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Cancer Council Research Project Grants

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

Key Dates

10 March 2021

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

5 May 2021

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

19 May 2021

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

June - August 2021

Anticipated NHMRC peer review period


Anticipated Cancer Council peer review period


All applications for this scheme comprise of:

  • the NHMRC application, which is to be submitted to the NHMRC Ideas Grants Scheme in accordance with the guidelines
  • 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 the NHMRC to pass on application data to Cancer Councils, applicants need to select 'Cancer Council' as one of the funding options.
  • Applicants must adhere to NHMRC formatting rules for the NHMRC components of the application.
  • Further information on timelines and Supplementary Questions are available below. 

National Project Grants

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 Project Grant (previously Box Rallies). The grant will be fully funded by Box Rallies supporters and will be available annually. Applicants will be required to comply with Cancer Council NSW Project Grant requirements. For further information, please visit the Cancer Council NSW website, or email

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.

Options are available in the application 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 NHMRC 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 you are applying to.

The Supplementary Questions are not available to NHMRC Grant Review Panels (GRPs). They  are used exclusively by Cancer Councils for assessment review. 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.
  • Cancer Council WA requires applicants to complete the Community Criteria Form. Further information and the form are available at Cancer Council WA.

The Supplementary Questions Form can be downloaded here soon.

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 NSW

1 - 3 years


National Project Grants via Cancer Council NSW

1 - 3 years


Cancer Council South Australia / SAHMRI

generally for 1 year

up to $100,000

Cancer Council Western Australia Inc

1 - 2 years


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
Dorani Lacey
Tel: 03 9514 6319

Cancer Council NSW
John Williams
Tel: 02 9334 1993

Cancer Council South Australia  via SAHMRI
Sarah Lawson
Tel: 08 8128 4263

Cancer Council Victoria
Dorani Lacey
Tel: 03 9514 6319

Cancer Council Western Australia
Anna Nankivell
Tel: 08 9388 4354