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2018 Opportunities

Find out about available and upcoming funding opportunities, including project grants and fellowships.


Cure Brain Cancer Foundation funds research grants designed to meaningfully and quickly improve survival outcomes for people with brain cancer.

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that all eligible researchers have an equal opportunity to participate in the Foundation's grant funding schemes. You can read our Equal Opportunity Statement here.    


Applications close 12 November, 17:00 AEDT

For the first time, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation have come together to jointly fund high impact translational research that spans both primary bran cancer and breast cancers to improve survival for people diagnosed with these diseases.

Leading researchers from both cancers will investigate the connections between primary brain cancer and breast cancer. This will facilitate new, innovative approaches to tackling the diseases, potentially transforming the clinical management of both cancers by delivering meaningful patient outcomes significantly faster.

The jointly funded $1 million grant ($500,000 from each foundation) will be awarded to new, high-impact research, which spans both primary brain cancer and breast cancer, and seeks to improve survival for people living with both diseases. In addition, projects will be judged on excellence in project design and infrastructure, and must be complemented by an outstanding team of scientists, while demonstrating alignment to the missions of both Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


The total funding available is AUD$1 million over 3 to 5 years which will fund one or two research projects. The total requested budget must not exceed AUD$1 million. All applications will be subject to a thorough budget review as part of the peer review process.

Read the grant guidelines here.


Principle Investigators must:

  • Undertake research at an Australian research institution
  • Investigate both primary brain and breast cancer
  • Have a read and agree to the terms and conditions of funding 

Apply now!


Deadline passed 19 March, 17:00 AEDT

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation's Infrastructure Grant aims to increase the capacity, validity and effectiveness of brain cancer research models systems in Australia. 

This grant will provide support to key research groups that currently develop primary brain cancer model systems and provide these as a resource to other research groups. Model systems are a valuable resource to quality medical research and it is vital that Australian researchers have access to this critical technology to accelerate the number and quality of potential brain cancer agents to clinical trials. 

Successful applications will demonstrate collaboration and mentorship to other groups in Australia and will be prepared to continue to collaborate and build capacity in Australian brain cancer research.


This Infrastructure grant-in-aid will provide up to $400,000. That is, up to $100,000 per year for four years.


We encourage applications from researchers that provide, and aim to continuously improve models for basic science and translational research of brain cancer and the testing of potential treatments.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have previously provided support and resources to researchers at multiple institutions. Applicants must be prepared to continue to collaborate to increase the scale and quality of Australian brain cancer research through technology and mentorship. 

Principle Investigators must:

  • Undertake this work at an Australian research institution 
  • Have read and agreed to the terms and conditions of funding 
  • Already have established primary brain cancer model systems
  • Already provide brain cancer models and mentorship to external brain cancer research groups in Australia 


Deadline passed 20 April 2018, 17.00 AEST 


Innovation Grants aim to fund new research projects that deviate from existing paradigms and current lines of investigation. These grants allow investigators to follow leading observations and exploration of novel ideas in brain cancer research. They support investigators to produce proof-of-concept data for their higher-risk projects and establish feasibility for future research and grant applications.

Funding Details

Innovation Grants-in-aid will offer up to $200,000 over two years.


Principal Investigators must:

Undertake research at an Australian research institution.

Use any awarded funds to work on novel* research applicable to primary brain cancer. 

Have read and agree to the terms and conditions of funding.  

*Truly new (testing new grounds) or which promise results that are significantly advancing science.



Deadline passed 20 June 2018, 17:00 AEST

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation's Immunotherapy Trial Grants-in-aid will provide funding for a clinical study that investigates an immunotherapeutic agent and has the objective of increasing overall survival for patients with primary brain cancer. This clinical trial can focus on any age group.

Funding Details

The Immunotherapy Trial Grant-in-aid will offer up to $500,000 over three years.


Principal Investigators must:

Undertake research at an Australian research institution.

Have at least one trial site in New South Wales.

Investigate an immunotherapeutic agent. 

Have read and agree to the terms and conditions of funding.


2017 Early Career Fellowship 

Deadline passed 18 August 2017, 17.00 AEST


Cure Brain Cancer’s Early Career Fellowships aim to support bright young researchers to develop their career in brain cancer research. Cure Brain Cancer believes that it is important to build capacity in innovative brain cancer research and development to achieve our mission of improving survival for people living with brain cancer. It is expected that Fellows undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure that will lead to a more permanent position within the brain cancer research field.

Funding Details

The Cure Brain Cancer Early Career Fellowship will offer grants-in-aid of up to $115,000 per year for three years. Including up to $100,000 salary (depending on experience and academic level), and $15,000 for research costs, including up to $5,000 for travel and conferences per year.

If the applicant is successful with an NHMRC or Cancer Australia or other Fellowship then this must be disclosed to CBCF and the CBCF contribution will be revised down to an appropriate top-up level depending on individual circumstances.


