Research Project Grants

New in 2019, cancer researchers based in the ACT are able to apply for the National Box Rallies Project Grant (further information below) in addition to the Cancer Council ACT Cancer Research Project Grant.

Guide to applicants for Cancer Council ACT (CCACT) Cancer Research Project Grants for 2019-20

**Please note: an amended version of the Supplementary Questions form was published on 6 May 2019. Please ensure that the amended Supplementary Questions Form is used for your application**  

Applications to Cancer Council ACT comprise:

  • the NHMRC RGMS application which is to be submitted to the NHMRC  Ideas Grants Scheme 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 at


  • 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. 

 Applications Open: 6 March 2019

Closing Dates: 

  • 8 May 2019 (NHMRC RGMS)
  • 22 May 2019 (Supplementary questions)

Applicants should note that the submission process will again be via the NHMRC. Applications will be assessed and ranked via the NHMRC Ideas Grant process. The final funding decision for CCACT Cancer Research Grants remains with Cancer Council ACT.

How long will a Cancer Council ACT Cancer Research Grant last?
The grant will be offered over one financial year, 2019-20.

How much money is available for the Cancer Council ACT Cancer Research Grant?
$65,000 over 1 year.

What sort of research can be funded?
Projects that will be considered may be at any level of cancer research, ie. Fundamental, clinical, psychosocial, etc.

Who can apply for funding?
All researchers working in the ACT. 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 Cancer Council eligibility criteria as well as that of the NHMRC, if they are applying for funding from both organisations.

What is the role of the Host Institution?
The Host Institution guarantees that the infrastructure necessary to support the research will be available, and will provide the administrative framework through which applications are received and payments made. The Host Institution is obliged to continue to support the research project during the tenure of the grant. If the work on the research ceases during the currency of the grant, funding will cease.

What are the obligations of the Grant Recipient?
The Grant Recipient will conduct and complete the research as outlined in the application. Where relevant, a copy of the application to and approval from a human research ethics committee must be submitted to Cancer Council ACT before commencement of the grant. The Grant Recipient will notify CCACT of any changes to the project during the currency of the grant and forward a copy of any subsequent applications to the human research ethics committee.

An interim explanation of the work done under the grant during the year will be required by the 1 July 2020 for inclusion in Cancer Council ACT's Annual Report. The explanation will be of about 300 words in length and must be capable of being understood by the informed lay person. A list of work related to the grant, published or accepted for publication since the commencement of the grant or during the current year must also be supplied. A similar final report must be submitted by 31 January 2021 when the project has been completed and the results known.

How are awards of grants decided on and what criteria are applied?

The Criteria for Decision
In general terms, the criteria for award of CCACT Cancer Research Grants are relevance to cancer, excellence, the value of the research and a capacity to successfully complete the research proposed in the application. Recent entrants to the cancer research field should feel confident that applications will be carefully considered and assessed on their merits.

The Decision Makers
The final decision is taken by CCACT's Board. Applications are reviewed through the NHMRC process and forwarded to Cancer Council ACT to be reviewed at a Board meeting in November/December each year. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the review process as soon as possible after the completion of the review. 

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. 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 you will need to complete a set of Supplementary Questions that your RAO will email to the National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat at

Supplementary Questions

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 are not available to the NHMRC Grant Review Panels (GRPs) but used exclusively by the Cancer Council to assist us in our funding decision. Applicants are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines listed above. 

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 document is available to download here

Full information and timelines are available on our national research grant applications page

Cancer Council NSW National Box Rallies Project Grant

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.

Applications for funding are aligned with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Ideas Grants submission and review processes.  Applicants will be required to comply with Cancer Council NSW Project Grant requirements.

Researchers wishing to apply for Box Rallies will need to complete the following:

  1. NHMRC Ideas Grant application (through RGMS). In the NHMRC application, applicants to tick ‘Cancer Council’;
  2. Cancer Council Supplementary Questions document, available here. In the Supplementary Questions document, applicants to select ‘Box Rallies – Cancer Council New South Wales’; and
  3. Cancer Council NSW Consumer Review Form, available here.

Box Rallies funding is:

  • open to all Australian cancer researchers;
  • open to research projects on any aspect of cancer, including its causes, mechanisms, prevention, treatment and care, and the organisation and performance of cancer control services;
  • awarded for up to three years, commencing in January 2020; and
  • valued up to $450,000 over three years.

Applications will open on 6 March 2019. Closing dates are: 8 May 2019 for the NHMRC Ideas Grants (through RGMS) and 22 May 2019 for Supplementary Questions/ Consumer Review Forms.

For further information on consumer involvement in research, click  here.

For further information on Cancer Council NSW Project Grants and Box Rallies, please visit Cancer Council NSW, or contact Cancer Council NSW Research Grant Management Team (

Contacts for Further Information

Cancer Council ACT:  Kate Aigner
Tel: 02 6257 9999

Cancer Council/NHMRC Liaison Officer: Cancer Council Victoria, Cathy Schapper Email:

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

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