Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) 2022

Please note the SURE award is now closed to applications.


The College of Medicine and Health invites applications for Summer Undergraduate Research Awards (SURE) from undergraduate students in health-related disciplines in UCC to support their participation in research during summer 2022. The purpose of these awards is to foster an interest in research and to give the student an opportunity to become familiar with research techniques.

WHO should apply?

  1. Applications are open to students registered in an undergraduate programme within the School of Medicine, who are not in the final year of their degree course.
  2. Applicants must be studying full-time at UCC. The research must be carried out within the School of Medicine (SoM).
  3. Applicants must conduct the research with at least one SoM based supervisor. Additionally, the SoM based supervisor must have a direct reporting mechanism to a Head of a Department within the School of Medicine.
  4. Each applicant may submit only one application.
  5. Each supervisor may support only one student’s application.


Research Requirement

  • It is a requirement of this award that the proposed research aligns with the WHO Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Further information available here .
  • Please note successful applicants to the College of Medicine and Health, School of Medicine SURE awards will be required to submit a 200 word after project report outlining awardee details, project summary and achievements/outputs. The deadline for submission of this report is 3rd October 2022.


WHAT is the value of the award?

Awards of up to €2,000 per student are available for a maximum of eight weeks’ research. The distribution of the award is flexible between stipend and consumable, for example:

  • €250 p/w x 6 weeks and €500 consumable budget
  • €200 p/w x 8 weeks and €400 consumable budget

Applicants must provide details of the distribution of the award in section 8 - Budget Distribution.

Please note, all funds must be utilised before September 2022, with any invoices relating to such funds to reach the Finance Office in UCC no later than 31st August 2022. Any invoices received after this date will not be accepted and therefore the funds will be void.


How many awards are available?

  • School of Medicine: 5 awards


WHEN is the DEADLINE for applications?                9.00am on 6th June 2022

Please note that successful applicants to the SURE award 2021 will be subject to directives from UCC in relation to Covid-19.

Potential SURE applicants should appraise themselves of the application timeframes and associated approval timeframes for those projects that require CREC approval. Click here for more information   RPAC advises applicants to contact CREC before advancing their application to appraise themselves of the most up to date situation regarding approval of applications. 

 *If CREC approval is required no funds will be awarded without the appropriate approvals. *


How to apply?

Applications must be made to using the official application form – Subject of email should contain “SURE AWARDS 2022”

SURE 2022 application form



School of Medicine SURE recipients 2019

Research Student  Research Supervisor Research Project
Samuel David Keogh Dr. Elizabeth Brint The role of interleukin-1 family members in the modulation and expression of programmed cell death-1 programmed cell death ligand-1 in neoplastic cell lines
Aoife Jones Thachuthara Professor Deirdre Murray Babyscreen Predictive Cohort Study: The investigation of a new screening method for cognitive assessments in early childhood
Samantha Leigh Wakerlin Dr. Justin McCarthy Generation and Characterisation of Proteolytic Cleavage-Resistant ACE2 Mutant for mammalian cell expression
Ruth Mook-Hay Yan Dr. Colm O'Tuathaigh Speech dicrimination in older adults: implications for health service utilisation
Eimear O'Mahony Professor Colin Bradley Challenges facing general practitioners in the wake of the cervical check scandal
Natalie Krakoski Professor Aisling Ryan & Dr. Collette Hand Characterisation of clinical and genetic features in members of a periodic paralysis family with a novel CACNA1S gene mutation

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