipients from the early development stages or at the refinement phase. 

About the Novice Research Dissemination Award

This award is an initiative of the EONS Research Working Group that was launched in 2013. The award is intended to give cancer nurses, who are relatively new to research, an opportunity to present their research at an international conference. Therefore, it is only open to cancer nurses who have not yet presented their research outside their own country.

To be eligible for the award, the abstract presenter/lead author must:

  • Be a cancer nurse with less than five years’ research experience
  • Be an EONS member (either an individual member or a member of her/his national oncology nursing society)
  • Have no previous experience of presenting their research at an international conference.

Applicants for the Novice Dissemination Award will be contacted and requested to submit supporting documents to confirm their eligibility, including:

  • Cover letter (1 page)
  • CV (<2 pages)
  • Letter from line manager/supervisor confirming the applicants’ eligibility.

If the abstract presenter/lead author cannot prove that they are meeting the specified eligibility criteria, they will not be considered for the award.

EONS Lifetime Achievement Award

The EONS Lifetime Achievement Award is designed to honour an outstanding personal and professional contribution made by an individual to the field of cancer nursing.

To be considered for this award, a person must have made a significant contribution to cancer nursing during their professional career. This contribution could be in clinical practice, leadership, research or education – or a combination of these.

Lifetime Achievement Award 2021
Many congratulations to Lena Sharp, Sweden, who has received the EONS Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding personal and professional contribution to the field of cancer nursing and for her strong involvement as a role model in cancer nursing leadership. Lena is a former President of EONS.

Lena Sharp

Lifetime Achievement Award 2020
Huge CONGRATULATIONS go to former EONS President Erik van Muilekom (pictured), from the Netherlands, who has received the EONS Lifetime Achievement Award 2020!

Erik van Muilekom started his nursing career in 1987. After his general training, he specialised in oncology and became a staff nurse at a surgical ward for abdominal surgery at the Netherlands Cancer Instituut-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital in Amsterdam. He became a clinical nurse specialist in 2001 and finished his master degree in Advanced Nursing Practice in 2007. His focus in uro-oncology is the care and treatment of patients with localized and metastasised prostate, bladder and penile cancer, in a standard care and clinical trial setting. Erik has held many senior positions in the cancer nursing field. He has also been a faculty member of the prestigious EONS-ESO Masterclass.

Erik van Muilekom

Lifetime Achievement Award 2019
The award was given to Elisabeth Patiraki to acknowledge her high commitment to cancer patients and advancing cancer nursing and for her strong involvement in EONS as a former EONS Board member, former member of the EONS Research WG and for her lasting involvement in enhancing and endorsing multi-professionality and building bridges across all disciplines. The Award was presented during the EONS12 Congress at ESMO 2019.

Elisabeth Patiraki

RECaN Award

The RECaN Award is presented annually to a cancer nurse who has made an outstanding contribution.

Amanda Drury

The 2021 Award was presented to Amanda Drury, Ireland, for her work as a role model in the EONS Young Cancer Work Network.

Michaela Popelkova

The 2020 Award was presented to Michaela Popelkova, Czech Republic
Michaela graduated as a nurse in 2017 at the 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, in Prague. The topic of her bachelor thesis was “Multidisciplinary care of the patient with breast cancer”. She was fascinated by cancer nursing and decided to work at the Oncology Department in Motol University Hospital in Prague – inpatient unit and day unit. She became a chief nurse of these units after one year. Michaela attended the ESO-EONS Masterclass in Oncology Nursing in 2018 in Budapest. She is an active member of the Czech Nurses Association – Oncology Section, and tries to improve the possibilities of education for oncology nurses in the Czech Republic. Michaela was a member of the Czech oncology nurses team which won the right to host ECND2019 in Prague.

In 2019 at the EONS12 Conference, the RECaN Award was presented to Sara Torcato Parreira, of Portugal, for her exceptional work in setting up and supporting the EONS Young Cancer Nurse (YCN) Group.

Sara Torcato Parreira

In 2018 the first RECaN Award was presented to Lemme-Liis Jääger, from Estonia, at the EONS11 conference in Germany.

Lemme-Liis Jääger


EONS has created a range of grants, all with the ultimate purpose of encouraging nurses to do excellent work and improve the general standard of cancer nursing in Europe. Each grant represents a different opportunity for a nurse to enhance their career.

EONS Early Career Development Grant 2021

The aim of this grant is to support early career cancer nurses in  developing or conducting a  research project within their field of clinical practice. Applicants must be an early career cancer nurse, with less than ten years of experience. Applicants must not hold a doctoral degree, but may hold a predoctoral degree, e.g. RN, BSc, Graduate Diploma, MSc.

Opening date for application is 3 June 2021
Closing date for applications is  30 August 2021
Announcement of results is 30 September 2021

Application Form

* Applicants are strongly advised to read the details in the Information Sheet in the Further Information section of this page before completing the form.

