Applications to this Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need (RCRDUN) Initiative grant opportunity must propose a clinical trial that addresses a gap in current research and/or knowledge in rare cancers, rare diseases and areas of unmet medical need. 

Rare cancers are defined as having an incidence rate of fewer than 6 cases per 100,000 persons and less common cancers as having an incidence rate between 6 and 12 cases per 100,000 persons1. Rare cancers include bone cancer, mesothelioma, eye cancer and cancer of the nose and sinuses. 

The grant opportunity will provide up to $15 million over five years.

All applicants are required to commence their application and provide the relevant minimum data by the due date to allow the NHMRC to start sourcing reviewers with appropriate expertise.  

A complete application to the grant opportunity must consist of the following:

  • The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV
  • Completion of Parts A and B of the RGMS application form; and
  • Grant Proposal PDF (uploaded)

NHMRC’s RGMS must be used to access/update your profile and CV and to submit applications. Applicants who are not registered in RGMS should contact the Research Help Centre by emailing for more information.


Outcomes of funding rounds