Medical Research Future Fund – Australian Brain Cancer Mission – 2020 Brain Cancer Survivorship Grant Opportunity

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – Australian Brain Cancer Mission – 2020 Brain Cancer Survivorship Grant Opportunity provides medical researchers with funding for the development of better approaches on the impacts of brain cancer to improve quality of life and the survivorship experience.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Grants of up to $3 million.

Who is this for?

Eligible organisations seeking to research approaches to address impacts of brain cancer to improve quality of life and the survivorship experience.


The 2020 Brain Cancer Survivorship Grant Opportunity is part of the Medical Research Future Fund and is an Initiative under the Australian Brain Cancer Mission.

There are no known prevention measures for brain cancer and for some types of brain cancer, no effective treatments. It is widely recognised that the key to improvements in this area is investment in research.

The objective of this Grant Opportunity is:

  • support the development of new approaches and the use of technologies to improve communications between brain cancer survivors, their families, carers and health care professionals; and
  • understand how information technologies and platforms can be used to support people with brain cancer, their families and carers, and their impact on the physical, psychosocial and economic sequelae of a brain cancer diagnosis.

Survivorship research must be focused on children, adolescents and young adults, or adults with malignant brain cancer, their families or carers.

Areas of focus may include:

  • research into new educational and communication methods and approaches, including special approaches and considerations for underserved and at-risk populations
  • research on new methods and strategies to disseminate cancer information/innovation to healthcare providers (e.g., web-based information, telemedicine, smartphone apps etc.) and the effectiveness of these approaches
  • research on new communication processes and/or methods and information technologies with the health care system and the effectiveness of these approaches.

Applicants are encouraged to seek strategic partnerships with organisations whose decisions and actions affect Australians' health, health policy and health care delivery in ways that improve the health of Australians. Organisations that are capable of implementing policy and service delivery and would normally not be able to access funding through most MRFF funding mechanisms are highly valued as partners.

For more information on partnerships in this grant opportunity please see sections 1.4, 3 and 6.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines.


To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia

and in accordance with s20 and s24 of the MRFF Act 2015, be one of the following entities:

  • a medical research institute
  • a university
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • a corporation (including businesses and not for profits)
  • a state or territory government
  • a state or territory government entity.

Joint applications are encouraged, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. For further information on joint applications, refer to section 6.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

We cannot waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • an unincorporated association
  • any organisation not included in section 3.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.


How do you apply?

The 2020 Brain Cancer Survivorship Grant Opportunity is currently closed to applications.

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

We refer your application to an independent committee of experts. For the grant opportunity, the committee may comprise national and international experts.

The Program Delegate (an Australian Government official who has been authorised to make decisions) will make the final decision.

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the assessment criteria.

  • Assessment criterion 1: Project impact (40% weighting).
  • Assessment criterion 2: Project methodology (30% weighting).
  • Assessment criterion 3: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30% weighting).
  • Assessment criterion 4: Overall value and risk of the project (non-weighted).

Scoring information for all assessment criteria can be found at Appendix C and Appendix D of the grant opportunity guidelines.

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We will make payments according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

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Key documents

2020 Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

pdf · 0.68 MB docx · 0.12 MB

Board or CEO approval template

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Independent audit report template

pdf · 0.35 MB docx · 0.05 MB

2019 Grant opportunity guidelines

pdf · 0.99 MB docx · 1.89 MB

MRFF grant management resources

Reporting templates are available from the MRFF grants management webpage. The page also provides other resources for MRFF grant administration, including current policies and relevant forms and templates.

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