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07
Jun
2017

New grants announced to ignite innovative research

The Foundation's Innovation and Fellowship Grants are a necessary response to poor survival rates, which haven’t improved for more than 30 years. It’s hoped the new grants will attract brilliant minds from all areas of expertise into brain cancer research, helping the Foundation meet its mission to increase brain cancer survival from 20 per cent to 50 per cent by 2023.

Currently, a hugely game-changing idea may already exist, which doesn’t fit within the boundaries of traditional funding models, meaning it will never come to fruition. 

The Foundation’s Innovation Grants will ensure these bold ideas are not lost, encouraging researchers from all disciplines to submit higher-risk ideas, with potentially higher survival outcomes for patients. The Innovation Grants will incentivise research, which some funding models consider too radical to fund. This will provide a platform to enable big, promising ideas, which could help revolutionise treatment, or at least unlock critical new knowledge to benefit individuals and families impacted by the disease.

Meanwhile, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Fellowship Grants will incentivise the most promising, early career researchers to work in brain cancer, building critical capacity in the field, and ensuring the brightest minds are working to increase brain cancer survival.

Michelle Stewart, Head of Research Strategy at Cure Brain Cancer Foundation said, “We know we must dare greatly and think differently to transform the unacceptable treatment paradigm. We must collaborate with the most brilliant minds to spark bold, innovative ideas that will accelerate quality treatments to patients and improve survival.”

Doubters never believed a man would land on the moon, break the sound barrier, or cure deadly diseases, like polio, but thanks to bold ideas from brilliant minds, the doubters were proven wrong. These grants follow in that tradition, providing funding to bold ideas with the potential to meaningfully and quickly increase brain cancer survival.

Both grants are part of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s patient-centric research strategy, which puts people living with brain cancer first, getting new treatments to them faster. The strategy attempts to achieve systematic change by funding the entire research pathway.

The Innovation and Fellowship Grants are part of a portfolio of research grants to be announced by the Foundation over the coming year and are part of a raft of research initiatives designed to quickly improve brain cancer survival. Cure Brain Cancer Foundation will announce the recipients of both grants in November 2017, with the research expected to begin in early 2018.

Applications are now open for both grants, and we thank generous donors who helped make them possible. 

If you are a researcher and want to find out more about how to apply for these grants