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Grant Opportunities

Recurring Grant Opportunities

A number of organisations around Australia and NSW offer grant opportunities on a rolling or recurring basis. Please find a list below on the most common ones. Please also infd additional resources on how to find grant opportunities in the Resources tab on this page.

Cancer Institute NSW grants calendar – Research program grants, infrastructure, clinical trials and fellowships

Cancer Council NSW

Cancer Australia

Tour de Cure

The Mark Hughes Foundation – Brain Cancer research

National Breast Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia

Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation

This list of current grant opportunities in Cancer Research in NSW and Australia is updated on a regular basis.

Sydney Vital members can benefit from assistance with applications from our Research Development Manager. Sign up here to become a member.

MRFF 2021 Rare Cancers Rare Diseases Unmet Need General

Applications to this grant opportunity must propose research that addresses one of the seven Streams of research. An application may be submitted to one of the seven Streams below only.

  • Stream 1: conduct a single clinical trial in women of potential new treatments and therapies for rare cancers of the reproductive system
  • Stream 2: conduct a single clinical trial of potential new drugs for treatment refractory, low survival breast cancer in women who have been identified through molecular testing
  • Stream 3: conduct a single clinical trial of potential new treatments and therapies for rare diseases caused by genetic mutations
  • Stream 4: conduct a single clinical trial of non-drug treatments and therapies (for example surgery, radiation, rehabilitation) for rare cancers, rare diseases and conditions with unmet medical need
  • Stream 5: conduct a single clinical trial assessing the comparative effectiveness  of health interventions in improving outcomes for individuals with rare cancers, rare diseases and conditions with unmet medical need
  • Stream 6: conduct a single clinical trial of new treatments and therapies for individuals with low survival cancers and low survival rare diseases
  • Stream 7: conduct a single clinical trial of treatments and therapies for conditions with unmet medical need.

Minimum data due: 23 June 2021 (Stream 2) / 4 August 2021 (All other streams)


Cancer Institute NSW Research Fellowships

There are two levels of Fellowships offered:

  • Early Career Fellowships – aimed at encouraging early career researchers (1–to5 years post PhD completion) to build on their research capability and become leaders of their own research team.
  • Career Development Fellowships – aimed at mid-career researchers (5–to10 years post PhD completion) who demonstrate the potential to undertake research that will have major significance to cancer outcomes.

Fellowships are for three years with two possible categories: full time researcher or clinical researcher (min. 60% time spent on research).Applicants can refer to the Institute’s website for more information and to review the updated Fellowship Guidelines

Applications close: Grant applications are to be completed online through the Grants Management System (GMS) and submitted no later than 1pm on Thursday 24 June 2021


Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) Fellowships

The program provides up to $250,000 for an academic or clinical researcher to undertake a priority medical research project within a company for one year. Fellows can be at any career level but should have a contract to return to their home institution for at least a year after completing the fellowship.

Applications close: 1 July 2021


Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Early Career Fellowships

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Early Career Fellowships will offer grants-in-aid of up to $115,000 per year for three years. This includes up to $100,000 salary (depending on experience and academic level), $10,000 for research consumables and $5,000 for travel and conferences per year. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD within the last six years.

Applications close: 2 July 2021


Snow Medical Research Fellowship (Expressions of Interest)

Each Snow Fellowship will be valued at approximately $8 million over eight years for eligible early to mid-career researchers. Fellowship funding will be available to set up and operate a research laboratory, comprising salaries for the Snow Fellow and post doctoral researchers, PhD student scholarship top-ups, technical and laboratory management support, project funds and leadership development.

Applications for EoIs close: 7 July 2021 


NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grant Scheme 2020 priorities for funding 2021 – 3 Rounds

The NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grant scheme (NHMRC-NIHR scheme) supports Australian participation and collaboration in leading international collaborative research through the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme. The HTA Programme funds independent research about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests.

Applications close: 22 July 2021


Cancer Australia Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS)

The PdCCRS call for Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants schemes is now open.
Funding for up to 3 years is available to support a project that aligns with one of the research priority areas specified by Cancer Australia or its Funding Partners.
Priorities include:

  • Translational research involving the testing or application of technologies, markers and therapies in a clinical setting;
  • Translational research associated with surveillance of cancer;
  • Translational research to improve: patient care, survivorship, supportive and end of life care.
  • Research addressing cancers of the: lung, colon & rectum, lymphoma, pancreas, brain, oesophagus, mouth & oropharynx, kidney, stomach, bladder, myeloma, bone & connective tissue, skin (not melanoma) and uterus

Minimum data due: 28 July 2021
Applications close: 1 September 2021

Sydney Vital supports translational cancer research through Fellowships, PhD scholarships and top-ups, travel awards and seed funding. Find out more about our funded programs in our e-book.

There are currently no Sydney Vital grants. This page will be updated once new grant opportunities become available.

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Finding Grants

  • FMH Research bulletin – University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine and Health bulletin (accessible only to University of Sydney staff and HDR students)
  • Research professional – General grants search tool
  • Grant Connect – Government funded schemes including NHMRC and MRFF


Applying for Grants

Sydney Vital member support: For additional information on or assistance with applying for grants, Sydney Vital members can contact our Research Development Manager Dr Anna Renfrew at [email protected].

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Support for University of Sydney Members: Metrics for Grants applications:
The Library provides data and advice so that you can confidently use appropriate metrics to showcase your academic impact. Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for assistance.

Grant Writing Support for University of Sydney Members: Online Successful Applications Library (SAL):
Are you getting ready for the coming ARC grant rounds?  The successful applications library (SAL) has now transitioned to an online platform. To gain access you will need to request access through the Research Services Portal by submitting a General Enquiry – select ‘Other’ from the ‘I need help with’ drop down list and enter your request for access to the online SAL in the ‘Request description’ field. Once added as a data room user by an administrator, you will receive an invitation email to your @sydney.edu.au email address from SecureDocs (which expires after 14 days) with a hyperlink to the system. Please select the ‘Using SSO?’ option at the Customer Log-in screen to gain access via single sign-on.


Report Templates

  • Sydney Vital  Report Template
  • CINSW Research Grants annual progress report template is now available on the Grants Management System (GMS) and the CINSW progress report is located in the GMS user guide
  • All Final and TCRC reports are to be completed using the reporting templates provided on the CINSW website