Cancer Council Research Project Grants

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

**Please note: an amended version of the Supplementary Questions form was published on 1 May 2019. Please ensure that the amended Supplementary Questions Form is used for your application**  

All applications for this scheme comprise of:

  • the NHMRC RGMS application, which is to be submitted to the NHMRC Ideas Grants Scheme in accordance with the guidelines, and
  • the Supplementary Questions Form, which is to be submitted by the institution's RAO as a PDF file to the National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat (


  • In order for NHMRC to pass on application data to 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 Supplementary Questions are available below. 

2019 initiatives:

  • In recognition of the national fundraising efforts of Box Rallies’ events, Cancer Council NSW has established a new Project Grant category open to all Australian cancer researchers – the National Box Rallies Project Grant (Box Rallies). The grant will be fully funded by Box Rallies supporters and will be available annually commencing 2020, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of Box Rallies. Applicants will be required to comply with Cancer Council NSW Project Grant requirements. For further information, please visit Cancer Council NSW website:, or email
  • 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 or email
  • Cancer Council Victoria is co-funding with Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation a grant focusing on improving outcomes for ovarian cancer. Open to researchers in Victoria, applicants are required to comply with Grants-in-Aid criteria for funding. Information on how to apply is available at in the Guide to applicants and Instruction to completing the Supplementary Questions Form, or email
  • Cancer Council Victoria has additional funding provided by the Victorian Government through the Victorian Cancer Agency to support projects investigating low survival cancers. Victorian researchers are required to comply with Grants-in-Aid application criteria.

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


Ideas Grants Scheme Opening date:

6 March 2019

Closing dates:

8 May 2019 (NHMRC RGMS application)

22 May 2019 (Supplementary Questions)


From 2019, all cancer research grant applications will be assessed and ranked via the NHMRC Ideas Grant Scheme process. 

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


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 Cancer Councils.

How to apply

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

Options are available in RGMS for choosing which funding body (or bodies) for application submission. Select 'Cancer Council' as failure to do so will mean NHMRC is unable to forward your application to Cancer Council. 

In addition to the RGMS application, complete the Supplementary Questions Form for your institution RAO to forward to the National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat (

Supplementary questions

The Supplementary Questions Form seeks information specific to Cancer Council applications and identifies which Cancer Council for funding consideration.

The Supplementary Questions are not available to NHMRC Grant Review Panels (GRPs) but used exclusively by Cancer Councils for funding decisions. Applicants are strongly advised to consult the Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines of the Cancer Council they are applying to. See bottom of this webpage for contact information and websites.

Each Cancer Council will have priority research areas or state-specific criteria that is identified on the respective websites. Please address these in the Supplementary Questions Form.

Please note: Cancer Council NSW requires applicants to complete a Consumer Review Form on the website. Please refer to Cancer Council NSW directions for submission instructions.

Please note: Cancer Council WA requires applicants to complete the Community Criteria Form. Further information and the form are available at Cancer Council WA.

Please note: The below link is for an amended version of the Supplementary Questions Form. It includes a change to Question 15 – specifically the period 2014-18 which now states 2015-2019. Please use this copy of the form to apply.

The Supplementary Questions Form can be found here.

Eligibility criteria and guidelines for applicants

Applicants ineligible to apply for NHMRC Ideas Grant Scheme funding are still eligible to apply for Cancer Council funding via the NHMRC.

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

The table below highlights the variations in both the amount and duration of funding offered by Cancer Councils. 

Cancer Council

No. of Years

Amount (maximum per year)

Cancer Council ACT

1 year 


Cancer Council NSW

1 - 3 years


Cancer Council South Australia / SAHMRI

generally for 1 year

up to $100,000

Cancer Council Victoria

1 - 3 years


Cancer Council Western Australia Inc

1 - 2 years


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.

22 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

For enquiries about the NHMRC application process contact the NHMRC's Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 or email  

For any queries about Cancer Council grants, contact the Cancer Council/NHMRC Liaison Officer or your local funding body.

Cancer Council/NHMRC Liaison Officer
Cathy Schapper

Cancer Council ACT
Kate Aigner
Tel: 02 6257 9999

Cancer Council NSW
John Williams
Tel: 02 9334 1993

Cancer Council South Australia  via SAHMRI
Katrina Hanna
Tel: 08 8128 4001

Cancer Council Victoria
Cathy Schapper

Cancer Council Western Australia
Anna Nankivell
Tel: 08 9388 4354