Where does your money go?
The Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) has provided 65 grants totaling $129.2 million to Australian cancer research institutes since the cancer charity’s inception, with two-thirds of this total awarded in just the last 10 years.
The projects selected for research funding are the best of the best by world standards. Please click on the links below to read more about our past cancer research grant recipients.
Centenary Institute (NSW): $2.5M to understand how cancer cells metabolise dietary nutrients and how we can use this information to improve cancer diagnostics and therapies.
Institute for Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland (QLD): $2.3M to visualise and to track how cancer grows and spreads, and to use this information to formulate new treatments.
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VIC): $2M to find out more about tumour heterogeneity – the variation within and between different types of tumour, and how they evolve over time.
Monash University (VIC): $1.2M to establish a national clinical trials program focused on improving patient outcomes in blood cancer.
University of Queensland (QLD): $1m for discovery and development of innovative methods for the early detection of lung cancer to allow earlier intervention and improved treatment outcomes.
The Australian Synchrotron (VIC): $2m for the technology to place Australia at the forefront of cancer drug discovery and development.
Centre for Cancer Biology (SA): $2m for technology to accelerate our understanding of the causes of cancer and translate these findings into improved outcomes for cancer patients.
The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU (ACT): $2m to explore existing collections of Australia’s native plants for new cancer treatments.
Children’s Medical Research Institute (NSW): $10m this facility will provide a major step forward for cancer diagnosis and treatment of Australians. By analysing tens of thousands of samples of all types of cancers from all over the world, scientists in Australia will develop a library of information to advance scientific discovery and enhance clinical treatment worldwide.
Children’s Cancer Institute (NSW): $1.5 million for the development of The ACRF Precision Medicine Centre for Childhood Cancer for children at high risk of treatment failure.
University of Queensland Centre for Advanced Imaging (QLD): $2.5 million for the establishment of the ACRF Facility for Molecular Imaging Agents in Cancer (AFMIAC).
University of Sydney, Central Clinical School (NSW): $2.5 million for the creation of a new cancer research institute, The ACRF Image-X Institute: Eradicating Cancer through Innovation in Imaging and Targeted X-ray Therapy.
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (VIC): $2.5 million for the development of the ACRF Breakthrough Technologies Laboratory to advance new treatments for many of Australia’s most common, and most deadly cancers.
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (QLD): $2.6 million for the development of a cutting-edge Centre for Comprehensive Biomedical Imaging
Children’s Medical Research Institute (NSW): $2 million in funding to develop a Telomere Analysis Centre.
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VIC): $2 million to fit-out a specialised centre for translational research and personalised medicine.
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SA): $1.8 million in seed-funding for a new ACRF Innovative Cancer Imaging and Therapeutics Facility.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (VIC): $3.5 million for cancer cell isolation and profiling of rare populations of tumours
Centre for Clinical Research (QLD): $2 million in funding for technologies for molecular genetics, including exact tumour localisation and analysis.
Diamantina Institute (QLD): $2 million in seed-funding for the development of an individualised oncology care centre.
Westmead Institute for Cancer Research (NSW): $5 million in seed-funding for the construction of two world-class melanoma research laboratories.
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (VIC): $2 million for Imaging technologies for the ACRF Centre for Translational Cancer Therapeutics and Imaging.
St Vincent’s Institute for Medical Research (VIC): $2 million providing drug detection equipment, cell imaging equipment, and software to enhance the existing ACRF Rational Drug Discovery Centre.
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (VIC): $2 million to expand their two new cancer divisions – the Stem Cells and Cancer Division and Chemical Biology Division.
The Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WA): $2.4 million for the ACRF Cancer Imaging Facility to promote innovation in cancer research, and ensure a high quality imaging hub to facilitate world-class cancer discoveries with direct relevance to clinical outcomes.
Monash Institute of Medical Research (VIC): $1.6 million for the ACRF Centre for Cancer Genomics to facilitate innovative and internationally competitive research that translates to significant outcomes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
The Garvan St Vincent’s Campus Cancer Centre (Kinghorn Cancer Centre): $2.5 million to extend the 2008 grant to support the research components which will be part of a world-class comprehensive cancer centre.
Children’s Medical Research Institute & University of Newcastle (NSW): $3.1 million for the world’s first Chemical Proteomics Centre for Kinomics.
The Centre for Cancer Biology and the University of Adelaide (SA): $3.5 million to establish a new Cancer Genomics Facility.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne: $2.5 million for new technologies to identify genes controlling cancer cell behaviour.
Institute for Molecular Bioscience, Queensland University: $2.5 million to decipher gene and protein interactions which affect the behaviour of cancer cells.
The Garvan St Vincents Campus Cancer Centre, Sydney: $2.5 million to support the research components which will be part of a world-class comprehensive cancer centre.
Centenary Institute for Cancer Research and Sydney Cancer Centre (NSW): $5 million ACRF Centre for Basic and Translational Cancer Research
Diamantina Institute for Cancer Immunology and Metabolic Medicine (QLD): $3.2 million ACRF Comprehensive Cancer Genomics Facility
Queensland Institute for Medical Research (QLD: $2.7 million for The ACRF Centre for Cancer Epigenetics
Children’s Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research (NSW): $3.1 million ACRF Drug Discovery Centre for Childhood Cancer
Menzies Research Institute (TAS): $1.1 million ACRF Tasmanian Inherited Cancer Centre
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (NSW): $1.2 million iCell & Molecular Therapy Unit equipment and fit-out
Melbourne Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VIC): Special $5 million grant for the ACRF Centre for Therapeutic Target Discovery
Queensland Brain Institute (QLD): $1.14 million Integrated Brain Tumour Flow Cytometry Screening Facility
Royal Melbourne Hospital (VIC): $1 million Translational research laboratory interface (Hematology and Bone Marrow research)
The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (VIC): $1 million Bioinfomatics and tissue banking
Westmead Institute for Cancer Research (NSW): $1 million New wing increasing collaboration among researchers
Flinders University/Flinders Medical Centre (SA): $1 million Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer Prevention and Care laboratory
The John Curtin School of Medical Research, The Australian National University (ACT): $1.13 million Biomolecular Resource Facility
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (VIC): $1 million New Children’s Cancer Research Centre laboratories
St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research (VIC): $900,000 ACRF Rational Drug Discovery Facility
Institute for Molecular Bioscience (QLD): $1.2 million Cellular imaging
Garvan Institute of Medical Research (NSW): $1.1 million Molecular genetics
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (VIC): $1 million Cell Imaging program
University of Adelaide (SA): $1.5 million for early diagnosis
QLD Institute of Medical Research (QLD): $1.35 million Cellular imaging
$1.2 million – Western Australian Institute for Medical Research, Royal Perth Hospital (WA): Eight state-of-the-art research laboratories
$1 million – Centre for Immunology & Cancer Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane (QLD): Vaccine for Cervical Cancer
$50K – University of Tasmania pathology department – Chief Investigators: Dr Woods & Professor Muller: Immune system and cancer defense research
$1.2 million – Westmead Institute for Cancer Research (WICR): Melanoma studies
$1 million – Medical Genome Centre, Australian National University: Immunotherapy
$1 million – Hanson Institute: Leukaemia
$1.09 million – Centre for Molecular & Cellular Biology (University of Queensland): for research into skin cancers, cancer of the kidney, leukaemia and various childhood cancers.
$1.08 million – Austin Research Institute: Immunotherapy
$610K – St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research (SVI): Breast cancer
$1 million – Centre for Immunology, St Vincent’s Hospital: Tumour growth