About research at Cancer Council NSW

Research is fundamental to unlocking the answers that will help us beat cancer. Cancer Council NSW is committed to conducting and funding research that enhances outcomes across the entire cancer journey. We are proud of our role in the cancer research space and continue to be one of the largest non-government funders of cancer research in Australia. Over the past 10 years, Cancer Council NSW has been privileged to contribute $153 million into research – supporting the best ideas and the best people in research.

Through a program of grants, we fund groundbreaking cancer research being undertaken by eminent and internationally recognised Australian researchers. We also have a dedicated team of our own researchers based at Cancer Council NSW who specialise in providing expert, impartial evidence that influences the actions of government policy makers, doctors and the community to reduce the impact of cancer.

Our unique position in the cancer research community

NSW has a large and culturally diverse population of over seven million people. The state has the largest population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the country and around one in four residents were born overseas. This diverse population allows our researchers to undertake research that not only benefits the people of NSW but also has relevance to the rest of Australia and globally.

Our research generates cutting edge knowledge which informs changes to policies and practice. This unique ability to translate research into real world practice within the same organisation makes Cancer Council NSW an exciting place to undertake research.

Research funded by Cancer Council NSW

Every year, we commit around $10 million in funding to support researchers.  As a charity with limited funding, research experts, cancer patients, survivors and carers help us decide what research to fund.

Before we invest in any new research project, it is reviewed by both scientific experts and our panel of cancer survivors and carers. This allows us to make sure we fund research that is of most benefit to the cancer community while maintaining the highest scientific standards.

Learn more about how we fund research.

Read about research projects we are currently funding.


Research conducted by Cancer Council NSW

Our in-house research is focused on understanding cancer risks, trends and outcomes right across the population. This research provides the critical evidence to underpin cancer control initiatives nationally and internationally. The team conducts epidemiological research, combining medicine, health sciences, and social sciences on the one hand and statistics on the other.

Here is Professor Karen Canfell, Director of Cancer Research, talking about what it’s like to be a researcher at Cancer Council NSW.


Research staff at Cancer Council NSW

Find out more about our in-house research team at Cancer Council NSW.


Our work is enriched through access to an international network of more than 150 collaborations.

Find out more

For further information on cancer research funded or conducted by Cancer Council NSW, please contact us at
(02) 9334 1860 or cancerresearchdivision@nswcc.org.au
Or follow @CCNSWResearch on Twitter.