Results from the 2017 Research Grant Round

Each year the Cancer Society administers a national grant round to fund cancer research. It is part of the Cancer Society's mission to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer in our communities. A voluntary committee of research experts across Australasia apply a rigorous assessment procedure in order to rank applications.

In 2017, five multi-year projects out of 32 applications were successful in securing funding. Six of 25 applications were funded last year. Brief summaries of 2017-funded projects follow:

  1. Researchers at Waikato District Health Board will carry out a clinical trial that explores new uses for a type of surgery to improve lymphoedema (tissue swelling). Lymphoedema is a common and lingering side effect of surgical cancer treatment that reduces survivors’ quality of life.
  2. University of Otago Researchers aim to identify new immune system targets to further improve treatment of cancer.
  3. Researchers at the University of Auckland will explore how cancer cells repair themselves after being treated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. This research study will investigate ways to prevent cancer cells from using repair mechanisms.
  4. Another group of University of Auckland researchers are developing new drugs that may provide better treatment options for people with metastatic breast cancer.
  5. Researchers at the University of Otago School of Pharmacy will test a new oral immunotherapy treatment for colorectal cancer that may be less toxic than existing treatments.

Every year in August, the Cancer Society asks for applications for the National Grant Round via this website. The Cancer Society's regional divisions may fund smaller-scale research studies throughout the year. If you would like more information about Cancer Society research grants in your area, please contact the relevant Division, or visit their research pages on this website.