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Cancer Council ACT Research Grants

Please refer to the guidelines below. For any enquiries, please contact us.

Pictured: Dr Olga Zaytseva, 2023 Research Grant recipient.

Guidelines

Your research may be into any aspect of cancer. This includes the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care and encompasses population health strategies, medical research, clinical and psychosocial care.

Olga

All cancer researchers affiliated with an administering institution located in the ACT are eligible to apply. The majority of the research must be conducted in the ACT and the majority of costs must be incurred in the ACT.

More details are outlined below.

Download the application form here.

  • Full electronic applications must be submitted to reception@actcancer.org
  • Applications will be distributed to the review panel.
  • Members of the panel will individually assess, score and rank applications.
  • The reviewers will then meet to moderate and then consolidate scores and rankings and where necessary provide brief comments against the selection criteria.
  • Ranked applications will then be discussed at a Research Committee meeting to consolidate a score and ranking.
  • A funding recommendation will then go to the CCACT Board. The final list will also contain a shortlist of applications.
  • Successful applicants will be informed in late April.
  • CCACT makes the final decision over which grant it funds.  This may include making no award or awarding part of the total funding pool if no or insufficient suitable application(s) is (are) received
  • Feedback on applications will be available on request.

Timeline

The below dates are guidelines and are subject to change. 

December 

Applications open.

February

Applications close, shortlisting commences.

March

Shortlisted applications provided to the Assessment Panel. 

April

Recommendation for endorsement of funding presented to Cancer Council ACT Board. 

May

Contracts finalised and payment made prior to end of June.

  • Appropriately qualified researchers are eligible for Cancer Council ACT (CCACT) Research Grant funding. Such research will be affiliated with an administering institution located in the ACT. The work to be funded may be into any aspect of cancer. This includes the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care and encompasses population health strategies, medical research, clinical and psychosocial care. The majority of the research must be conducted in the ACT and the majority of costs must be incurred in the ACT.
  • Persons who are applicants for, or in receipt of, tobacco industry funding are not eligible to apply for, or receive funding from, CCACT. Staff of institutions receiving funding from the tobacco industry will also not be eligible to apply for, or receive funding from, CCACT.
  • Closing date and time of the scheme, formatting length and supporting documentation requirements must be strictly adhered to. Applicants not meeting these requirements will not be eligible for funding.
  • A Chief Investigator (CI) may only submit one application per Research Grant round.
  • Chief Investigators on any current CCACT Research Grant are ineligible to apply for another CCACT Research Grant during the term of the Grant.
  • CCACT will not fund projects that are in receipt of current funding from another source.
  • Research projects involving human subjects or animal experiments are required to provide appropriate research ethics committee approval.

Assessment criteria for applications is weighted as follows:

  • Quality of the research proposal, including feasibility and budget (50%)
  • Research capacity, including track record and research team (25%)
    • Applications with an early career researcher as the lead investigator will receive additional 20% weighting in this category. Please indicate on the form if you are an early career researcher. This includes those who obtained their PhD or highest degree ≤ 5 FTE years ago or who have had no grants as a lead investigator (>$10,000). If you are unsure whether you meet this criterion, please contact CCACT.
  • Research significance and innovation, including alignment with the strategic direction of CCACT and broader contribution to the field of cancer research (25%).
  1. The term of each funding round will be 12 months.
  2. Grants will provide support for one year and the project is to be completed within this timeframe.
  3. Funding will not be provided to cover overhead costs levied by an administrating institution.
  4. Research funding must be spent, as outlined in the application, by the project close date. Unspent funds will be reclaimed.
  5. Progress reports and a final Report, on the approved template, must be submitted.
  6. No part of the funding is to be used for external conference attendance.
  7. If a sole CI leaves their current employment, then the grant must be relinquished.
  8. Funding cannot be used for CI salaries, or to fund a Research Higher Degree candidate’s stipend or fees.
  9. Funding is subject to investigators obtaining relevant ethics committee approvals (if required).
  10. Advise CCACT of publications related to the grant research project.

Apply now

At Cancer Council ACT, we are committed to fostering the success of ACT research to reduce the impact and instance of cancer in our community.

Applications for funding are now open.