Cure Cancer Australia Grant Process
Cure Cancer Australia funds early-career researchers as Chief Investigator of their project, in order to advance their research and to increase their competitiveness for funding from other granting agencies in the future. Cure Cancer Australia wishes to fund innovative, high-achieving, early-career researchers, and will be assessing the applicant’s track record (relative to opportunity). The funding may be used for the applicant’s own salary, or the salary of a research assistant, and/or research materials for the specified project.
Many Cure Cancer Australia researchers who received this early-career seed funding are now among Australia’s most prominent cancer researchers. We invite you to apply to join them.
In 2017 Cure Cancer Australia has again called for funding applications for project funding for early-career researchers via the Cancer Australia Priority Driven Collaborative Cancer Research (PdCCRS) Scheme. Applications for funding commencing 2018 are now closed, and will re-open for 2019 funding in late December.
Please see the Cancer Australia website (https://canceraustralia.gov.au/research-data/research/priority-driven-research) for application documentation and further details.
1. Collaboration with Cancer Australia
In collaboration with Cancer Australia, via the Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS), three categories of funding are currently available. We fund innovative, high-achieving, early-career researchers and will be assessing the applicants’ track record and publications (relative to opportunity).
Project grants will be awarded in any field of research (including basic laboratory, epidemiology, psychosocial, translational, and clinical) into malignant disease, to provide ‘start up’ funding to support post-doctoral researchers with less than seven years post-doctoral or less than seven years post-MBBS experience at the time of application. The applicant must be the Chief Investigator of their project and please note that this funding cannot be used as part of a larger PdCCRS project application.
i) Funding Category B: One year project grants in any field of cancer research (as outlined above) to provide “start up” funds to support post-doctoral researchers with less than three years post-doctoral experience (following qualification for a PhD), or who are less than three years post MBBS qualification, on the application deadline date. A maximum of $100,000 (GST-exclusive) will be available for successful applicants. The application deadline will be the same as for NHMRC project grants, and the NHMRC will assess the scientific merit of each application.
ii) Funding Category C: Project grants for up to two years in any field of cancer research (as outlined above) for researchers with three to seven years of post-doctoral experience, or who are three to seven years post MBBS qualification, on the application deadline date. A maximum of $200,000 ($100,000 pa GST-exclusive) will be available for successful applicants. The application deadline will be the same as for NHMRC project grants, and the NHMRC will assess the scientific merit of each application.
iii) Funding Category D: Project grants of one year duration for up to $100,000 (GST-exclusive) will be offered by Cancer Australia and Cure Cancer Australia to support project grants by post-doctoral researchers with 1-7 years post-doctoral experience or 1-7 years post MBBS qualification, undertaking a one year research project in the field of bioinformatics for cancer research.
2. Collaboration with other Medical Funding Bodies
Cure Cancer Australia has co-funded early-career cancer researchers in partnership with the Cancer Council NSW, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Leukaemia Foundation. Consistent with Cure Cancer’s philosophy of funding early-career investigators with innovative ideas in cancer research, the foundation will sometimes fund the first year of larger project grants or fellowships with each of the above organisations through their respective research grants processes.
For enquiries, please contact our Research Alumni Program Manager on
(02) 8072 6112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org