Apply for a grant

The Cancer Research Trust invites applications for grants to support New Zealand-based initiatives that will lead to improvements in the prevention, detection, diagnosis or treatment of cancer, or improvements in palliative care.

Apply for Funding

We offer two funding rounds per year for conference and training course grants. There is one round per year for projects, senior fellowships and scholarships. From time to time, the Cancer Research Trust also invites applications in specific areas, through a Special Call for Applications.

Create an application at our online portal at grants.cancerresearchtrustnz.org.nz

2022 Special Call for Public Health Applications

To address the relative lack of public health cancer research applications in recent years, the Trust Board issues a special call for applications in years when funding permits. For 2022, the Trust is offering one $200k research project in the field of cancer-related public health.

We expect that salary costs will be the major component of this award, but expenses can also be included. The award will be for two years (up to $100k per year) but could be over a longer period if necessary.

Applications will be made on the Trust's research portal which will be live in February 2022. Access will be via this website. The closing date for applications is 1 April 2022. The peer-review period will depend on the number of applications received but will be no longer than three months.

To aid in planning, please let Michelle Sullivan know if you intend to apply michelle.sullivan@crtnz.org.nz.

Application closing dates


Award Closing Date Outcome Date

Special call for Public Health Research, 1 x $200,000 available for 2022

Fri 1 April 2022

to be announced

Professional Development Awards Round 1 (Max $3,000 for travel after 1 June 2022)

Fri 1 April 2022

late May 2022

Professional Development Awards Round 2 (Max $3,000 – for travel after Jan 1st 2023)



Thu 1 September 2022

early December 2022

Professional Development Event Application - conference or training course


Fri 1 April 2022

Thu 1 September 2022

late May 2022

early December 2022


Research Project Grants - for 2022 maximum is $80,000

Thu 1 September 2022

early December 2022

Special Purpose Grants - maximum $80,000

Thu 1 September 2022

early December 2022

Postgraduate Scholarship

Fri 30 September 2022

early December 2022

John Gavin Postdoctoral Fellowship

Fri 30 September 2022

early December 2022

Murray Jackson Clinical Fellowship (Medical)

Fri 30 September 2022

early December 2022

Clinical Fellowship for Cancer Nurses

Fri 30 September 2022

early December 2022

These initiatives can be in the field of cancer-related public health, or biomedical, clinical, epidemiological or psychosocial research & may relate to:

  • Education and training of students embarking on careers related to cancer care and/or cancer research
  • Continuing professional development of individuals involved in cancer care and/or cancer research
  • Event support for invited speakers at conferences or support for training courses
  • Hypothesis-based research in the field of cancer-related public health, cancer prevention, cancer treatment or the delivery of palliative care.
  • Other projects or activities related to cancer.

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