What we do
Cure Cancer Australia is dedicated to funding crucial cancer research from Australia’s brightest emerging minds.
We believe early-career researchers who offer new ideas and challenging perspectives are the key to advancing the fight against ALL types of cancer.
We invest in the brightest innovators in cancer research, when it matters most.
In today's research environment, funding is very tight. Approximately 12% of research grants submitted to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) receive funding. In almost every case, researchers need to have a proven track record of results before they can be considered, meaning very few grants are available to young researchers.
This current environment has led to many talented researchers with incredible potential either leaving research altogether or moving overseas to secure funding. Yet it's only research that can cure cancer. Given the funding crisis, our skill lies in recognising and supporting the most promising research projects from the most innovative minds.
Over the past 50 years, we’ve funded almost 500 research grants to over 300 individual early career researchers. By identifying, assessing and funding research at a time when ideas burn brightest, we believe we have the best chance of achieving our mission to cure cancer for good.
cancer doesn't discriminate, and neither do we
1 Australian dies every 12 minutes from cancer, which is why our research grants are awarded to early career researchers working across ALL cancers, including the rarest types.
We don’t pick and choose the cancers we fight. Our collective team of passionate researchers, donors, fundraisers and partners take them all on in the hope that we will one day achieve our mission to cure cancer for good.
We are the catalyst for future funding in cancer research
Cure Cancer Australia funds early-career researchers so that they can advance their research into cancer cures and preventions. Additionally, these grants increase their chances of gaining funding from other grant agencies in the future - over the last ten years our research alumni have attracted on average an additional $45 of future research funding for every dollar we have invested in them.
We look to support innovative, high-achieving, bright minds; funding the applicant’s own salary, the salary of a research assistant, and/or research materials for the specified project.
Many Cure Cancer Australia researchers who received our funding early in their careers are now amongst Australia’s most prominent cancer researchers. Our grants are distributed via the Cancer Australia Priority-driven Cancer Research Scheme.