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14
Mar
2019

$1 million fund to back brain cancer research


Dr Ryan Cross at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, one of two recipients of a 2017 Cure Brain Cancer Foundation Early Career Fellowship.

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation has announced more than $1 million of funding for vital brain cancer research in Australia, aimed at rapidly improving survival rates and ultimately finding a cure for a disease that kills more Australian children than any other, and more adults under 40 than any other cancer.

2019 Innovation Grants 

At least two Innovation Grants are planned, worth $200,000 each over two years. Innovation Grants will be awarded to researchers whose projects are outside the box and approach the complex problem of brain cancer with fresh ideas and novel lines of investigation. As these are often high-risk, high-reward projects, funding opportunities from traditional sources are scarce, leaving Cure Brain Cancer Foundation to lead the way in funding this kind of research.

In the past two years, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation has funded five Innovation Grants, worth more than $1 million. This forms just part of the Foundation's passionate commitment to innovative research we believe will most rapidly find a cure for brain cancer.

Expressions of interest are now open and close 5pm AEST, Tuesday 23 April 2019

 
Cure Brain Cancer Foundation Innovation Grant recipient (2017), Dr Leonie Quinn, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University.  

2019 Early Career Fellowships 

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation will fund two prestigious Early Career Fellowships, each worth $345,000 over three years to attract and retain the best and brightest young minds to brain cancer research, building vital capacity and talent in the space.

The work of existing Early Career Fellowship recipients Dr Laura Genovesi (The University of Queensland Institute for Molecular Bioscience) and Dr Ryan Cross (The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research) are leading ground-breaking projects in identifying new therapies for medulloblastoma and immunotherapeutic strategies to target gliomas.

Applications open Wednesday 20 March 2019 and close 5pm AEST, Wednesday 15 May 2019 

Applications will be reviewed by Cure Brain Cancer Foundation's world-renowned Scientific Advisory Committee and successful grant recipients will be announced later this year. These grants aim to increase capacity in brain cancer research and bring brilliant minds from all areas of expertise into the field, moving us towards a cure, faster.

These grants form part of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation's $20 million commitment to the Australian Brain Cancer Mission (ABCM), a $100 million government-backed plan to double brain cancer survival in a decade. These research commitments take Cure Brain Cancer Foundation's funding commitments to the ABCM to more than $5.3 million since it launched in October 2017. 

Find out more about these grants and apply here