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 have now received some excellent nominations which will be 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 and we will be 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

The award winners will be announced on 18 May. Each winner will receive free registration to the EONS Congress in September. Thank you to all those who submitted nominations for the award.

Novice Research Dissemination Award

The call for the Novice Research Dissemination Award 2020 is now closed.

About the Novice Research Dissemination Award
This award is an initiative of the EONS Research Working Group. It was launched in 2013 to encourage cancer nurses who are relatively new to research. The award is intended to give nurses their first chance to present their research at an international conference, so it is only open to nurses who have not yet presented their research outside their own country.
To be eligible for the award applicants must:

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

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 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 to the EONS as former EONS Board member, former member of the EONS Research WG and for her ever 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, 27 September -1st October 2019.

RECaN Award

The RECaN Award is presented annually to a cancer nurse who has made an outstanding contribution. In 2019 at the EONS12 Conference, the first 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.


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.

Research Travel Grant

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 outside 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.