Beat Cancer Project

Beat Cancer Project Funding opportunities

The Beat Cancer Project is a South Australian state-wide initiative intended to support and advance cancer research within the state. It is funded by Cancer Council SA, the SA Government (through SA Health) and the Australian Government Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and administered by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

The objectives of the Beat Cancer Project are 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 above Schemes, please contact the Beat Cancer Project Officer via email at

Clinical Investigator Award – NEW – 2022

Aim of the Clinical Investigator Award

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 of:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Health relevance
  • Research collaboration
  • Translation of research results
  • Mentoring and career development of early-career researchers
  • Fostering the acquisition of NHMRC and other research funding

Applications are invited from researchers from multiple clinical disciplines, including nursing, allied and public health professionals, with particular consideration given to applicants specialising in Aboriginal health equity research and Indigenous researchers.

Funding Available

Four (4) Beat Cancer Project Clinical Investigator Awards will be available in this round. The funding scheme aims to provide financial support through a once only grant of $80,000. The appointment will be for a one-year period and will not be renewable.


Early Career Research Fellowships – 2022

Aim of the Early-Career Research Fellowship

The aim of the ECR 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. Fellowships are open to research scientists, clinicians, as well as public or allied health professionals or professionals in health services administration.

Funding Available

Two (2) Beat Cancer Project ECR Fellowship Packages will be available in this round. The funding scheme aims to provide financial support through a package of up to $80,000 per annum for 3 years for a full-time position, with the value of the award adjusted pro-rata.

The scheme will only support cancer researchers who can bring matched dollar-for-dollar funding, taking the collective value of each package to up to $160,000 per year. The matched funding component is essential and can be from more than one source. The matched funding cannot be provided by SA Health or Cancer Council SA.

Applicants that are unable to provide matched funding will not be considered. In-kind support will not be considered as matched funding.

Funding includes provision for non-salary expenses. This may be complemented by Institutional funding, depending on the associated employing Institutions remuneration practices. The appointment will be for a 3 year period and will not be renewable.


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