Five of Australia’s best cancer research initiatives in the running for ACRF grants!

The ACRF was thrilled to recently receive 12 applications for our cancer research grants in 2012, representing a need for $41.7 million.

These applications have since been reviewed by our esteemed, independent Medical Research Advisory Committee and a shortlist of five fantastic initiatives has been identified for further assessment.

Each application presents an impressive, visionary project – three of which have been submitted by research centres in Brisbane with one more in each of Sydney and Melbourne.

Each research centre has been invited to submit a follow-up application containing further detail about their research projects, with site visits to be conducted by the Medical Research Advisory Committee in October. The final grant awardees will be announced at our annual Chairman’s Dinner in November 2012.

Centre for Clinical Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane

The UQ Centre for Clinical Research has applied for funding to purchase one of the first commercially available clinical (human) MRI/PET scanners. This application aims to establish a single site facility for clinical oncology imaging with hybrid molecular imaging technology. Continue reading “Five of Australia’s best cancer research initiatives in the running for ACRF grants!”

Funding research with the power to beat cancer!

ACRF cancer research grantsThe ACRF is thrilled to have received 12 applications for world-class cancer research after submissions for ACRF grants in 2012 closed last Friday.

Together, the applications represent a need for $41.7 million in cutting-edge technologies and/or capital works for the development of high-tech facilities and collaborative initiatives. It is a strong indication of how important it is for the ACRF and other bodies to continue funding research that has the potential to make significant break-throughs in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Six applications have been received from Brisbane, with two each in Sydney and Melbourne, and then one more in each of Adelaide and Perth. The scope of works is truly impressive, and it’s fantastic to see the research expertise within so many Australian states represented in this mix. Continue reading “Funding research with the power to beat cancer!”

50% increase in ACRF funding applications an endorsement of no budget cuts

The Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) is thrilled that funding to medical research through the NHMRC will be maintained in the 2011/2012 budget.

“It is wonderful to see the government recognise the vital need for continued investment in medical research in Australia,” said ACRF Chief Executive, David Brettell.

“It would have been a huge shame to interrupt the momentum of such vital research initiatives.”

To highlight the growing need for research dollars, ACRF has just received grant applications totaling $50 million. These grants provide seed funding to leading cancer research institutes across Australia. Continue reading “50% increase in ACRF funding applications an endorsement of no budget cuts”