2017 Research Grant Round

The Cancer Society is a major funder of life-saving and world class cancer research through its Research Grants Programme.
The Society will consider proposals from prominent and well-published researchers aimed at preventing, detecting and treating cancer more effectively.

The Society will also consider applications for training scholarships to allow students to undertake advanced research in the field of cancer, leading to a Doctorate in Philosophy from a New Zealand University.

Applications for the 2017 Grant Round and Training scholarships are now closed. 

Any queries should be directed to:

As part of the 2017 CSNZ Research Grant Round we will be administering the McClelland Trust award.

The McClelland Trust award

Robert McClelland of Southbridge, Canterbury, died on 5 February 1955 and under his Will he established a Trust in perpetuity to apply the income in each year towards research into the causes of and cure of cancer.

The Trust Board to administer the income from the Trust currently consists of a representative of Public Trust, the Mayor of Selwyn District Council and a Medical Advisor on behalf of the Canterbury District Health Board. All grant applications will be assessed by the National Scientific Advisory Committee of the Cancer Society of New Zealand. The Trust Board will consider the recommendations of the Committee and then make its funding allocations.

Projects must be for 1 year only, as the Trust should be regarded as a supporting funding source and not a total funding source. The funding may be used to support several separate projects or, in exceptional circumstances, the total amount may be allocated to one specific project.

Research Grants and Funding

We are the largest non-Government funder of cancer research in New Zealand through our annual Research Grants Programme. The applications follow a rigorous assessment procedure similar to that undertaken by the Health Research Council. Each year grants approved for funding total over $3 million and represent a wide range of research projects aimed at detecting and treating cancer more effectively.

A number of scholarships are awarded annually to allow students to undertake advanced research in the field of cancer, leading to a Doctorate in Philosophy from a New Zealand University.

Policy and Research Manager
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Social and Behavioural Research

Since 1990, with the growing need to address the prevention of cancer the Society has supported Social and Behavioural Research at Otago University, Dunedin. Funding of $392,500 per annum is committed to The Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit at Otago University. The Unit currently works across all health promotion areas to:

  • build up and maintain the evidence base.
  • evaluate health promotion programmes.
  • support post graduate students into the field.

More recently the Unit has also commenced working with Support Services to develop a body of evidence on psychosocial/spiritual research focusing on the needs of cancer survivors.

It is with much pleasure that the Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit presents its 2016 Annual Report.

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