Through the Victorian Cancer Agency (VCA), funding has been provided to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre (ONJ Centre), Austin Health to establish and oversee the awarding of the ONJ Centre Supportive Care Research PhD Scholarship.
These scholarships aim to increase the pool of experienced researchers that are able to conduct high quality research into supportive care that will translate to patient benefits.
PhD scholarships are available to suitably qualified individuals wishing to undertake a full or part-time PhD by research project. It is a requirement that applicants undertake part of their research at the ONJ Centre.
Q: If I currently hold a PhD Scholarship am I able to apply for this funding?
Q: I have already commenced my PhD, am I able to apply for this funding?
A: Yes, applicants would be expected to have at least 12 months to run on their PhD.
Q: Can you please advise on the suitability of my project for this funding scheme? Are there any priority areas for this funding scheme?
A: The VCA is unable to discuss the suitability of a project for a funding round, the VCA can only assist applicants to determine eligibility. Please refer to the funding guidelines for any priorities the VCA has for a funding scheme.
Q: If I have previously applied for VCA funding and been unsuccessful, can I apply again?
Q: Can funding be used to extend an existing project?
A: Yes, as long as the proposal fits within the grant guidelines and indicates a discrete research objective with no duplication of funding from other sources.
Q: If I have previously received funding from the VCA, can I apply again?
A: Generally yes, however restrictions apply to some types of grants. Refer to individual grant guidelines.
Q: Can I provide references for the summary of proposed research in the application form?
A: References are required in the project description upload.
Q: Who can apply for VCA funding?
A: Any organisation or individual that is, or will be, involved in the conduct of cancer research in Victoria is eligible to apply for VCA funding. Applications must be made under the auspices of a Victorian hospital, research organisation or university. For specific eligibility requirements, see the guidelines provided for individual grants.
Q: How can I apply for funding?
A: When applications are open, we provide a link for you to apply online in the current funding scheme pages. We do not accept applications submitted in hard copy or by email.
Q: Who can I contact if I have any queries about applying for a specific grant?
Q: What is SmartyGrants?
A: The VCA uses SmartyGrants to administer our grants. SmartyGrants is an online grant management system that provides easy-to-use online application forms, as well as report management functions for successful applicants.
Q: Will you fund research in other states?
A: We will fund collaborative research across Victoria and interstate, but the lead agency must be based in Victoria.
Q: Will the VCA own the intellectual property (IP) of findings?
A: No. Under VCA agreements, funded parties retain ownership of their Intellectual Property. This policy is in line with industry best practice for the management of IP for publicly funded research. The VCA does ask that findings be commercialised, where appropriate, in a manner that ensures fair and reasonable access for the Victorian public. More information is available from the Victorian Cancer Agency Funding Rules (PDF 265KB).
Q: Will there be any feedback to the applicant following the evaluation process?
A: All applicants will be notified of whether their application was successful or not. Individual feedback can be provided verbally on request.