$3 million for bold cancer researchers with big ideas

Friday 30 May, 2014

Victorian researchers with bold ideas should apply for Cancer Council Victoria’s Venture Grants Scheme (Round 2).

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said the Venture Grants Scheme was designed to support researchers with courageous ideas that would not usually be funded by conventional research grant schemes.

“We are seeking adventurous, high reward research projects across a variety of disciplines that could lead to major leaps forward in cancer knowledge, management or treatment. These projects might not be eligible for conventional government grants because, for example, there’s no preliminary data or because the idea is considered too advanced for our current knowledge.”

All proposals must relate to the causes, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer. However, applications are not limited to laboratory based research – novel ideas are invited from the full spectrum of disciplines including clinical research, psychosocial or palliative care research, epidemiology and health economics.

Up to four projects will be selected via a competitive, peer-review process. Budgets and time frames are flexible but would typically be in the range of $100,000-$250,000 per year over 1-5 years.

Mr Harper said a committee of experienced researchers would select and monitor the successful projects.

“Each project will be tightly milestone based. A mentor appointed from the committee will also work collaboratively with the Chief Investigator to assist in addressing any scientific challenges that may arise,” he said.

Since 2003 Cancer Council Victoria has awarded more than $46 million to external researchers. It is the first time in six years that Venture Grants have been on offer.

“For more than 60 years Cancer Council Victoria has been awarding fellowships and grants to encourage the very best in cancer research,” Mr Harper said.

There will be a two-stage application process, commencing with the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI). Applications close 5pm Friday, 4th July 2014. Visit www.cancervic.org.au/vgs for details, or to apply.