What is our research strategy?

In 1963 we contributed $3,500 to the Scientific and Advisory Committee for small research projects and the first Vacation Scholarships for tertiary students - these scholarships are still awarded today.

Our research grant program continues today and has since contributed over $53 million to 1154 local research projects to find new ways to detect, treat and defeat cancer.

We believe a strong cancer research culture in WA will translate into improved outcomes for cancer patients and better early detection and prevention.

Our Cancer Research Funding Program is the vehicle through which we support cancer research in WA, and is fully funded by donations from the WA community.

A key objective of our program is to encourage and support a wide range of research activities into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. The following are key to ensuring the research we fund is of the highest quality.

We use a competitive process, this means:

  • we accept submission from ANY recognised research institute in Western Australia
  • submitted applicants must comply to specific criteria
  • applications must be submitted by a specified date

We use a peer review process, which means:

  • all applicants are assessed by experts on specified criteria that aims to ensure the science is excellent, and the research is current, competitive and achievable

We have community representatives to assess specific community criteria to:

  • help ensure the research we fund is relevant to the WA community
  • provide a broader perspective to our decisions
  • ensure accountability to our donors
  • improve how the results of research we fund are communicated to the wider community

We have a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework in place to better inform our strategic decisions

Any research that is not allocated by the above process is awarded through a strategic priority setting process which ensures the decision will make an important contribution to the research community and culture in Western Australia.

In recent years, thanks to research, our understanding of cancer has significantly improved, and together with impressive technological advances this has created exciting opportunities to develop new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat this complex set of diseases.