2020 ESO-EONS Clinical Fellowship for Cancer Nurses

As a further follow up to the fellowship programme which was launched for the first time in 2017, we are offering again in 2020 a fellowship programme for cancer nurses in Europe as an extension of ESO’s Clinical Training Centres Fellowship programme for oncology physicians.

The aim is to encourage the reduction of variability in outcomes of cancer care between countries, as well as within regions in each country, by giving cancer professionals the chance to experience working in multiprofessional teams in accredited centres in Europe.

The nurses’ clinical training centres programme will offer cancer nurses the opportunity to spend a period of time in a clinical setting specially designed to increase knowledge, improve professional development and to encourage mobility within the EU and other countries.

At the end of the training period at the host centre, it is anticipated that candidates, as well as having improved their skills and knowledge in cancer nursing, will be given a good overview of all the issues involved in the running of a successful Cancer Unit.

ESO will refund the cancer nurse with relevant travel costs and a grant of 2000 Euros for each 4-week period. Accommodation is not provided and is to be arranged by the applicant.

Profile of the candidate

  • At least two years’ experience in clinical cancer nursing.
  • Member of an EONS member society or individual member of EONS.
  • Approval from their current employer.

Priority will be given to European cancer nurses coming from countries that do not offer specialist training in cancer nursing and nurses who have participated in an ESO-EONS Masterclass.
Eligible nurses will be able to apply for a period of 1 to 6 months, depending on the centre and the programme offered.

Centres will offer either ‘observership’ training periods (direct contact with patients is not foreseen) or ‘residency’ training periods (contact with patients is foreseen). Eligibility for either observership or a residency depends on the regulations in each country.

The following accredited centres will offer CTC fellowships to oncology nurses:

  • Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland, Bellinzona, Switzerland
  • European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy
  • Champalimaud Clinical Centre (CCC), Lisbon, Portugal
  • Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK

The programmes are outlined in the Further Information section of this page. The programme of the Royal Marsden will be available shortly.

Structured educational programme

The following are some of the direct contact education experiences that will be available to successful candidates. These are divided into clinical teaching activities common to all cancer types, as well as those specific to the different specialties and cancer types. The candidate could observe all types of cancer service during the visit. The candidate will, as an observer, follow the work of clinical cancer nurses in their daily practice.

General experience

Become an integrated member of the specific cancer team to which the candidate is attached. Attend a variety of cancer services available at the hosting centre, such as cancer wards, follow-up services, nurse-led services, clinical trial units, oncology emergency service, palliative/supportive care service and treatment units such as chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy units.

Specialty and/or disease-specific experience

Some host centres will offer disease-specific programmes for specialised nurses, please see centre programmes for details. It will be possible to discuss with each successful candidate what mix of the above suits his/her particular needs.

The cancer nurse will have a designated supervisor/mentor during the visit. The nurse and the supervisor will meet weekly to discuss progress and expectations.

The call for applications is now closed and further information will follow.

2019 ESO-EONS Clinical Fellowship for Cancer Nurses

The European School of Oncology (ESO) and the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) are pleased to inform our membership that Gabriella Mavrodin (Romania) and Nieves Gil Gomez (Spain) have been accepted for the 2019 ESO-EONS Clinical Fellowship for Cancer Nurses. Gabriella has opted to do the fellowship at the European Institute of Oncology (Milan, Italy) and Nieves preferred to do the the fellowship at the Champalimaud Clinical Centre (CCC), Lisbon, Portugal.

Both have agreed to do their fellowship from 1 to 30 October 2019.

Please find here the report from Gabriella and here the report from Nieves about their fellowship experience.

Research Travel Grant

The EONS Research Travel Grant was created to give a nurse (who must be an EONS member) the opportunity to spend time with an established researcher or research team in another country, in order to:

  • build collaborations and networks
  • improve clinical research practice in their own country
  • develop their own research skills
  • further their research idea, proposal or project.

EONS members eligible to apply for the grant include:

  • clinical research / trials nurses
  • nurse researchers in a clinical or academic setting
  • clinical nurses interested in research.

Both novice and established researchers will be considered for this grant.

The grant funds one or two visits to the host institution (including travel at economy fare, accommodation and expenses).

The focus of the grant is to build capacity and capability through a period of close working with and alongside experienced clinical and/or academic researchers.

Research Travel Grant 2020

The call for the 2020 Research Travel Grant is now closed. However, related to the health and security risks and the severe restrictions in Europe and beyond related to travel as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the EONS Research Travel Grant faculty has decided to postpone this year’s Research Travel Grant to 2021. This year’s applicants will be included for consideration for the 2021 Research Travel Grant but we kindly ask them to re- apply when the next call for the Research Travel Grant is available.