About the Australian Cancer Research Foundation

The Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) is one of Australia’s leading funding bodies for cancer research. We are a charity dedicated to speeding up the discoveries that will benefit patients with all types of cancer worldwide.

Our ultimate goal is to end the devastating effects of cancer.

We are the group who funded Prof. Ian Frazer’s research into the cervical cancer (HPV) vaccine when no-one else would.

We supported early research into how BCL-2 controls cell survival at Water and Eliza Hall Medical Research Institute in Melbourne. This research and development project has recently led to clinical approval of venetoclax in the United States, European Union and Australia.

Above all else, we value innovation, bravery and impact and we’re thrilled to have your support.

We fund the most promising projects

Every year, once a year, our esteemed Medical Research Advisory Committee considers all applications received by ACRF and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees as to where grants could be awarded for maximum impact and innovation in cancer prevention, diagnosis and cure.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, in 2017, ACRF awarded $7.5M in grants to support Australia’s most innovative cancer research initiatives.

  • Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute and La Trobe University in Victoria received $2 million for new imaging technology which will help develop new therapies by examining tumours within the patient’s body as well as individual cells in a tumour.
  • Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Western Australia received $1.75 million for equipment that will help build in-depth
    knowledge of all cell types that make up a tumour. This will provide new insights into how cancer cells evolve and interact with normal cells, leading to new treatments.
  • QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Queensland received $1.75M for the development of manufacturing and monitoring facilities that will support new immunotherapy clinical trials.
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District in New South Wales $2 million for a new facility that supports research into improving long-term outcomes of cancer patients and survivors.

Your support will help us continue to fund cutting edge cancer research projects that will help cancer patients and their families around the world.

What is .cancerresearch?

Our top level domain, .cancerresearch, is an internet domain with a collaborative vision, proudly facilitated by the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

The focus of .cancerresearch is to bring together news, information and leading opinion on cancer treatment, prevention, diagnosis and cure. Our priority is to ensure .cancerresearch is both internationally relevant and community-focused.

We have a long road ahead, but bringing the greatest minds and movements for cancer research together begins now. We look forward to providing more interesting content opportunities to you over the coming years.