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08
Jun
2017

2017 Innovation & Fellowship Grants

 

By Michelle Stewart, Head of Research Strategy, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation

The last five years have seen the largest brain cancer research push in Australian history. While many research projects are promising and have demonstrated a marginal impact on survival, much more needs to be done in order to meet Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s mission: to improve five-year survival from the current 20 per cent to 50 per cent by 2023. 

Philanthropic organisations and charities have a key role to play in supporting bold and innovative research, which currently has little chance of being funded by the broader brain cancer research paradigm. While Cure Brain Cancer Foundation will continue to invest in mainstream research projects and ideas, it also welcomes alternative thinking that may improve outcomes for brain cancer patients.

That’s why we have invested more than $11.8 million directly into research over the past five years, and provided more than $2.2 million in grants since the announcement of its last grant round in 2014. Cure Brain Cancer Foundation has also provided funding for innovative projects that disrupt the overall research system e.g. innovative trial designs (GBM AGILE) and infrastructure support to encourage greater collaboration between researchers (Brain Cancer Discovery Collaborative).

These grants will build the necessary capacity within brain cancer research to accelerate new treatment options to brain cancer patients, and unleash the most innovative, bold ideas to transform the brain cancer research paradigm. Ultimately, the projects awarded these grants must have the potential to meaningfully and quickly improve brain cancer survival.

Innovation Grants

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation will look to fund projects that do not receive support within the existing research paradigm. The Innovation Grants will support researchers who have a track record of project success, no matter which field they have previously worked in. We know the key to finding a brain cancer breakthrough may not come from those currently working within brain cancer research. These grants will empower researchers from all areas of expertise to submit higher-risk ideas, with potentially higher reward, that can be applied to brain cancer. This will broaden the brain cancer knowledge base and could increase survival.

The aim of this investment is to produce proof-of-concept data for these projects, and establish whether the ideas are feasible for ongoing funding and future grant applications upon conclusion of the projects.

Early Career Fellowship Grant

The Early Career Fellowship Grant will provide support and funding for a brain cancer researcher for the first three years of their work. This will aim to incentivise the most promising researchers to view brain cancer as a field where a long and productive career path is clear, which has not traditionally been the case.

Successful applicants will continue to build essential capacity within brain cancer research, and ensure the next generation of brilliant minds will be applied to brain cancer.

For more information, please visit our 2017 grant opportunities page

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