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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.

Priority will be given to clinical trials investigating changes in the use of medicines, including safer and more efficient ways to use high-cost medicines and other therapeutic indications for existing medicines that are not currently approved by the TGA.

Applications close: 3 February 2021


Applications for research associated with the implementation research proposals for primary and/or secondary prevention of cancer in Low- & Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) and/or in populations facing conditions of vulnerability in High-Income Countries (HICs).

Applications close: 10 February 2021


The Discovery Project scheme supports excellent basic and applied research and research training by individuals and teams.

Applications close: 24 February 2021


  • MRFF – Genomics Health Futures Mission – 2020 Genomics Health Futures Mission Grant Opportunity
  • Stream 1 (Targeted Call for Research): identify and diagnose novel – primarily monogenic or oligogenic – rare diseases and increase the genomic diagnostic rate towards 70% by 2025.
  • Stream 2 (Targeted Call for Research): improve early detection and targeted treatment for the most common cancers to reduce the burden of disease. Research proposals in this stream must focus on one of the following topics:
    – Topic A: discover clinically relevant biomarkers to improve early detection of common cancers
    – Topic B: develop genomic tools and technologies to identify genetic predisposition to cancer and improve screening and targeted intervention
    – Topic C: develop genomic screening tools for predictive disease modelling and to guide therapy.
  • Stream 3 (Targeted Call for Research): promote diagnostic effectiveness and efficiency through better understanding of the impact of genetic variants through functional genomics by establishing a national functional genomics approach to enhance novel gene discoveries, increase diagnostic rates and enable disease modelling to support development of targeted therapies. All three Streams are intended to support large-scale interdisciplinary research.

Applications close: 3 March 2021, 5:00 pm


The objective of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research (EPCDR) Initiative – 2020 Improving Diagnosis in Cancers with Low Survival Rates Grant Opportunity is to support Australian medical research and medical innovation projects in one of the following streams:

  • Stream 1: utilise existing evidence to develop or improve approaches for the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer, cancers of the pancreas, liver cancer or lung cancer that have a clinically feasible pathway to implementation
  • Stream 2: enable approaches for the early diagnosis of cancers with unknown primary site that have a clinically feasible pathway to implementation.

Applications close: 10 March 2021, 5:00 pm


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

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

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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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