Research Project Grants

Guide to applicants for Cancer Council ACT (CCACT) Cancer Research Project Grants for 2018-19

Applications to Cancer Council ACT comprise:

  • 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 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: 10 January 2018

Closing Dates: 

  • 14 March 2018 (NHMRC RGMS application)
  • 16 March 2018 (Supplementary questions)

Applicants should note that the submission process will again be via the NHMRC. The final funding decisions for CCACT Cancer Research Grants remains with Cancer Council ACT, however applications will be assessed and ranked via the NHMRC Project Grant process. Applications will be allocated to Grant Review Panels (GRPs) based on the Field of Research selected by applicants. 

How long will a Cancer Council ACT Cancer Research Grant last?

The grant will be offered over one financial year, 2018-19.

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 Project 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 appropriate, 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 explanation of the project and its progress during the year will be required by the 1 July 2019 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 published or accepted for publication since the commencement of the grant or during the current year must also be supplied. A final report must be submitted 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.

In addition to the RGMS application you will need to complete a set of Supplementary Questions which is to be emailed 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 will not be available to the NHMRC Grant Review Panels (GRPs) but will be for the exclusive use of the Cancer Council to assist us in our funding decisions. Applicants are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines listed above. 

The Supplementary Questions document is available to download here, and is also available from upon request. 

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

Contacts for Further Information

Kate Aigner: Cancer Council ACT Tel: 02 6257 9999 Email:

Cancer Council/NHMRC Liaison Officer: Rebecca Peart Tel: 03 9514 6330 Email:

For enquiries about the NHMRC process contact the NHMRC’s Research Help Centre

Tel: 1800 500 983 Email:

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