Research Project Grant applications

Calling for Applications: Research Project Grants  for funding to commence in 2018

Cancer Council NSW is 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 2018 for research into any aspects of cancer, including its causes, mechanisms, prevention, treatment and care, and the organisation and performance of cancer control services.


How to apply



Visit the NHMRC website for information about how to apply for Project Grants via RGMS (Research Grants management System).
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.

RGMS opens for applications: 11 January, 2017

RGMS Application DEADLINE:  15 March 2017


Complete the Supplementary Questions Form (Word)
Submit to the National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat –
Must be submitted as a PDF file.

Supplementary Questions DEADLINE:  17 March 2017


Applicants for Cancer Council NSW funding must also complete the
Cancer Council NSW Consumer Review Form (Word) – Worth 50% of your final score.
via reference to the Project Grants Consumer Review Guidelines (PDF)

Submit to Cancer Council NSW –

Cancer Council NSW Consumer Review form DEADLINE:  31 March 2017


Eligibility criteria and guidelines for applicants

Applicants ineligible to apply for NHMRC Project Grant funding are eligible 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 Policy and Conditions of Award document for Cancer Council NSW-specific eligibility criteria.

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.

Two concurrent CCNSW Project Grants can be held by any one Chief Investigator A (CIA).

The maximum budget which can be requested from Cancer Council NSW for a Project Grant is $150,000 per annum for three years.



Required Documents

In addition to the RGMS application, applicants for Cancer Council NSW Project Grant funding must complete a set of Supplementary Questions and a Consumer Review Form


Supplementary questions

Supplementary Questions requires applicants to explain how they will modify the aims and objectives of their proposed study to fit within the funding limits of the Cancer Councils. Supplementary Questions will not be available to the NHMRC and are for the exclusive use of the Cancer Council to assist consideration of funding applications.

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

Submit to:  Cancer Council’s National Cancer Research Grants Secretariat –
Format:  A single PDF
File name format:  App ID_SuppQs_CIA Family Name.pdf  (e.g. ‘123456_SuppQs_Smith.pdf’ )
Due date:  Friday 17 March 2017



Consumer Review Form

The consumer review component of your application accounts for 50% of the final Cancer Council NSW score and ranking. Consumer involvement in the research is required for all applications and types of research.

Please refer to the Project Grants Consumer Review Guidelines (PDF) when preparing your responses to the Consumer Review Form.

It is important to Cancer Council NSW that both the scientific and the wider community value the research we fund. Research funding comes 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 supports us.

Applications for Cancer Council NSW Project Grant funding must address five consumer review criteria: 

  • Extent of benefit
  • Pathway for realising the benefit
  • Potential for application of findings
  • Equity
  • Consumer involvement.

Applicants’ responses to these criteria will 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 to determine the final ranking of applications. That is, the Consumer Review Panel score will comprise 50% of the final score. More information on the Consumer Review Panel is available here.

Submit to:  Cancer Council NSW –
Format:  A single PDF
File name format:  NHMRCApplicationID_ConsumerReview2017-CIALastname.doc (e.g. ‘100100_ConsumerReview2017-Smith.doc’)
Due date:  Friday 31 March 2017



Review Process

Review of applications to Cancer Council NSW occurs in two stages.  Applications are initially reviewed through the NHMRC peer review system for scientific quality, significance and innovation, and team quality and capacity.  Those applications ranked fundable by the NHMRC are then reviewed for potential benefit and engagement with cancer consumers by Cancer Council NSW’s Consumer Review Panel.  The NHMRC scientific scores and the Consumer Review Panel scores are combined equally to derive the final CCNSW score and ranked funding list.  Applicants are notified of outcomes in December each year and funding is formally awarded by Cancer Council NSW Board at the annual Research Awards event. 


Further Information

Please visit the NHMRC website for information about applying and for access to RGMS, which opens to applications for 2017 Project Grants on 11 January, 2017.

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 Cancer Council NSW Consumer Review Form (Word) and the accompanying Project Grants Consumer Review Guidelines (PDF).

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.

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.