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Cancer research and clinical trials are vital to increase our understanding of how to prevent and treat cancer and improve support and care for people affected by cancer.

Patients may be invited to participate in a research study or a clinical trial to test new treatments, or they may ask health professionals what clinical trials are relevant to them.
You can find current clinical trials for head and neck cancer by visiting the Australian Cancer Trials website:

Funding Opportunities

The National Health and Medical Research Council has published a calendar outlining the application timelines and process for a number of funding schemes. A number of suitable grant funding opportunities are listed below

Funding Opportunities
Cancer Institute NSW: Evidence to Practice  ETP program provides funding to health and community organisations working in cancer control. This is to undertake projects that embed evaluated research into practice, or generate evidence to fill an existing gap. 
Cancer Institute NSW: Research Infrastructure  The Cancer Institute NSW Research Infrastructure Grants has been developed to fund non-physical infrastructure in the form of advanced technical staff to support major research equipment and biobanks.
Cancer Institute NSW: Early Career fellowship  The Early Career Fellowship is aimed researchers looking to continue independent research that is nationally and internationally competitive.
Cancer Australia: Supporting people with cancer  This initiative is aimed at improving the coordination, accessibility and development of quality cancer support networks to better support people affected by cancer, therefore improving health service delivery.
Cancer Austrtalia: Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS)  This funding scheme supports cancer research at a national level and promotes collaboration between Australian Researchers to reduce the impact of cancer on the community and improves outcomes for people affected by cancer.
Cancer Council NSW project grants This research grant has been initiated to support a range aspects of cancer, including causes, mechanisms, prevention, treatment and care, and the organisation and performance of cancer control services.
Cancer Council NSW program grants Program Grants are designed to support broad-based, collaborative research by multidisciplinary teams and encourage studies for a period of up to five years.  Program Grants are designed to provide funding security to such teams, enhance their productivity, and to support a freedom and flexibility of enquiry beyond that achievable through other types of grants.
Paul Mackay Bolton Scholarship for Cancer Research This scholarship is intended to support applicants who wish to undertake a full-time research project, under the supervision of an experienced investigator, into the prevention, causes, effects, treatment and/or care of cancer
Foundation for Surgery Tour de Cure Cancer Research Scholarship  Tour de Cure is a pre-eminent health promotion charity that raises funds for cancer research through cycling and other events. Together with the Foundation for Surgery, Tour de Cure has generously offered to fund the prestigious Foundation for Surgery Tour de Cure Cancer Research Scholarship.
Tom Reeve Award This award is offered annually by COSA, to formally recognise national leader who has made a significant contribution to cancer care.
Bupa Health: Foundation grants program Every year, the Bupa Health Foundation aims to fund new initiatives that are likely to deliver clear benefits to the health of the Australian community.
Bupa Health: Emerging researcher award This award recognises the valuable contribution and dedication of emerging health researchers to improving health outcomes of all Australians.
Medibank Australia: Health Research Fund Medibank Health Research Fund invests in multiple research grants that focus on innovation and improving patient experience
NSW Ministry of Health: Medical research support program This Program provides funding to research organisations to undertake research activities and capacity building in NSWThe Program is administered through the Office for Health and Medical Research (OHMR) based at the NSW Ministry of Health

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