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 (prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship) and to drive major advances in research. Our research commitment in the last decade has been $153 million. 

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 2019 for funding in 2020


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 Closed



For enquiries about these schemes contact:
Research Grants Management Team