Cancer research grants

Cancer Council NSW is one of the largest non-government funders of cancer research in Australia. Our goal is to fund world-class, ground-breaking research to cover all aspects of cancer control (causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship) and to drive major advances in research. 

In the past 5 years alone, Cancer Council NSW has invested $83.6 million into essential cancer research

Funds are awarded for research which is deemed (i) through a process of peer review to be of the highest scientific merit; and (ii) through a process of consumer review to be of value to the community which supports us. 

Cancer Council NSW offers both large and small grants

Grant Scheme


Maximum Funding



Translational Program Grant

To support multi-disciplinary approaches to cancer research that will rapidly translate research discoveries into clinical programs and policy. $3.75 million over 5 years 2020 for funding in 2021


Project Grant

To support research into any aspects of cancer, including its causes, mechanisms, prevention, treatment and care, and the organisation and performance of cancer control services.

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). Applicants will be required to comply with Cancer Council NSW Project Grant requirements.

$450,000 over 3 years Annual TBA

Sally Crossing AM Award for an Outstanding Outcome in Cancer Research

Rewards outstanding achievement in cancer research, the inclusion of consumers in research, and the delivery of significant benefit to the cancer community.

Eligible researchers will have received Cancer Council NSW competitive research funding as lead chief investigator in the previous decade.

$50,000 over 1 year Annual Closed



For enquiries about these schemes contact:
Research Grants Management Team