Applicants must:

     Be eligible to work in Australia for the duration of the award.

     Undertake research at an Australian research institution.

     Have been awarded their PhD within the last six years prior to 30 June in the year of application (i.e. 2017). The start date should be taken from the date the PhD thesis was passed (not the date of degree conferral). Consideration will also be given to final year PhD students, whose PhD will be submitted by December 2017 and approved before Fellowship begins in early 2018. 

     Have a proven track record of research but not held an established academic appointment.

Have read and agree to the grant guidelines

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Innovation Grant Donors

Thank you to the following supporters for donating to our Innovation program:

Nanette Ainsworth, Geoff Alder, Mirko Angele, Jenny Bacani,  Balance Foundation, Tracey Berger, Jackie & Mikhel Borglund, Kieran Bresnahan, Rachel Brown, Andrew Bullock & Justine Isemonger,  CBA Constructions,  Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Steven Chapman, Mary Joan Cochrane, Joanna Collins, Alex Cullen,  CVA Constructions Pty Ltd, Paul Dainty, Sonya & Andrew Dayman, Louise de Bomford, Frank Dibley, Peter Dowling, Julian Doyle, Tony Doyle, Jo Drinnan, Benn Dullard,  Edt Electrical,  Emohrvo Financial Services, Yvonne Findley, Darren Freeman, Erik Garcia, Natalie Gimour-Jurd, Wayne Glaskin, John Greaves,  Hillross Macarthur, Geoff Hoskin, Cassandra Hunt, Anita Jacoby, Cheryl & Gary James,  Jaycar Electronics, Tommy Tae Johnston, Vijay Jootna, Larry Kestelman, Wendy Lapointe, Bob Laurie, Scott Lavatt, Joshua Lee, Andrew Lennox, John Levin, Michael Lim, Stuart Macdermid, Michael Madigan, Kate Martin, Lucas McEntee, Lucy McGrath, Andrew Mial, Janine Mladin, Fiona Nation, Kristian Nelson-Marshall, William O'Dwyer, Frank Pace, Cath Pasfield,  Payless Tyress, Louise & Mitchell Pether,  Pharmacy Guild NSW, Wal Pisciotta, M Potts, Ann Ramsay Arkins, Joe Redechi, Veronic & Brian Rix, William Robinson, Steven Simpson, Geoff Sparke, Sinead Strawbridge, Luca Tarchi, Jenny Tuntevski, Evenlyn Turco, B A Wilson, Michael Wipfly.

Early Career Fellowship Donors

Thank you to the following supporters for donating to our Early Career Fellowship program:

Anthony Abussi, Nicholas Abussi, Peter Achelles, Stephen Ainsworth, J Anderson, Paul Anderson, Louise Antico, Sally Bell, Beverley Bermeister, Catryna Bilyk, Sue Bishop, Marcus & Caroline Blackmore, Mikael Borglund, Bill Bovingdon, David Bush, Peter Butler, Tracey Cahill, Bill Calcraft, Anita Champion, Khang Chem & Claire Leska, Paul Chiodo, Claire Clayton, Frank & Marisa Colli, Joanna Collins, Ed Cooper, Brian Dean, David & Delora Devonshire, Emily Dowd, Joanne Drinnan, Benn Dullard, Jenny Dyer, Matthew Dyer www.bookwell.com.au, Luke Everingham, Ros Facey, Ivetic Family, David Fenlon, Rebecca Fleming, Andrew Freelander, Darren Freemen, Jack Gance, Jenny & John Gigacz, William Gordon, Kiinda Grange, Ruth Grant, Bennett Griffiths, Rowena Hamilton, Jessica Hansson, Kaye Hansson, Robert Harrison, David Heaney, John Heike, Y A Henry, Ryan Heyes, Paul Hillbrick, Nigel Hokin, Guyon Holland,  Imperial Portfolio Pty Ltd, Bluemouth Interactive, Colin Jackson, Anita Jacoby, Jane Jaggs, Jill Kelly, Wendy Lapointe,  Libra Scale Service, S N Macdermid, Lynne Marchesani, Toni Martin, Nasser Mashni, Matthew McFarland, Carmel McGregor Consulting, Karl Mentzer, Andrew Miall, B J Miall, Sandra Miller, Janine Mladin, Darren Munro, Scott Nowell, Peter Osborne, Francis Pace, Cath Pasfield, Anthony Pearson, Julie Pollard & Linda Yu, Franklin Printing, Richard Quin, Richard Salamon, Charles Saliba, Mark Scarce, Steven Simpson, Debra Singh, Elliot & Krish Smale, Yvone Spothis,  Step Up Renovation Pty Ltd, Peter Strasser, Gregory Symons, Jodie Tatterson, Peta Taylor, Genevieve Teo, David Thodey, Taryn Tobin, Maria Tod, Craig Truscott, Alysha Waye, Cheryl & Chris Waye, Natalie Wheaton.