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OCRF Grant Scheme

Grant Scheme applications are closed

The OCRF is proud to fund researchers in Australian and New Zealand hospitals, universities, and medical research institutes with a passion for ovarian cancer research. The OCRF is dedicated to funding innovative and promising ovarian cancer research with the aim of every woman, everywhere, being free from the threat of ovarian cancer.



The OCRF grant application and assessment process is integral to supporting the most innovative ovarian cancer research in Australia and New Zealand. 

Each year, the OCRF conducts an open and competitive call for grant applications. Our grants are for research projects between 1 to 3 years and focus on supporting research salaries.

To ensure integrity, accountability and transparency when awarding funds, the OCRF coordinates a review of applications by the Scientific Advisory Committee and Consumer Representative Panel whose recommendations are presented to the Committee of Management for review and final decision.

Further details are provided in the documents below. 

Please submit your application in a single PDF document to the Grants Officer at grants@ocrf.com.au by 9am Monday 25th July 2022.

For all other grant enquiries please contact the Grants Officer at grants@ocrf.com.au

Advice to applicants from the Chair of the OCRF Consumer Representative Panel

OCRF Grant Guidelines

OCRF Grant Application Form

OCRF Grant Funding Agreement

Grant Reporting

The OCRF requires annual progress reporting from its grant holders as outlined the in the OCRF Grant Funding Agreement. Progress reports serve a dual purpose:

  • They are a formal requirement for individual accountability and compliance with the intended aims of the OCRF grant scheme. They allow the Scientific Advisory Committee and OCRF staff to assess whether the project is proceeding according to milestones and whether any delays or changes to the original plan are expected.
  • They are an essential source of information for the Australian and New Zealand community (scientific and lay) to understand the outcomes of the research funded by OCRF. The data collected in these reports will provide evidence of the contribution of OCRF funded research towards OCRF’s vision and mission.

Please refer to the documents below for information on OCRF progress reporting:

OCRF Grant Reporting Guidelines

OCRF Grant Annual Progress Report

OCRF Grant Final Year Report


The OCRF has evolved its Research Strategy in keeping with developments in ovarian cancer research. The Strategy remains focussed on improving survivability and decreasing the threat of ovarian cancer in order to have the greatest impact on the greatest number of women.

The OCRF has four Research Priorities which are the focus of our research funding in line with our vision and mission:

Finding New and Effective Treatments

Improving treatment options to increase survival rates - moving from generic and limited treatment options to targeting the heterogeneity of the disease, metastasis progression and chemoresistance development.

Managing Recurrence

Better management of recurrent disease to enhance survival and quality of life - exploring the ability to monitor, measure and restrict disease recurrence, given the lethality of recurrence in most women.

Early Detection

Saving lives through early diagnosis - developing accurate, non-invasive and accessible early detection programs to ensure ovarian cancer is diagnosed in the early stages, making it curable.


Reducing disease prevalence through preventative research - exploring the ability to 'prevent' ovarian cancer similar to results delivered in other gynaecological cancers.