Making the world smaller for brain tumour researchers



Our Development projects are committed to inspiring the next generation of brain cancer practitioners & researchers. Through awareness programs, PhD Scholarships and youth engagement activities, we’re putting brain matters on the map. Travel grants aim to assist practitioners & researchers in attending relevant conferences to brain cancer / tumour research and development.


Learn from the brightest brains

We’re offering one-off grants of up to $2000 (domestic) and $5000 (international), to assist individuals to travel and attend conferences where they have been accepted or invited to attend and/ or make a presentation or is part of a research team that otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend a conference directly related to paediatric / young adult brain cancer. This includes, but is not limited to conferences on; oncology, radiation, surgery, research and industry forums or related meetings.

The 2019 Travel Grant budget is $25,000.


  • Applicants must be employees, including PhD students studying in the relevant field, of an organisation providing healthcare services throughout Australia.
  • Eligible organisations include hospitals, community health services, primary care partnerships and government / non-government organisations that conduct research on paediatric and young adult brain cancer
  • One person is eligible for a maximum of 1 conference each per year, domestic + international.

How to apply

  • Submit an application to a relevant conference, as per the conference organisers’ requirements
  • Submit a recommendation or endorsement from a supervisor or mentor
  • Provide information about the relevant conference with your application

Get an application form


Frequently asked questions

Can the grants be used to attend an overseas conference?

The grants are available to assist people to present at or attend conferences both in Australia and overseas.

My Organisation has been accepted to present at a conference. Can more than one employee from the same organisation apply for the grants?

One grant is available per conference. However larger organisations can apply for two grants. Biannual conferences can also be eligible  for an exception to the one/per conference limit.

If I am successful in applying for a grant, how are the fund provided to me?

Once you have been successful in your grant application, an invoice for the amount necessary is to be submitted to RCDF. This should be accompanied by receipts or quotes relating to the cost of the conference, accommodation and any required travel. The funds will be expended to the applicants’ organisation within 10 business days. If you apply and are successful in your grant application and are not applying on behalf of an organisation, the funds will be provided directly to you.

I have been accepted to present at or attend a conference however do not require the total available amount of funding. Can I apply for a grant less than $2,000?

Yes, there is no minimum amount of funding that can be applied for, however $2,000 is the maximum amount that is available within Australia and $5,000 the maximum for overseas grants, per person, per organisation, per conference.

When do applications close?

There is no application closing date. The first found of grants will be open from July 1, 2016 until 30 June 2017. The second round of grants will open on 1 July, 2017 until 30 June, 2018. You can apply for a grant at any time during these periods.

What happens if I receive a grant but cannot attend the conference?

You may transfer the grant to another person who is able to attend in your place, for example, another member of the project team. If this is not possible, you will need to return the funds to RCDF. It is not transferable to another conference; however, you may apply again at any time.

How long does the grant process take?

Upon receipt of your application, you will receive an acknowledgement within 3 days and advice of whether you have been successful within 14 days. If you require a faster turnaround, please note this on your application form.

Grant applications can be submitted at any time. There is no single deadline for submission of applications.  Applications will be open from 1 July 2016 until 30 June 2017.