In 2019 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.

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 2019

06 March 2019
Applications open
08 May 2019 Closing date for applications to the NHMRC. Some institutions may have an earlier closing date for submission to their Research Office
15 May 2019 Closing date for submission of Supplementary Questions to the National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat
22 May 2019 Closing date for the Cancer Council New South Wales - Box Rallies Project Grant applications
31 May 2019 Closing date for submission of Cancer Council Western Australia Community Criteria and English Language forms to Cancer Council WA
Aug/Sep 2019
Anticipated NHMRC peer review period
 Oct/Nov 2019 Anticipated Cancer Council peer review period
Nov/Dec 2018 Cancer Councils advise applicants of outcomes

Applications for funding in 2019

NHMRC APPLICATIONS open: 06 May 2019

PLEASE NOTE: Important changes have been made to our Research Project Grant application process. Failure to address these changes in your application will have important implications for funding - please see the Guidance to Applicants document for details.


If you intend to apply for a Research Project Grant there are now three steps for submission


Submit a NHMRC project grant application through their application process. Visit the NHMRC website for information.  

Closing date: Wednesday 08 May 2019.


Submit the Cancer Council Supplementary Questions (63 kb) document by email as a separate pdf file directly to Cancer Council Australia's National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat ( 

The Supplementary Questions 2018 document identifies which cancer funding body you are submitting your application to for funding consideration and provides information specific to Cancer Council applications.

Closing date: Friday 15 May 2019.


Submit theCommunity Criteria Form (85 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: Friday 31 May 2019.

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' (pdf 82kb) as well as NHMRC eligibility criteria, if they are applying to both organisations for funding.

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

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 ACT  1 year approx $65,000
Cancer Council NSW (inc Box Rallies Project Grants)
 1 - 3 yrs  $150,000
Cancer Council SA / SAHMRI
generally for 1 year Up to $100,000
Cancer Council Victoria  1 - 3 yrs  $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:
Rebecca Peart
Phone: 03 9514 6330

Cancer Council Western Australia:

Research Admin Officer
Phone: 08 9388 4354

email us

Daffodil BulletLink to Research Grant recipients from previous years