Grants & applications
Use this section to find out about our approach to funding research, the grants and applications process and to complete an application.
Proactive research strategy
Cure Brain Cancer is dedicated to accelerating treatments to patients. We fund priority-driven research through a combination of competitive research grants and proactive identification of promising research. We will identify and fund high-potential projects and critical knowledge gaps that do not fit into traditional funding mechanisms. We will support researchers from successful application to implementation, and enable translation of basic scientific findings into therapeutic interventions for patients.
For more information, see our national research strategy here.
Accelerating treatments to patients
Through the Cure Brain Cancer application process we aim to provide funding for the projects with the greatest potential for patients. These projects will have clear next steps if the research is successful. In addition to support offered in this year we also intend to promote and secure funding for highly promising projects that we are unable to fund at this current point in time. Our team of fundraisers will actively market these projects to our donors and Sponsors who are engaged in the area of brain cancer and would like to add value to a project that has been through our scientific review.
We are greatly increasing our donor base and actively deepening community engagement with the sole purpose of increasing funding for promising brain cancer research. Our intention is to deliver impact for patients by supporting researchers.
If you believe you have an idea that would make a difference and doesn’t fit into our current process please feel free to raise it with us.
Types of grants
There are four categories of grants available currently; innovation grants, collaboration grants and clinical research grants. Read the descriptions below to help you define the category for your application.
The Innovation Grant aims to fund new research projects that deviate from existing paradigms and current lines of investigation. The grant allows investigators to follow leading observations and exploration of novel ideas in brain cancer research. The grant supports investigators to produce proof-of-concept data for their higher-risk projects and establish feasibility for future research and grant applications.
Applications must meet the aims set out for the Innovation Grant as well as the criteria set out in section 2 of ‘Information for applicants and conditions of funding'.
Up to $200,000 over 2 years.
The Collaboration Grant aims to provide funding to Australian researchers to participate in collaborative research projects with international researchers. This grant also encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration, between brain cancer research groups and other specialities, for example oncology, immunotherapy, nanotechnology, genomics and bioinformatics
Applications must meet the aims set out for the Collaboration Grant as well as the criteria set out in section 2 of ‘Information for applicants and conditions of funding'.
Up to $200,000 over 2 years.
Clinical Research Grant
The Clinical Research Grant aims to provide funding for a clinical trial which has the objective of increasing overall patient survival.
Applications must meet the aims set out for the Clinical Research Grant as well as the criteria set out in section 2 of ‘Information for applicants and conditions of funding'.
Up to $500,000.
Tony Lucas Research Grant
The Tony Lucas Research Grant sits within the framework of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation (CBCF) to fund research into brain cancer. Tony’s daughter Bec Lucas founded the initiative when she was 19 after her father passed in 2011, in hope of continuing his passion and commitment for accelerating brain cancer research the Tony Lucas Research Grant will be awarded to a project with aims that align with Tony’s vision.
Projects may include:
- Research investigating brain tumour progression
- Underlying causes of brain tumours, for example environmental or genetic causes
The project must include a translational component.
Applications must meet the aims set out for the Tony Lucas Research Grant as well as the criteria set out in section 2 of ‘Information for applicants and conditions of funding'.
$200,000 for 2 years
Contact for enquiries
Grant Administration Office
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