Funding Award

Aim of the SPHE Network Funding Award

The aim of the SPHE Network is to support its members in their work in SPHE through provision of information, sharing of resources and creation of opportunities for continuing personal and professional development. To assist members to access continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities, the Network offers a limited number of funding awards to individual members. The award(s) will have a value of up to €300* per applicant in any one academic year, and will not exceed three awards in any given year. Only activities which include receipts will be considered.

Submissions will be accepted between September and June each year.


For the purpose of the SPHE Network Funding Award, a member is defined as an individual who has held membership for at least one year in the last two years, and who is a current member.

How to Apply

The SPHE Network will notify members when the award application process opens at the beginning of the academic year. Prospective recipients will complete an application form which can be accessed below. Any queries may be directed to

Selection Criteria

In order to process applications and make recommendations for approval of funding awards, a Funding Award Sub-committee will be set up under the direction of the Chairperson of the Network. It will comprise of at least two current members of the Network who are not linked to any funding application and one external person. This sub-committee will be transparent in their dealings with all applications, and will issue a short report annually on the allocation of funds under the SPHE Network Funding Award. The following criteria will be used to guide the awarding of any bursaries:

  • Eligibility of applicant(s) (see above)
  • Alignment of proposed CPD activity to SPHE principles, values and foci
  • Commitment of applicant(s) to share their learning with all Network members through a 10 minute presentation and a blog (600 words) for the SPHE Network website (
  • Ability of applicant to complete CPD within the academic year of application, ie before 31st August of the academic year in question.

Application Form

"*" indicates required fields

If granted the SPHE Network Funding Award I agree to use it to undertake the proposed activity as it is outlined in my application. I also agree to a 10 minute presentation at a Network meeting and the writing of a short (600 word) blog for the SPHE Network website ( by arrangement with the SPHE Network Chairperson.

* The SPHE Network may choose to award a lesser or greater amount to any applicant +/-€100, or not to award any funding in any given year.