Call for Funding applications is now open as of 10th January 2018.

funders logosCancer Australia’s Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme 2018

Cancer Australia’s Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PDCCRS) is an annual national research project grants scheme which funds cancer research in identified priority areas to help reduce the impact of cancer in the community and improve outcomes for people affected by cancer.

Through its partnership approach, the PdCCRS brings together funders of cancer research to coordinate funding of priority-driven cancer research at the national level and maximise cancer research investment across Australia. The Scheme is also designed to foster collaboration between cancer researchers to build Australia’s cancer research capacity, and encourage consumer participation in cancer research, from design to implementation

 

The scheme aims to:

  • fund research in tumour areas that place a high burden of disease on the Australian community;
  • fund cancer research projects that directly relate to the identified priorities of Cancer Australia and/or its Funding Partners; and
  • fund research that can directly improve cancer outcomes by influencing clinical practice, policy and/or

IMPORTANT PdCCRS DATES INFORMATION

  • PdCCRS application documents are available on the GrantConnect website from 22 December 2017 to facilitate collaboration and planning of research projects;
  • Call for applications to the PdCCRS opens 10 January 2018; applications can be submitted through the NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) from this date;
  • Applicants intending to apply to the PdCCRS Young Investigator categories MUST complete the New Investigator online eligibility form via RGMS (see NHMRC website) by 24 January 2018;
  • Minimum application data must be entered into RGMS by 14 February 2018;
  • Applications to the 2018 round of the PdCCRS close in line with the NHMRC Project Grants round at 5:00pm AEDT 14 March 2018.

In 2018, Cancer Australia and its partners:

  • Cancer Council Australia
  • Cancer Council NSW
  • Children’s Cancer Foundation
  • Cure Cancer Australia
  • Leukaemia Foundation of Australia
  • My Room
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Pancare Foundation
  • The Kids’ Cancer Project

will offer funding for project grants in identified priority areas.

Changes to the 2018 PdCCRS

New funding categories with a focus on Childhood Cancers of Low Survival are being introduced this year. Standard Project (Category A) and Young Investigator (Categories B-D) grants now have corresponding rules and application documents for Childhood Cancers of Low Survival.

Applicants now have the option to submit applications for:

  • Standard Project grant – All Cancers Research Priorities
  • Standard Project grant – Childhood Cancers of Low Survival Research Priorities
  • Young Investigator grant – All Cancers Research Priorities
  • Young Investigator grant – Childhood Cancers of Low Survival Research Priorities

The following funding categories will be offered through the Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme in 2017.

Standard Project Grants – All Cancers Research Priorities

Funding Category A: Project grants of up to three years duration, with funding available up to

$600,000 (GST-exclusive), with a maximum in any one year of $200,000 (GST-exclusive) will be offered by Cancer Australia, Cancer Council Australia, Cancer Council NSW, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Pancare Foundation and The Kids’ Cancer Project. All project grant applications ranging from 1 to 3 years within a budget ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 per annum will be considered by Cancer Australia and these funding partners.

Standard Project Grants – Childhood Cancers of Low Survival Research Priorities

Funding Category A: Project grants of up to three years duration, with funding available up to

$600,000 (GST-exclusive), with a maximum in any one year of $200,000 (GST-exclusive) will be

offered by Cancer Australia and The Kids’ Cancer Project. All project grant applications ranging from 1 to 3 years within a budget ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 per annum will be considered by Cancer Australia and these funding partners.

Category A research projects must be:

  • Priority-driven (relate specifically to a research priority area specified by Cancer Australia and/or a Funding Category A funding partner).
  • Outcome/impact focused (projects will improve outcomes in cancer control and/or impact on populations with poorer outcomes within the community).
  • Translatable (approaches and methodologies will be provided to translate research findings to impact on clinical practice, policy and/ or further research in order to impact on cancer control in Australia).
  • Collaborative (projects are cross-disciplinary, national, multi-state, multi-institutional and/or key disciplines are part of the grant application).
  • Engage consumers (consumers are involved in the design and ongoing conduct of the research project).

Young Investigator Project Grants – All Cancers Research Priorities

Funding Category B: Project grants of one year duration for up to $100,000 (GST-exclusive) will be offered by Cancer Australia, Cure Cancer Australia and Leukaemia Foundation of Australia to support project grants by post-doctoral researchers with 1-3 years post-doctoral experience or 1-3 years post MBBS qualification, undertaking a one year research project into malignant disease.

Funding Category C: Project grants of up to 2 years duration for up to $200,000 (GST-exclusive), with a maximum in any one year of $100,000, will be offered by Cancer Australia, Cure Cancer Australia, Leukaemia Foundation of Australia and The Kids’ Cancer Project to support project grants by post- doctoral researchers with 4-7 years post-doctoral experience or 4-7 years post MBBS qualification, undertaking a 1-2 year research project into malignant disease.

Funding Category D: Project grants of one year duration for up to $100,000 (GST-exclusive) will be offered by Cancer Australia and Cure Cancer Australia to support project grants by post-doctoral researchers with 1-7 years post-doctoral experience or 1-7 years post MBBS qualification, undertaking a one year research project in the field of bioinformatics for cancer research.

Young Investigator Project Grants – Childhood Cancers of Low Survival Research Priorities

Funding Category B: Project grants of one year duration for up to $100,000 (GST-exclusive) will be offered by Cancer Australia , Leukaemia Foundation of Australia and My Room to support project grants by post-doctoral researchers with 1-3 years post-doctoral experience or 1-3 years post MBBS qualification, undertaking a one year research project into malignant disease.

Funding Category C: Project grants of up to 2 years duration for up to $200,000 (GST-exclusive), with a maximum in any one year of $100,000, will be offered by Cancer Australia and The Kids’ Cancer Project to support project grants by post-doctoral researchers with 4-7 years post-doctoral experience or 4-7 years post MBBS qualification, undertaking a 1-2 year research project into malignant disease.

Funding Category D: Project grants of one year duration for up to $100,000 (GST-exclusive) will be offered by Cancer Australia and Children’s Cancer Foundation to support project grants by post- doctoral researchers with 1-7 years post-doctoral experience or 1-7 years post MBBS qualification, undertaking a one year research project in the field of bioinformatics for cancer research.

Funding Categories B, C and D cannot be used to provide a salary or other support for a young investigator as part of a larger PdCCRS project grant application.

Categories B-D research projects must demonstrate:

  • Alignment with a research priority area (relate specifically to a research priority area specified by Cancer Australia and/ or Cure Cancer Australia
  • Track record of the applicant in regard to opportunity (list of all publications and patents and a description of the applicants role in the publications and patents, summary of research experience, other relevant experience, and academic qualifications and awards).
  • Career development (career development objectives, and research environment in which the research will be undertaken).
  • Relevance of project to cancer control.
  • Consumer involvement (involvement in identifying relevance, study design, or consumer engagement in the development of this project).

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