About our charity foundation

We are a unique cancer charity foundation in Australia. Our mission is to end cancer by providing world-class scientists with the equipment they need to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

Established in 1984, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation has become a leading cancer charity foundation in Australia. In total, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation has awarded $136.8 million in cancer research grants to world-class Australian research initiatives.

What makes us different?


There are many not-for-profit cancer foundations in the charitable giving sector, and all of us are doing fantastic work. But here are a few defining points that might help you distinguish ACRF from other cancer charities:

  • ACRF funds are used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and technologies that speed up the discovery process – ultimately working to save lives by saving time.
  • We fund research into ALL types of cancer, in only the best research institutes right across Australia.
  • The cancer research we fund is assessed according to the world-class standards of an esteemed scientific committee of Australian cancer researchers, including Professor Ian Frazer (co-creator of the cervical cancer vaccine and 2006 Australian of the Year)

What we do with your donation dollars:

The donations we receive go to research with the power to end cancer – research that is vital to the development of effective treatments and diagnostic measures for all types of cancer.

We are able to ensure that only the most promising cancer research initiatives in Australia receive our charity foundation funding, thanks to our esteemed Medical Research Advisory Committee.

Our MRAC is comprised of some of Australia’s most respected cancer scientists (including Professor Ian Frazer AC, co-creator of the cervical cancer vaccine). It assesses each application for ACRF funding on its potential to make ground-breaking progress in cancer treatment, diagnosis, prevention and/or cure.

Hear from some of the best cancer researchers in Australia.