In 2020 we anticipate the research project grant applications will be assessed and ranked via the NHMRC Ideas Grant process.

Please note: While research project grant applications will be assessed via the NHMRC process, the Cancer Councils will continue to make the funding decisions, as is current practice.  You should also know that we are currently reviewing our 2020 funding opportunities for funding to commence in 2021, this includes the project grants.

Research Project Grants

Our Research Project Grants aim to provide support for local, world class cancer researchers to help further their research. Grants are initially short listed through the national expert review process of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and are then further assessed by the Cancer Council WA Research Grants Advisory Committee. Grant applications are assessed on the basis of quality, practicality, value for money and contribution to the advancement of cancer knowledge.

Important dates for 2020 (updated 1 April 2020)

11 March 2020
Applications open
13 May 2020
Minimum data due in the NHMRC Ideas Grant granting system. Some institutions may have an earlier due date for submission to their Research Office
17 June 2020 Closing date for applications to the NHMRC. Some institutions may have an earlier closing date for submission to their Research Office
24 June 2020 Closing date for submission of Supplementary Questions to the National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat
24 June 2020 Closing date for the Cancer Council New South Wales - Project Grant applications, This includes the Cancer Council NSW Consumer Review FormLink to further information
30 June 2020 Midday
Closing date for submission of Cancer Council Western Australia Community Criteria form to Cancer Council WA (please note this is NOT the same as the Cancer Council NSW Consumer Review Form)
Sept/Oct 2020
Anticipated NHMRC peer review period
Nov/Dec 2020 Anticipated Cancer Council peer review period
Jan/Feb 2020 Cancer Councils advise applicants of outcomes

Applications for funding in 2020

SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONS (and CCNSW Consumer Review Form) - 24 June 2020


If you intend to apply for a Research Project Grant there are now four steps for submission (5 steps if you are applying for the CCNSW  Project Grant):


Minimum data due in the NHMRC Ideas Grant granting system. Visit the NHMRC website for information.

Closing date: Wednesday 13 May 2020.


Submit a NHMRC Ideas Grant application through the NHMRC granting system. Visit the NHMRC website for information.  

Closing date: Wednesday 17 June 2020.


Submit the Cancer Council Supplementary Questions (674 kb) document by email as a separate pdf file directly to Cancer Council Australia's National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat ( 

The Supplementary Questions 2020 document identifies which cancer funding body you are submitting your application to for funding consideration and provides information specific to Cancer Council applications.

Note: the  Project Grants offered by Cancer Council NSW are open to ALL Australian cancer researchers.  See below for further information.

Closing date: Wednesday 24 June 2020.


Submit the Cancer Council WA Community Criteria Form (84 kb) directly to Cancer Council Western Australia at in either pdf or Word format.

For IMPORTANT information regarding the community criteria and how to write a plain language summary please review the General Guidance Documents.

Closing date:  Midday Tuesday 30 June 2020.

Please Note:

The NHMRC application ID must be used for the Supplementary Questions and Community Criteria documents.

For information on details we collect, please see our Privacy Collection Statement (pdf, 51kb).

Eligibility criteria and guidelines for applicants

Applicants need to adhere to 'Cancer Council WA Guide to Applicants and Conditions of Award - updated 5 June 2020 (306kb)' as well as NHMRC eligibility criteria, if they are applying to both organisations for funding.

Note 1: Due to a numbering error both the supplementary questions document and guide to applicants have been revised (22/05/2020) - the numbering error was mirrored in both original documents so the advice provided in the guidelines document previously and currently matched the published supplementary questions document.

Note 2: Document updated 5 June 2020 to update NHMRC revised submission date.

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

Grant funds cannot be used to fund the salary of the CIA.

Cancer Council NSW National Project Grant Scheme

Researchers wishing to apply for Cancer Council NSW Project Grants will need to complete the following:

  1. NHMRC Ideas Grant application. In the RGMS application, applicants to select "Cancer Council as a funding option';
  2. Cancer Council Supplementary Questions document. In the Supplementary Questions document, applicants to select 'Cancer Council NSW' in addition to their state's scheme, if applicable; and
  3. Cancer Council NSW Consumer Review Form.

Cancer Council NSW Project Grant funding is:

  • 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 2021; and
  • valued at between $300,000 to $450,000 over three years, with a minimum budget request of $300,000.

Applications will open on 11 March 2020. Closing dates are: 06 May 2020 for the NHMRC Ideas Grants (through RGMS) and 20 May 2020 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 Scheme, please visit Cancer Council NSW, or contact Cancer Council NSW Research Grant Management Team (

State Cancer Councils

There are variations in both the amount and duration of funding offered by the Cancer Councils. See below for a snapshot of what is offered.
Cancer Council  No of Years    Amount (Maximum per year)
Cancer Council NSW  Project Grants
 1 - 3 yrs  $150,000
Cancer Council SA / SAHMRI
generally for 1 year Up to $100,000
Cancer Council Western Australia  1 - 2 yrs  $100,000

The National Grants Secretariat will continue to be hosted by Cancer Council Victoria on behalf of Cancer Council Australia. The Secretariat will be the link between the NHMRC and Cancer Council Western Australia. For additional information please visit National Grants Secretariat website.

Contacts for further information:

Cancer Council/NHMRC Liaison Officer:
Dorani Lacey
Phone: 03 9514 6319

Cancer Council Western Australia:

Research Admin Officer
Phone: 08 9388 4354

email us

Daffodil BulletLink to Research Grant recipients from previous years