Cancer Research Funding

Funding opportunities for researchers

Cancer Council Queensland is proud to offer research funding opportunities to cancer researchers residing in Queensland.

CCQ Accelerating Collaborative Cancer Research (ACCR) Grants

Cancer Council Queensland is pleased to announce significant changes to its cancer research funding opportunities, for funding to commence in 2020. CCQ’s long-running cancer research project grant scheme has been replaced with an entirely new funding opportunity: “Cancer Council Queensland Accelerating Collaborative Cancer Research (ACCR) Grants”.

The new funding scheme is intended to:

  • Stimulate innovative, collaborative cancer research.
  • Develop the capacity of high-quality cancer research groups in Queensland.
  • Accelerate the progress of research to improve cancer control.

Two ACCR grants will be awarded to commence in 2020. Each grant will:

  • Be for a maximum term of four years.
  • Provide a total of $500,000 per annum, comprising $350,000 per annum from CCQ and a required cash co-contribution of $150,000 per annum from the administering institution.

How do I apply?

The application process for ACCR grants is a two-stage process involving initial expressions of interest followed by a full application (invitation only).

Expressions of interest are NOW OPEN and close on May 23, 2019.

Expressions of interest must be submitted online. As part of the expression of interest process, you will need to:

  1. Complete the expression of interest form
  2. Upload a letter of endorsement (using the approved template) from the administering institution confirming the availability of the required cash co-contribution.

Begin Application

Shortlisted applications will be announced on July 8, 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

Detailed Instructions for applicants can be found here.

How can I find out more information?

Enquiries about Cancer Council Queensland research funding opportunities should be directed to:

CCQ Research Grants Team

Telephone: (07) 3634 5393

NOTE: Regarding tobacco industry funding
Persons who are applicants for, or in receipt of, tobacco industry funding are not eligible to apply for or receive funding from Cancer Council Queensland. Staff of institutions receiving funding from the tobacco industry will also not be eligible to apply for or receive funding from, Cancer Council Queensland. A declaration signed by a responsible officer of the institution that the institution is not in receipt of tobacco industry funding will be required.

Cancer Council NSW National Box Rallies Project Grant

In recognition of the national fundraising efforts of Box Rallies’ events, Cancer Council NSW has established a new Project Grant category open to all Australian cancer researchers – the National Box Rallies Project Grant (Box Rallies).

The grant will be fully funded by Box Rallies supporters and will be available annually commencing 2020, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of Box Rallies.
Applications for funding are aligned with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Ideas Grants submission and review processes. Applicants will be required to comply with Cancer Council NSW Project Grant requirements.

Researchers wishing to apply for a National Box Rallies Project Grant will need to complete the following:
1. NHMRC Ideas Grant application (through RGMS). In the NHMRC application, applicants to tick ‘Cancer Council’;
2. Cancer Council Supplementary Questions document, available here. In the Supplementary Questions document, applicants to select ‘ Box Rallies – Cancer Council New South Wales’; and
3. Cancer Council NSW Consumer Review Form, available here.

Box Rallies funding is:

  • open to all Australian cancer researchers;
  • 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 2020; and
  • valued up to $450,000 over three years.

Applications open on March 6, 2019. Closing dates are: May 8, 2019 for the NHMRC Ideas Grants (through RGMS) and May 22, 2019 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 and Box Rallies Grant, please visit Cancer Council NSW, or contact Cancer Council NSW Research Grant Management Team (

Grant Recipients

Information for current cancer research projects grant recipients: Progress Report Template Final Report Template Request for Carry Forward of Unspent Project Grants Guidelines for Financial Statements Due dates for reports Financial Statement – January 31, 2019 Progress/Final Report – April  30, 2019