The Trust

The trust has supported a large number of projects over the past years which has resulted in some excellent research outcomes as well as increasing the skills of people who work in the field of cancer-control.

The Cancer Research Trust funds a broad range of cancer-control research, training and education.

Titikaha Rangahau i ngā Mate Pukupuku

Ttitikaha - steadfast, resolute, committed, dedicated

Rangahau - research

Ngā - plural article that recognises the many variations of cancer

Mate Pukupuku - cancer

Special thanks to Evelyn M. Tobin for translating our name into Māori to reflect the work and values of the Trust

Our charitable purpose:

The Trustees shall hold the Trust Fund upon trust to pay or apply in New Zealand the income and capital of the Trust Fund in such amounts, at such times, and subject to such terms and conditions, as the Trustees may decide for all or any of the following purposes:

  • Promote research into the prevention and control of all forms of cancer in New Zealand
  • Promote education and the advancement of best practice among those working in cancer in New Zealand
  • Promote such other charitable purposes as the trustees may decide.

The Cancer Research Trust makes a significant contribution to addressing this problem by funding carefully selected projects that contribute to a wider body of research. Most advances in the area of medical research are made by acquiring new pieces of knowledge and fitting these into the leading edge of existing knowledge. Considerable investment has also been made in the professional development of individuals with the potential to advance the field of cancer control and palliative care.

The Trust is funded through public donations and investment income. The Trust is a registered charity (CC23672) and all donations are tax deductible.

It is the Trust’s policy that 100% of all money donated by the public is applied to cancer research and professional development. All administrative costs are covered by investment income.


The grant round process is managed by the General Manager, Michelle Sullivan, PhD. Michelle is a trained biochemist with over 20 years experience in New Zealand's health research sector. Her primary task is to manage the research rounds; seeking and processing applications; garnering local and international reviews for research proposals and acting as a liaison between the applicants and the Cancer Research Trust assessment committee. She also oversees the disbursement of grants and is responsible for producing the Cancer Research Trust NZ newsletter and related publications.

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