ACRF provides grants for scientific equipment and other technologies as well as the establishment of capital works and facilities and national enterprises in support of all aspects of cancer research.

ACRF is a ‘seed’ funding body and is therefore interested in applications for larger scale research projects with value over and above the amount sought directly from ACRF. We expect applicants to leverage ACRF grants to secure any ‘gap’ funding and also to feature multi-disciplinary teams, collaborations and evidence of the translational impacts at a clinical level (with patients).

Assessment of applications

All applications are considered and assessed by our Medical Research Advisory Committee, a group of highly distinguished research scientists who are appointed by ACRF’s Board of Trustees.

The procedures of the Committee are similar to those employed by the National Health and Medical Research Council and include the assessment of applications by referees and independent expert assessors, as well as site visits and interviews of selected short-listed applicants.

The Committee’s recommendations for funding are reviewed and finalised by the ACRF Board of Trustees.

Currently open grant rounds


Applications for the 2019 ACRF Grant Round will be accepted from Tuesday March 5, 2019, with the grant round closing on Friday May 10, 2019.

Eligible persons and groups (as defined in the application guidelines) are invited to submit a single detailed written application.

The ACRF’s Medical Research Advisory Committee (MRAC) will select from these applications a short-list, on the basis of eligibility and scientific merit, that will proceed to interview and, if deemed appropriate, a site visit.

Please use the links below to access our 2019 Guidelines and Application Format forms for an indication of eligibility and application requirements.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding ACRF grants process, please contact Cheryl Riddington on 1300 884 988 or