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

ACRF major grant 2018

In keeping with the mission of ACRF, to promote bold and significant programs that will facilitate major advances in the prevention, early detection, treatment and/or management of cancer, ACRF invites applications for a special $10 million grant.

A detailed written application will be accepted from Monday 5 March, 2018 and will close on Friday 4 May, 2018.

A special expert panel, nominated by the Medical Research Advisory Committee, will review the applications for scientific merit and select a short list to proceed to interview including a site visit.



The ACRF annual grant round is now open. Please download application guidelines below.

A detailed written application can be submitted no later than 5pm (Sydney time) Friday 22 June, 2018.

Contact us

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