Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowships

One of the priority areas for the VCA is building cancer research capacity and capability in Victoria through encouraging clinicians, health professionals and academic researchers to undertake translational research projects in cancer. The Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowships are intended to support eligible researchers to dedicate time for translational cancer research (as defined in the VCA Funding Rules).

The aims of the VCA Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowships are to:

  • develop the future leaders of cancer research in Victoria
  • support clinical research by providing opportunities for clinicians to develop and sustain a career in cancer research
  • attract and/or retain the best cancer researchers with significant research potential to Victoria.

The purpose is to increase the pool of clinician researchers working directly on clinical problems. These groups can strongly influence the translation of cancer research into practice, and build local capacity in translational cancer research. 

Applicants must have a defined research project that addresses an area of clinical need and provide evidence of organisational support for the project.

Applicants who are able to demonstrate their project would be enhanced by undertaking research at a National Cancer Institute (NCI) or a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Centre will be eligible to apply for the Victoria-USA Cancer Fellowship Exchange Program. This will provide support for up to 12 months to enable the Applicant to undertake part of their Fellowship in the United States.

Victorian Cancer Agency Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowship 2018 Guidelines

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are you only funding 80% of a clinical research salary for Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowships?
A: We expect the other 20% to come from clinical responsibilities to ensure that funding recipients are working at the interface of translational research. This is in line with NHMRC funding. Applicants for the Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowship not employed in a clinical role can apply to work on a clinical problem, with research carried out in a clinical setting. Details must be provided of how the remaining 20% of time will be spent.

Q: Why are you only funding 80% of a research salary for a Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowship?
A: We expect the other 20% to come from clinical responsibilities to ensure that funding recipients are working at the interface of translational research. This is in line with NHMRC funding. Applicants for the Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowship not employed in a clinical role can apply to work on a clinical problem, with research carried out in a clinical setting. Details must be provided of how remaining 20% of time will be spent.

Q: I have previously held a VCA Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowship, can I apply again?
A: Applicants are eligible for four years of funding through a VCA Clinical Research Fellowships. If you have previously held a Fellowship for two years, you would be eligible to apply for a further two year Fellowship.

Q: I have a Fellowship from another funding scheme. Can I also hold a VCA Nursing and Allied Health Fellowship?
A: No

Q: I have a Fellowship from another funding scheme. Am I eligible to apply for a Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowship?
A: Yes, holders of other Fellowships may apply for a Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowship but cannot hold both fellowships concurrently.

General

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?
A: Yes.

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?
A: For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, email 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone 1300 664 737 during business hours and quote your application number. For queries about using the application form, contact SmartyGrants on 03 9320 6888 during business hours or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and quote your application number.

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 organisation must be based in Victoria and the VCA must be satisfied that majority of the research will be conducted 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.

Q: What was the success rates for the 2017 VCA funding round?
A: In 2017, the success rate for the VCA funding round was 33%.