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.

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

In addition to funding the schemes outlined in the table below, the Beat Cancer Project has committed funding for three Research Chairs, SANT DataLink and the Clinical Cancer Registry.

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.

Researchers will be required to complete an online application form – the link to the form will be accessible on the date that the Scheme opens via the table below. 

If you require further information about any of the above Schemes, please contact the Beat Cancer Project Officer via email at

Research scheme Details 2020 Dates
Infrastructure Grants

Application Form


Infrastructure Funding will be directed towards research infrastructure that could make an important difference to cancer prevention, treatment and knowledge within the state.

Funding Available: Funding of up to $250,000 will be available per proposal where matched funding is guaranteed.

Travel Grants

Cancelled for 2020/2021

Project Grants


Supplementary Questions

NHMRC Ideas Grant near miss projects.

Applications via NHMRC Ideas Grants, additional Supplementary Questions to be completed.

Funding Available: Up to $100,000 for 1 year

Open: 12 March 2020

Close: 24 June 2020

COVID-19 Hardship Grant

Funding Guidelines

The scheme aims to provide additional financial support to research that has been significantly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Funds are to be used towards completion of current project milestones.

Funding Available: Up to $10,000 per CI.

Open: 10 June

Close: 17 July

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