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Beat Cancer Project funding opportunities

Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project is a South Australian state-wide initiative intended to support and advance cancer research within the state. A collaboration between Cancer Council SA, the State Government and the South Australian universities, the Beat Cancer Project is the largest funder of cancer research in the state outside of the Federal Government.

The Beat Cancer Project aims to increase funding for cancer research, increase the capacity for researchers to attract more national and international research grants, and build a stronger cancer research workforce and broader research infrastructure in South Australia.

Successful applicants will be required to enter into a funding agreement with SAHMRI which includes requirements to meet with a representative of Cancer Council SA once a year to provide information in relation to the research being undertaken and provide a biography and synopsis of the research. The funding agreement also contains a number of requirements in relation to the acknowledgement of the funding source.

We ask potential applicants to refer to the Scheme-Specific Funding Guidelines below for further information relating to each funding opportunity.

If you require further information about any of the Schemes, please contact the Beat Cancer Project Officer via email at beatcancer@sahmri.com .

Applications for the Clinical Investigator Award (new) and Early Career Fellowships will be open Monday 11 October and close Wednesday 10 November. For more information and to apply visit: https://www.sahmriresearch.org/research-support/beat-cancer-project .

The aim of the Clinical Investigator Award is to stimulate and encourage the clinical cancer research workforce capacity in South Australia. Seed funding will be awarded to early/mid-career clinician researchers who are looking to establish research programs in South Australia that align with the Beat Cancer Project objectives.

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The Early-Career Fellowship program is to build research workforce capacity in South Australia, primarily by advancing the careers of post-doctoral researchers and by addressing Beat Cancer Project objectives of scientific excellence, health relevance, research collaboration, translation of research results, mentoring and career development of early-career researchers, and fostering the acquisition of NHMRC and other research funding.

Applications are invited from researchers across the research spectrum, however particular consideration will be made to researchers from the health services, population health and biomedical disciplines. The scheme is also highly suited to those individuals currently working overseas or interstate who are seeking support to return to a South Australian Institution.

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The Mid-Career Fellowship program aims to build research workforce capacity in South Australia, primarily by supporting the careers of mid-career researchers and by addressing the Beat Cancer Project objectives of scientific excellence, health relevance, research collaboration, translation of research results, mentoring and career development, and supporting the acquisition of NHMRC and other research funding.

These Fellowships are directed towards South Australian research to make an important difference in cancer prevention, treatment and knowledge across the research spectrum including applied, clinical, health services and population health research fields and biomedical science. The objectives of this program are to attract and retain experienced and leading cancer researchers in South Australia, translate research to inform policy development and health service delivery for better health outcomes, and to foster collaboration across scientific disciplines.

Support is available to offset the costs of travel and accommodation for early-career South Australian cancer researchers, who have been invited to present their work at a national or international scientific meeting, or who can show that attendance at such meetings would have a direct positive impact on their career. The scheme is also available to early-career researchers to fund travel costs to undertake short-term study/exchange at a national or international location.

Infrastructure funding will be directed towards research infrastructure that could make an important difference to cancer prevention, treatment and knowledge within South Australia. Support services such as data management, bio-statistical and health economics services are eligible for infrastructure grants.

Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project Translational Research Package aims to support the objectives of the Beat Cancer Project by promoting a highly collaborative, translational research environment within the South Australian health system. The scheme aims to support practice-based research and evaluation projects, and identify targeted, multidisciplinary translational research that addresses specific State priorities as set out in Cancer Council SA’s South Australian Cancer Research Strategy 2016-2021. The scheme aims to support the translation of research into policy and practice for improved health outcomes of the community.

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