Research Funding Applications

Calling for Applications: Research Project Grants 2016

Cancer Council NSW is strongly committed to funding high quality cancer research that is made possible by the support of the people of NSW. Cancer Council NSW is driven by the imperative to fund research that is both of significant scientific merit, and of value to the community we serve and represent.

Applications, submitted through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Grant Management System (RGMS) process, are invited for Project Grants to commence in January 2016, to support research into all aspects of cancer, including its causes, mechanisms, prevention, treatment and care, and the organisation and performance of cancer control services.

 

How to apply

STEP 1 Familiarise yourself extensively with the Project Grants 2016 Information for Applicants and Project Grants 2016 Policy and Conditions of Award. Confirm that you are eligible for Cancer Council NSW funding through reference to the eligibility criteria. You should also familiarise yourself with the Cancer Council NSW consumer review process, through reference to the Project Grants 2016 Consumer Review Guidelines and the Consumer Involvement in Research Program – Frequently Asked Questions 2016, and be aware that the consumer review component of your application accounts for 50% of your application’s final CCNSW score and merit ranking. You are advised to specifically note the emphasis on consumer involvement in the consumer review component.
STEP 2 Visit the NHMRC website for information about how to apply for Project Grants via RGMS. Note that RGMS opens for applications for 2016 Project Grants on January 14, 2015. A number of options will be available in RGMS for choosing which funding body (or bodies) your application is to be submitted to. Indicate via the appropriate RGMS field that you are seeking funding from Cancer Council NSW. The RGMS application must be completed in accordance with NHMRC guidelines and submitted by Wednesday 18 March 2015.
STEP 3 Complete the Supplementary Questions form and submit to the National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat (CancerCouncilGrants@cancervic.org.au) as a PDF file by Friday 20 March 2015.
STEP 4 Applicants for Cancer Council NSW funding must also complete the Cancer Council NSW Consumer Review Form (worth 50% of your final score) via reference to the Project Grants 2016 Consumer Review Guidelines, and submit it directly to Cancer Council NSW (research@nswcc.org.au) by Friday 20 March 2015.

 

Eligibility criteria and guidelines for applicants

Applicants ineligible to apply for NHMRC Project Grant funding are still entitled to apply via the NHMRC process for Cancer Council NSW funding. Applicants applying for funding from both organisations must adhere to both the Cancer Council NSW and the NHMRC eligibility criteria. NHMRC specific criteria are available on the NHMRC website. Please refer to Cancer Council NSW’s Project Grants 2016 Policy and Conditions of Award documents for Cancer Council NSW-specific eligibility criteria.

Please note that current Cancer Council NSW Program Grant Chief Investigators are ineligible to apply as Chief Investigators for Cancer Council NSW Project Grants during the term of the Program Grant. Please also note that the maximum budget which can be requested from Cancer Council NSW for a Project Grant is $120,000 per annum for three years.

Downloads:

  Project Grants 2016 Information for Applicants (87 KB)
  Project Grants 2016 Policy and Conditions of Award (96 KB)

 

Supplementary questions

In addition to the RGMS application, applicants for Cancer Council NSW Project Grant funding must complete a set of Supplementary Questions. Receipt of Supplementary Questions forms is managed by the National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat, hosted on behalf of Cancer Council Australia by Cancer Council Victoria. The Secretariat is the link between the NHMRC and the Cancer Councils. Information about the Secretariat is available at the Cancer Council Victoria website.

The Supplementary Questions document identifies the state Cancer Council(s) to which you are submitting your funding application and seeks information specific to Cancer Council applications. Note that the Supplementary Questions will not be available to the NHMRC but will be for the exclusive use of the Cancer Councils to assist their consideration of funding applications.

The Supplementary Questions document requires that you classify your proposed research according to the Common Scientific Outline (CSO), which is organised around seven broad areas of scientific interest in cancer research, plus subgroups.

The Supplementary Questions form must be emailed as a standalone PDF file by Friday 20 March 2015 to the National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat (CancerCouncilGrants@cancervic.org.au) The file name must be: ‘[App ID]_SuppQs_[CIA Family Name].pdf’ eg ‘123456_SuppQs_Smith.pdf’

Downloads:

  Supplementary Questions (Word format, 89 KB)

 

Consumer Review Form

Please be aware that the consumer review component of your application accounts for 50% of your final Cancer Council NSW score and merit ranking. You are advised to specifically note the emphasis on consumer involvement in the consumer review component.

Please refer to the Project Grants 2016 Consumer Review Guidelines when preparing your responses to the Consumer Review Form.

It is important to Cancer Council NSW that both the scientific community and the wider community value the research we fund. Research funding comes primarily from donations from the general public. Consequently, funding research that is both of significant scientific merit, and of value to the community we serve and represent, helps to ensure that Cancer Council NSW responds to the genuine requirements of the community that support us.

