Up to €2500

Purpose of the grant

The aim of this grant is to support early career cancer nurses in developing or conducting a research project within their field of practice.

What does it fund?

The grant must be used to cover direct research costs, e.g. patient and public involvement, software licences, methodological courses, costs for data collection and analysis.

What does it not fund?

The grant will not fund tuition, publication fees, conferences or salary.

Requirements for applicants

  • Applicants must be an early career cancer nurse, with less than ten years of clinical experience in oncology.
  • Applicants may hold a pre-doctoral degree (e.g. RN, BSc, Graduate Diploma, MSc, or PhD candidates), or have defended their PhD within one year.
  • Applicants must have identified a clinical/academic mentor who will support the conduct of the project. Mentors must hold a PhD degree. A letter of support will be required.
  • Applicants must be an individual member of EONS or a member of EONS through a National Society or Associate member.
  • Applicants must provide a letter of support from her/his employer (including employer’s contact info) to conduct the proposed activity.

Desirable Criteria:

Proposals submitted by nurses who work in clinical settings will be prioritised.

Priority will be given to applicants who have not received a previous EONS grant.

Previous participation in the EONS Masterclass and/or EONS Research Workshops will not affect applicants’ eligibility for this grant.

Funding applications, which have a matched co-funding commitment from the applicant’s employer, will be considered favourably.

Where co-funding is available, the employer should state it in the letter of support.

The co-funding amount committed to the project must be provided in the detailed budget.

Submission format and content

The following information is required and should be provided:

1. Online application form

a. Principal applicant information (contact details, professional activity)

b. Researcher/group information (contact details, roles in the project)

c. Impact of this grant for the applicants’ career (150 words max)

d. Research proposal (500 words max, including: background/rationale, aims/objectives, methods, timeframe, expected outcomes, and dissemination plan.)

2. A detailed budget in Euros, including

a. total funding requested from the EONS Early Career Research Grant

b. cost and justification for all budget items.

c. details and amount of co-funding (if applicable)

3. A letter of support from:

            a. the applicants’ employer, and

b. the applicants’ clinical/academic mentor

4. 2 Pages CV of the applicant

Criteria of evaluation

Submitted proposals will be evaluated by the research committee on the following criteria: 

  • Formal eligibility of the applicant
  • Rationale for the conducting the research
  • Aims / Objectives of the research proposal
  • Suitability of the method(s)
  • Feasibility / planning of the research proposal
  • Expected outcomes
  • Dissemination plan
  • Impact of the research in applicant’s field of practice
  • Benefit of this grant for the applicant’s career
  • Justification and appropriateness of the budget

Payment and reporting schedule

  • Costs are reimbursed upon production of a receipt or invoice. The applicant must submit receipts for all costs associated with the grant. 20% of funds will be withheld until the final reports (see below) are submitted.
  • Applicants are required to submit a short report within 12 months of receiving the grant (500 words) to EONS detailing what has been gained from the experience and what outcomes have been achieved as a result. This report will be published on the EONS website and EONS newsletter.
  • Beneficiaries of the EONS early career research development grant need to acknowledge EONS in all communication and dissemination activities related to the funded project.

How to apply


Announcement of successful applicants in September 2023

A “Questions and Answers” session related to this call will be held online in mid-April. More information will follow at this webpage

Early Career Research Grant TG:

Sara Colomer-Lahiguera, PhD

Karin Dieperink, PhD

Greg Kotronoulas, PhD

Cherith Semple, PhD

Gülcan Bağçivan, PhD

Co-chairs Research WG:

Amanda Drury

Greg Kotronoulas