At the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF), we are committed to outsmarting cancer by providing world-class scientists with the equipment they need to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all types of cancer. 

We aim to change the lives and future of those impacted from cancer by providing grants to fund cancer research projects around Australia.

Thanks to our generous supporters, we have awarded 78 grants totalling over $165 million to 42 Australian research initiatives.

The projects selected for research funding are the best of the best by world standards.

Our grants and research projects have led to ground-breaking developments in cancer research

The projects we select for research funding are the best of the best by world standards Some key achievements of our grant recipients and research projects include;

  • Development of a new HPV Cervical Cancer Vaccine: ACRF gave initial seed funding to Professor Ian Frazer’s research into the cervical cancer (HPV) vaccine. Over 150 million doses of the vaccine have been delivered worldwide to date. 
  • Major study which uncovered new breast cancer genes: ACRF has given three grants, totalling AUD 8.4 million to QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute which led to a team of researchers at this Institute discovering at least 12 new genes that influence the risk of developing breast cancer.
  • A new blood test that detects early stages of cancer: ACRF provided $5.5 million in funding to The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute where researchers developed a blood test that can detect the presence of eight common cancers. The test has been shown to reliably detect early stage and curable cancers.

Please click on the links below to read more about our past cancer research grant recipients.