Prostate Cancer Research Alliance

Key Dates

Monday 31 October 2018 – Applications Open

5pm AEDT Wednesday 19 December 2018  – Applications due to Movember Foundation.

Overview

The Prostate Cancer Research Alliance (PCRA) is a three-year program jointly funded by the Australian Government (from the Medical Research Future Fund) and the Movember Foundation. The initiative aims to fund research projects that will accelerate the translation of prostate cancer research in the identified priority areas.

The Program will support research that supports the “bench-to-bedside” translation of research findings into clinical practice in the near-term in priority areas that were identified as part of the recent Prostate Cancer Landscape Analysis Initiative commissioned by Movember:

  • the earlier identification and optimal treatment of men at high risk of disease progression to reduce the number of men progressing from localised disease to advanced prostate cancer; and
  • new / improved targets for castrate-resistant prostate cancer in order to better treat men who have already progressed to advanced disease.

The Program emphasises a collaborative approach in tackling research questions with the “team-science” format expected to produce transformational research results by:

  • putting prostate cancer patients at the centre of all research activities of each Research Team;
  • building research capacity through effective collaborative efforts and partnerships to break down silos; and
  • developing innovative study and/or trials design through exchange of ideas and data by fostering national and/or international links and partnerships.

The Program is independent of the Movember Revolutionary Team Award Program. Movember welcomes any Proposal with specific focus on translational and/or clinical research that aims to transform the management of prostate cancer in the near future; discovery-based research is out of scope for this program.

Funding

The Program has a total budget of $12 million to fund three Research Teams over a period of three years. Each successful Research Team will be awarded up to $4 million to undertake the research activities outlined in their Proposal.

A contribution of at least 25% of the cost of a team’s proposed research activities and independent to the funding provided by the Australian Government and Movember Foundation is expected from participating Research Teams and/or their affiliated institutions.

Eligibility

Principle Investigator - Up to two PIs (Co-PIs) can be named in each proposal. PI(s) are expected to commit a minimum of 30% of their time towards the proposed project. PI must reside in Australia, eligible to work in Australia and be affiliated with an Australian Institution for the entire duration of the funding period.

Co-Investigators - Each proposal must have a minimum of three CIs, from a minimum of two institutions (preferably from two or more states). CIs are expected to commit a minimum of 20% of their time towards the proposed project.There is no limit on the number of CIs in each proposal. CIs can be named on up to three proposals submitted for this opportunity.

Associate Investigators - Research Teams with a nucleus of experienced investigators are required to include a promising young investigator(s) as part of their leadership group. AIs are expected to commit a minimum of 40% of their time towards the proposed project. AIs can be named on up to five proposals submitted for this opportunity.

Research Team - 75% of the nominated CIs and AIs must reside in Australia, eligible to work in Australia and be affiliated with an Australian Institution for the entire duration of the funding period.

Supporting Documents

Relevant documents including the Request for Proposal and FAQs can be found on the Movember Foundation website.

Contact

Frank Anastasopoulos

frank.a@unimelb.edu.au

+61 3 83448208