What is the Brain Cancer Survivorship Grant Opportunity?

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – Australian Brain Cancer Mission – 2019 Brain Cancer Survivorship Grant Opportunity is a program that will provide medical researchers with funding for the development of better approaches on the impacts of brain cancer to improve quality of life and the survivorship experience.

 

Background

The 2019 Brain Cancer Survivorship Grant Opportunity was announced as part of the Medical Research Future Fund and is an Initiative under the Australian Brain Cancer Mission.

There are no known prevention measures for brain cancer and for some types of brain cancer, no effective treatments. It is widely recognised that the key to improvements in this area is investment in research.

Areas of focus may include:

  • medical, functional and psychosocial impacts of brain cancer – for example: cognitive, executive and memory impairment; fatigue; behavioural issues; seizures or toxicities of anticonvulsants; and fitness to drive
  • impact on survivors, their families and carers – for example: anxiety and depression; and long-term impacts including economic impact
  • efficacy of new or existing models of care and interventions, including the factors that contribute to success – for example: efficacy of new or existing models of care which involve nurse care coordinators, and components of the care model which contribute to success; and impact of rural and remote patient locality on effectiveness of survivorship clinics.

 

Objectives

The objective of this Grant Opportunity is to support the development of better approaches to address the medical, functional and psychosocial impacts of brain cancer to improve quality of life and the survivorship experience.

Survivorship must be focused on children, adolescents and young adults, or adults with malignant brain cancer, their families or carers.

The intended outcomes of this grant opportunity are to develop:

  • a better understanding of the effects and impact of symptoms on quality and quantity of life, independence, function and disability
  • develop new care models that improve the experience of survivors, their families and carers.

 

Funding

For the 2019 Brain Cancer Survivorship Grant Opportunity, $5 million is available over three years:

  • $3 million in 2019-20
  • $1 million in 2020-21
  • $1 million in 2021-22.

The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage). There is no maximum grant amount but grants cannot exceed the amount of available funds.

You must complete your project three years from the date of grant agreement execution.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • be aimed at the objective
  • include one or more of the following eligible activities:
    • employment of personnel and/or
    • other direct research costs.

The program may also approve other activities.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia

and in accordance with s20 and s24 of the MRFF Act 2015, be one of the following entities:

  • a medical research institute
  • a university
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • a corporation (including businesses and not for profits)
  • a state or territory government
  • a state or territory government entity.

Joint applications are encouraged, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. For further information on joint applications, refer to section 6.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

 

Timing

Applications close 03 March 2020.

 

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