ASI ITS Joint Research Bursary 2016

Applications are invited for the ASI / ITS Asthma Research Bursary. The focus of the 2016 awards is to support a new research project which when implemented will improve the quality of care delivered to people with asthma and/or their families. This competition is open to all medical and allied healthcare professionals in the Republic of Ireland who are members of the Irish Thoracic Society. The bursary is supported by Novartis through an unrestricted educational grant.


Proposals must comprise a research project which will have a defined benefit for people with asthma and/or their families.

To be eligible applicants must:

(i)                  Be a registered medical or allied healthcare professional and a member of the Irish Thoracic Society.

(ii)                Be employed in the Irish health services whether private or public, or be an academic in an Irish institution.

(iii)               Have support / approval from the Head of department / employer in which the research study is being carried out.

(iv)              Conform to the ethical requirements for good research practice.

The successful candidate will be announced at the ITS Scientific Meeting in November 2016. The successful applicant will be required to present their work at the ITS Annual Scientific Meeting 2017 through submission of an abstract.

Selection will be made on the basis of scientific and expert evaluation of the application and the proposed work as set out in the project description. Independent reviewers will be selected by a Joint Committee of the Asthma Society of Ireland and the Irish Thoracic Society to carry out this task and the final decision will be made by this Committee with the assistance of the reviewers’ assessments. Reviewers’ assessments are strictly confidential and cannot be divulged outside the ASI/ITS, or to the candidates themselves.

The successful applicant will be required to submit an end-of-project report within a month of the end of the project. This report will be published on the ASI and ITS Websites.


A detailed Project Description is required that does not exceed 1500 words (excluding references). It must contain in sufficient scientific, medical and/or technical detail all of the following points:

a. Introduction

b. Objectives and underlying hypothesis;

c. Material, methods, procedures;

d. Relevance to asthma patients and/or their families;

e. Relationship to your past, current and future professional activities;

f.  Reason(s) for choice of host institution;

g. Reference to recent work/publications in the field.

Also enclose:

i) Current Curriculum Vitae, including publications and presentations

ii) One page summary of how you propose to use the funding.

iii) Letter of support from intended supervisor of project (if applicable).

Applications are due by Friday 14th October and should be submitted by email to:

For further enquiries contact:

Suzanne McCormack, CEO
The Irish Thoracic Society
Tel  – 01 2833500
Email  –