Cancer Council Research Project Grants

This page is hosted by Cancer Council Victoria on behalf of Cancer Council Australia.

All applications for this scheme comprise of:

  • the NHMRC RGMS application, which is to be submitted to the NHMRC in accordance with their guidelines, and
  • the Supplementary Questions document, which is to be submitted by your institution's RAO as a PDF file to the National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat (CancerCouncilGrants@cancervic.org.au).

Important:

  • In order for NHMRC to pass on application data to the Cancer Councils, applicants need to select "Cancer Council" as one of the funding options in RGMS.
  • Applicants must adhere to NHMRC formatting rules for the NHMRC components of the application
  • Further information on timelines and the Supplementary Questions will be available on this webpage in early 2019. Please check this webpage regularly. 
  • In 2019, Cancer Council Queensland’s project grant scheme will be replaced with a new funding opportunity, the CCQ Accelerating, Collaborative, Cancer Research (ACCR) Grants scheme. Applications for funding under the ACCR scheme should be submitted directly to Cancer Council Queensland. For further information please visit Cancer Council Queensland website https://cancerqld.org.au/research/research-grants-program/cancer-research-funding/ or email researchgrants@cancerqld.org.au/.


On this page: Background | How to apply | Supplementary questions | Eligibility criteria | Key dates | Links to State Cancer Councils


Applications open:

6 March 2019

Closing date:

8 May 2019 (NHMRC RGMS application)

15 May 2019 (Supplementary Questions)

 

All cancer research grant applications will be assessed and ranked via the NHMRC Ideas Grant process. 

Please note: While all cancer research grant applications will be assessed via the NHMRC process, the Cancer Councils will continue to make the funding decisions, as is current practice.

Background

The National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat is hosted by Cancer Council Victoria on behalf of Cancer Council Australia. The Secretariat is the link between the NHMRC and the Cancer Councils.

How to apply

Visit the NHMRC website for information about applying and for access to RGMS.

A number of options will be available in RGMS for choosing which funding body (or bodies) your application is to be submitted to. You must select Cancer Council in order for the NHMRC to pass on the application data to us. 

In addition to the RGMS application you will need to complete a set of Supplementary Questions that your RAO will email to the National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat (CancerCouncilGrants@cancervic.org.au).

Supplementary questions

The Supplementary Questions document will be available for download in early 2019.

The Supplementary Questions document identifies which Cancer Council you are submitting your application to for funding consideration and seeks information specific to Cancer Council applications.

The Supplementary Questions won't be available to the NHMRC Grant Review Panels (GRPs) but will be for the exclusive use of the Cancer Councils to help with their funding decisions. Applicants are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines of the Cancer Council they're applying to. See bottom of webpage for contact information and websites.

Some Cancer Councils have priority research areas or state-specific criteria, which will be identified on their websites. Please address these in the Supplementary Questions document.

Please note: Cancer Council NSW requires its applicants to complete a Consumer Review Form found on its website. Please follow the Cancer Council NSW directions for return of this form (submitted directly to Cancer Council NSW).

Please note: Cancer Council WA requires its applicants to complete the Community Criteria form.  For further information, and to download this form please visit the Cancer Council WA website.

Eligibility criteria and guidelines for applicants

Applicants ineligible to apply for NHMRC Idea Grant funding are still entitled to apply via the NHMRC process for Cancer Council funding.

Applicants need to adhere to the state Cancer Council eligibility criteria as well as that of the NHMRC, if you are applying for funding from both organisations. These are available on their respective websites.

There are variations in both the amount and duration of funding offered by the Cancer Councils. See below for a snapshot of what's offered.
 

Cancer Council

No. of Years

Amount (maximum per year)

Cancer Council ACT

1 year 

$65,000

Cancer Council NSW

1 - 3 years

$150,000

Cancer Council South Australia / SAHMRI

generally for 1 year

up to $100,000

Cancer Council Victoria

1 - 3 years

$100,000

Cancer Council Western Australia Inc

1 - 2 years

$100,000


Overview of Cancer Council project grants review process 2019

6 March 2019

NHMRC Ideas Grant process opens
Cancer Councils advertise that the application process is now open

8 May 2019

Closing date for applications to the NHMRC. Some institutions may have an earlier closing date for submission to their Research Office.

15 May 2019

Closing date for submission of Supplementary Questions to the National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat

Aug/Sep 2019

Anticipated NHMRC peer review period

Oct/Nov 2019

Anticipated Cancer Council peer review period


Further information on timelines and the Supplementary Questions will be available on this webpage in early 2019. If you have any queries in the meantime please contact the Cancer Council/NHMRC Liaison Officer or your local funding body.

Click on the links below to go to the relevant State Cancer Council's research page.

Cancer Council/NHMRC Liaison Officer
Rebecca Peart
Tel: 03 9514 6330
Email: rebecca.peart@cancervic.org.au

Cancer Council ACT
Kate Aigner
Tel: 02 6257 9999
Email: Cancer.Information@actcancer.org

Cancer Council NSW
John Williams
Tel: 02 9334 1993
Email: Research@nswcc.org.au

Cancer Council South Australia  via SAHMRI
Katrina Hanna
Tel: 08 8128 4001
Email: beatcancer@sahmri.com

Cancer Council Victoria
Rebecca Peart 
Tel: 03 9514 6330
Email: rgu@cancervic.org.au

Cancer Council Western Australia
Anna Nankivell
Tel: 08 9388 4354
Email: research@cancerwa.asn.au

For enquiries about the NHMRC application process contact the NHMRC's Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 or email help@nhmrc.gov.au.