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 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 24 month period.


The CCY supports 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 Available

The TCRN will provide seed funding of up to $150,000 to fund one or two CCY projects in 2018. 

Application Process

The TCRN is calling for Expressions of Interest for the Cancer Challenge of the Year funding. EOIs are due by Midnight on November 29 2017 and must be submitted to

Key Dates for CCY 2018 

EOI OpenEOI Close
5 October 2017

Midnight, 29 November 2017

Further Information

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

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