Cancer Challenge of the Year

What Do You Think is the Greatest Unmet Need in Translational Cancer Research?

The TCRN Cancer Challenge of the Year (CCY) is a unique funding opportunity that has provided up to $100,000 per year (2012-2015) to support one to two translational research projects that address an urgent and unmet need in cancer patient care or treatment. The focus of the CCY is on creating solutions to today’s priority problems in order to make rapid and appropriate gains in the improvement of cancer patient care and treatment outcomes.  Therefore, CCY targets research initiatives capable of producing a demonstrable outcome within a 12-15 month period. 


The CCY has supported research projects designed to inform about or initiate direct improvements in cancer patient care, clinical and treatment practices, and/or patient outcomes. The TCRN subscribes to the translational research model of the Cancer Institute NSW and under the CCY Grants Scheme has prioritised funding of T2, T2/T3 or T3 projects, i.e. projects with an emphasis on improving clinical practice across the system and practice-based research.

Funding Provided

The TCRN has provided seed funding of up to $100,000 to fund one or two CCY projects each year from 2012 - 2015. Formal ethics and governance approval has been necessary for all projects before the funds have been released.    

Further Information

To learn about present and past awardees of the Cancer Challenge of the Year view the links on the right hand side of this page.

View the CCY 2014 presentation and Q&A segment 

The TCRN will not be funding any further Cancer Challenge of the Year projects in the current funding cycle - June 2016.