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. 

New in 2021

ONLY one year grants are to be offered this year, please ensure your budget request is for no more than $100,000. Applications for projects involving budgets that exceed $100,000 will not be considered.

Please also remember that applicants for our Project Grants can no-longer make changes to the NHMRC listed Chief Investigators, and that at least one early career investigator must be named as a CI on the NHMRC application.

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 2021

10 March 2021
Applications 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
19 May 2021 Closing date for the Cancer Council New South Wales - Project Grant applications, This includes the Cancer Council NSW Consumer Review FormLink to further information
31 May 2021
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)
Jun-Aug 2020
Anticipated NHMRC peer review period
Nov/Dec 2021 Anticipated Cancer Council peer review period
Dec 2021 Cancer Councils advise applicants of outcomes

Applications for funding in 2022



If you intend to apply for a Research Project Grant there are now three steps for submission (4 steps if you are applying for the CCNSW  Project Grant):


Submit a NHMRC Ideas Grant application through the NHMRC granting system. Visit the NHMRC website for information.  Note: the minimum data due date is 07 Apr 2021

Closing date: Wednesday 5 May 2021.


Submit the Cancer Council Supplementary Questions (677 kb) document by email as a separate pdf file directly to Cancer Council Australia's National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat ( 

The Supplementary Questions 2021 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 19 May 2021.


Submit the Cancer Council WA Community Criteria Form (87 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:  Monday 31 May 2021.

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  (306kb)' 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.

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 2022; and
  • valued at between $300,000 to $450,000 over three years, with a minimum budget request of $300,000.

Applications will open on 10 March 2021. Closing dates are: 05 May 2021 for the NHMRC Ideas Grants, 19 May 2021 for Supplementary Questions and 19 May 2021 for the 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 yr  $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