Applications for Cancer Council NSW Project Grant funding must complete a Consumer Review Form to address the five established Cancer Council NSW consumer review criteria: extent of benefit, pathway for realising the benefit, potential for application of findings, equity and consumer involvement. Applicants’ responses to these criteria will subsequently be scored by a panel of trained research consumers (the Consumer Review Panel) convened by Cancer Council NSW. Equal weighting will be given to the scientific review score assigned by the NHMRC and the consumer review score in determining the final rankings of applications. Please note that this means the Consumer Review Panel score will comprise 50% of your final score for the grant review process. More information on the Consumer Review Panel is available here. The Consumer Review Form should be completed and submitted directly to Cancer Council NSW (research@nswcc.org.au) by Friday 20 March 2015.

Naming: Please name the completed form in the following format:
NHMRCApplicationID_ConsumerReview2016-CIALastname.doc
(e.g. “100100_ConsumerReview2016-Smith.doc”)

Downloads:

  Consumer Review form (66 KB)
  Consumer Review Guidelines (128 KB)

 

Review Process

The National Cancer Council Research Project Grants website is hosted by Cancer Council Victoria on behalf of Cancer Council Australia and all state and territory Cancer Councils. Please visit this website for further details of the application and review process and timetable.

1. Cancer Council NSW applicants submit their applications to the NHMRC via the RGMS system, adhering to both the NHMRC guidelines and the Cancer Council NSW Project Grants 2016 Policy and Conditions of Award. Please visit the NHMRC website for information about applying and for access to RGMS, which opens to applications for 2016 Project Grants on January 14, 2015. The scientific merit of all cancer Project Grant applications will be assessed and ranked by the NHMRC Grant Review Panels. Cancer Council NSW subsequently receives details of all applications and NHMRC scores and rankings for each.

2. After NHMRC identifies the proposals that it will fund, Cancer Council NSW’s Consumer Review Panel assesses a proportion of the remaining applications deemed fundable by NHMRC against Cancer Council NSW’s established consumer review criteria. The number of applications assessed by the Consumer Review Panel is determined based on the budget allocated to fund Project Grants in any given year. The Consumer Review Panel ranks applications with respect to the manner in which they address the consumer review criteria, which are described in detail in the Consumer Review Form and the accompanying Project Grant 2016 Consumer Review Guidelines. Consumers are not provided with the NHMRC scientific rankings during the review process, and score applications solely on the basis of applicants’ responses to the Consumer Review Form.

3. The NHMRC scientific scores and the Consumer Review Panel scores are combined equally to derive the final CCNSW score and merit ranking for each application. These are considered by the Cancer Council NSW Cancer Research Committee, who subsequently formulate research funding recommendations for the consideration of the Cancer Council NSW Board.

 

Cancer Australia’s Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme

Cancer Council NSW are pleased to advise that we have partnered in the 2016 round of Cancer Australia’s Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS). Through this funding scheme, Cancer Council NSW will support cancer research project grants in our identified research priority area. The current call for applications to the PdCCRS lists the following Cancer Council NSW research priority:

Cancer Council NSW wishes to fund research which uses appropriate and rigorous methodology to evaluate the effect of new and emerging interventions designed to decrease the incidence of cancer. The strategies to be evaluated must have the capacity to be adopted within current clinical and/or public health practice.

The research priority areas of Cancer Council NSW and other funding partners and further information about the scheme can be found on the Cancer Australia website. Like the Cancer Council NSW Project Grant scheme, the first step of applying to the PdCCRS scheme is to submit a proposal to the NHMRC via the RGMS system, which opens on January 14, 2015, and closes on Wednesday March 18, 2015. Please visit the Cancer Australia website to obtain full details about the PdCCRS application and review process.

 

Estimated* key dates for the Cancer Council NSW 2016 Project Grants Review Process

 

14 January 2015 Call for applications opens
18 March 2015 Closing date for submission of applications (to NHMRC via the Research Grants Management System).
20 March 2015 Closing date for submission of Supplementary Questions (to National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat at CancerCouncilGrants@cancervic.org.au) and Cancer Council NSW Consumer Review forms (to Cancer Council NSW at research@nswcc.org.au)
May 2015 NHMRC will forward copies of Applications to National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat for distribution to state Cancer Councils.
May-June 2015 Assessment of applications via the NHMRC Assessment process.
June/July 2015 Applicants will be given time to respond to Grant Review Panel questions and external peer assessments.
August-September 2015 NHMRC Grant Review Panels meet to rank applications.
September-October 2015 NHMRC will provide the National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat with ranking information to distribute to Cancer Councils.
October 2015 Applicants advised of NHMRC funding outcomes.
November 2015 The Cancer Council NSW Cancer Research Committee makes funding recommendations to the Board of Cancer Council NSW.
December 2015 Following the Board’s funding decisions, Cancer Council NSW will advise applicants of funding outcomes.

* PLEASE NOTE that due to the later than usual NHMRC opening date for RGMS applications, other key dates may be delayed throughout this process.

 

Contacts for further information

Further information is available from either the NHMRC Liaison Officer (National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat) or from Cancer Council NSW:

NHMRC Liaison Officer
Ms Josie Italia
Ph (03) 9635 5028
CancerCouncilGrants@cancervic.org.au

Cancer Council NSW Research Governance Officer
Dr John Williams
Ph (02) 9334 1993
research@nswcc.org.au

Information regarding submission of applications to the NHMRC can be obtained from the Research Help Centre.
Ph 1800 500 983
help@nhmrc.gov.au

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