Application information and guidelines can be found here.

National Infrastructure Grants

Applications are now closed

The National Infrastructure Grant scheme aims to provide core funding for national research activities that provide expertise and/or capabilities that facilitate breast cancer research. This funding mechanism is directed at building new activities and maintaining existing activities for which there is a clearly demonstrated national need and benefit.

A total of $250,000 per annum for up to five years is available for each Infrastructure Grant.


Partnership Engagement Grants

Applications are closed

The Partnership Engagement Grant scheme aims to facilitate high priority breast cancer research nationally which has the potential to directly impact clinical practice and patient outcomes and policy across the spectrum of breast cancer. The scheme will provide partial funding for new partnerships and a mechanism that would enable prominent researchers to leverage significant additional funding from other funding sources such as the NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health Projects and ARC Linkage Projects.

Up to $150,000 is available for each Partnership Engagement Grant ($50,000 per year for three years).


Early Career Fellowship

Applications are closed

The Early Career Fellowship will support the salary and research of outstanding new investigators with a vision to expand the scale and scope of breast cancer research in Australia. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their potential to develop high performing teams that will produce high quality research outcomes.

The maximum funding available for each Early Career Fellowship is up to $170,000 per annum over four years. The funding provided will cover: the salary of the Fellow (up to $120,000 per annum) and up to $50,000 per annum towards the research project.


Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications are closed

The Postdoctoral Fellowship provides outstanding researchers, who have recently completed a PhD, with support to pursue their interests in breast cancer research and increase their research capability. The overall aim is to attract, train and retain our most talented breast cancer researchers of the future. At the time of application, the applicant must have no more than three years postdoctoral experience (or FTE).

Postdoctoral Fellowships are available for up to four years at $100,000 per annum, including salary stipend, on costs and some research-related expenses. This year NBCF are continuing the partnership with Cure Cancer Australia Foundation (CCAF). The Postdoctoral Fellows awarded through this partnership will receive CCAF’s contribution of $100,000 for the first year, followed by up to 3 years of NBCF funding of $100,000. Other successful Fellows will receive NBCF funding of $100,000 per annum throughout the term of the Fellowship.


Practitioner Fellowships

Applications are now open

The Practitioner Fellowship supports active clinicians, public health or health service professionals to undertake breast cancer research that is linked to their practice or policy. These fellowships aim to facilitate the translation of breast cancer research outcomes into practice and contribute to evidence-based breast cancer practice and policy development in Australian health systems.

Practitioner Fellowships are available for up to four years at $150,000 per annum full time equivalent. Practitioner Fellowships provide a package between 0.3 and 0.7 FTE.


Innovator Grants (previously Novel Concept Awards)

Applications are now closed

Innovator Grants support projects that challenge existing paradigms or break new theoretical ground. This grant provides investigators with the opportunity to pursue serendipitous observations and encourages the development of innovative and possibly high-risk avenues of investigation.

A total of $100,000 per annum for a maximum of two years is available for each Innovator Grant.


Pilot Study Grants

Applications are now closed

The Pilot Study grant supports projects that break new ground in the application of technology/methodology relevant to breast cancer. The scheme will provide funding to obtain preliminary data that will demonstrate the feasibility regarding methodology (laboratory technique, trial design, research instrument or similar aspects of research technique) and effect sizes. The project will be a small-scale version of a larger study, conducted to test the feasibility of all components of the study.

A total of $100,000 per annum for a maximum of two years is available for each Pilot Study Grant.


Accelerator (Translational) Research Grants

Applications are now open

The Accelerator Research Grant is designed to further develop cancer research capacity and competitiveness in translational research. The overall aim of the NBCF Accelerator Research Grant scheme is to support research that either:

  • Aims to translate breast cancer research across the spectrum into the development of new methods for prevention, early-detection screening, diagnosis and therapy (including supportive care) through trialling in the clinical or applied setting; or
  • Translates results from clinical studies into clinical practice and/or health policy and/or health decision making processes

The maximum funding available for each Accelerator Research Grant is up to $250,000 per annum for up to five years.


Cancer Australia Priority Driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS)

Applications are closed

NBCF and Cancer Australia have proudly co-funded high quality translational research together under the Priority Driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS) since its inception in 2007.

Applications for the PdCCRS can be accessed via this link, and can only be submitted through the NHMRC.


NBCF/NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship

Applications are now open

NBCF, in partnership with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) will support NHMRC Practitioner Scholarship top-ups in research relevant to NBCF's mission – the pursuit for new knowledge in the prevention and cure of breast cancer. The scholarship top-ups will provide the successful clinical practitioner candidates with an additional $6,000 per year, on top of the NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship stipend.

The NBCF/NHMRC Practitioner Scholarship aims to provide an opportunity for outstanding Australian medical graduates with a strong interest in breast cancer research to be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and to develop a capacity for original independent research.

Apply through the NHMRC at

Conference Support

Applications are now open

NBCF will provide up to a maximum of $15,000 to support scientific conferences on breast cancer that aim to build the capacity of the health and medical research workforce in Australia. Applications will be accepted in three rounds. All applications received in each round will be assessed to determine those to be funded.

  • Round 1: 1 July 2014 – 31 October 2014
  • Round 2: 3 November 2014 – 27 February 2015
  • Round 3: 2 March 2015 – 30 June 2015

Think Tanks

Applications are open on an ongoing basis

Think Tanks aim to bring together groups of investigators and recognised experts in their respective fields, with complementary abilities, to formulate convincing plans for specific, collaborative projects, to allocate research roles and tasks, and to identify necessary resources.

Applications are invited from collaborative groups of interdisciplinary investigators, to convene a workshop with the scope to further develop a significant larger-scale, cutting-edge national research program and/or infrastructure program.

NBCF will provide funding support for Think Tanks up to a maximum value of $15,000 each, to support items such as travel costs of participants, venue hire, catering (excluding alcohol) and formal facilitation.