Current funding opportunities in cancer research

Internal funding opportunities
External funding opportunities

University Cancer SPARC Implementation Proposals – EOI due 23 Jan 2015

A second round of expressions of interest is now open for Cancer SPARC Implementation Fund proposals, unrestricted by location of the funded researcher. The format and process will be the same as for the MRI round.

The first step is an informal expression of intent to or . This gives an opportunity for rationalising possible bids and identifying areas of common interest across SPARCs. See the proposal template for more information. The closing date for expressions of intent is Friday, 23 January 2015, and applications must be received by COB Monday, 2 February 2015.

The general characteristics of what is fundable through SPARCS are expressed below – as articulated in the Wills review and following decisions of SEG:

(SPARCs themselves should have these – from the Wills Review)

  • Are, or have potential to be, large-scale, cross-disciplinary and cross-organisational
  • Sydney has demonstrated research strength
  • Addresses significant national and international health challenges
  • Inspires the creativity and innovation of our researchers


(SPARC-funded activity should also have these attributes, as agreed by Deans and DVCs at SEG)

  • Emergent strength
  • Potential for unexpected discoveries at interface of disciplines
  • Transformational impact on societal problems
  • Opens door to new opportunities for research and education
  • Attracts new external partnerships and linkages
  • Applies an innovative approach to a complex problem
  • Delivers outcomes identified as priorities for Australia and the world
  • Success measured by positive impacts on the health of individuals, communities and the population


The highest rated proposals would have a strong impact in more than one of the following cancer research themes:

  • Populations, policy and services
  • Clinical research and new therapies
  • Cancer biology
  • Psycho-oncology


The scoring criteria are therefore:

  • Innovation and collaboration – the proposal and team embody a novel approach to a complex problem.
  • Impact – a successful outcome will have implications for more than one research theme.
  • Feasibility – the team has the capacity to achieve what they propose.
  • Measurable – it is clear how success will be measured.


Proposals submitted to the MRI round 1, but not funded, are eligible to be considered again, or modified, in this round.

Please contact directly at any time with any questions.

Current external funding opportunities

Judith Annette Thompson PhD scholarship investigating bowel cancer
Australian Rotary Health
Maximum amount: $101,500
Deadline: 30 January 2015

Rotary Club of Dural PhD scholarship investigating primary lymphoedema
Australian Rotary Health
Maximum amount: $101,500
Deadline: 30 January 2015

Ann Henderson PhD scholarship investigating brain cancer
Australian Rotary Health
Maximum amount: $101,500
Deadline: 30 January 2015

Rotary Club of Caringbah PhD scholarship investigating brain tumours
Australian Rotary Health
Maximum amount: $101,500
Deadline: 30 January 2015

Medical research grants
Ian Potter Foundation
Maximum amount: Unknown
Deadline: 3 February 2015

Medical devices fund
New South Wales Ministry of Health
Maximum amount: $5,000,000
Deadline: 5 February 2015

Conference support
National Breast Cancer Foundation
Maximum amount: $15,000
Deadline: 27 February 2015

Centres of research excellence scheme
NHMRC
Maximum amount: $2,500,000
Deadline: 4 March 2015

Discovery projects
Australian Research Council
Maximum amount: $2,500,000
Deadline: 4 March 2015