Grant Funding Recipients 2015

In June 2015 Avner’s Foundation called for applications for grant funding and received more than 30 applications for the $1.9m funding pool. Our esteemed Scientific Advisory Panel of international and national experts assessed the applications and made their recommendations to the board of Avner’s Foundation and these were unanimously accepted.

The two types of grants on offer were “Woolies on Wheels” Innovation Grants and Accelerator Grants with original wording on the call shown below.

‘Woolies on Wheels’ Innovation Grants

The Woolies on Wheels Innovation Grants (x4 available) are in recognition of the efforts of the Woolworths' business leaders who cycled the 2014 ‘Woolies on Wheels’ charity cycle to raise funds in support of Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

The grants will support $100,000 (GST exclusive) in seed funding for innovative pancreatic cancer projects with a desire to increase interest and investment in pancreatic cancer research.

The objectives of the ‘Woolies on Wheels’ Innovation grants are to:

  • Support established scientists and/or early career researchers to develop preliminary data necessary to support pursuit of additional funding in subsequent years.
  • Encourage and retain talented skilled individuals in the field of pancreatic cancer.

Emphasis will be given to support novel approaches examples of which would include immunotherapy.

Innovation Grant Recipients

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Dr. Minoti Apte

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Dr Marina Pajic

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Dr. Emily Colvin

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Dr. George Sharbeen

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Accelerator Grants

Accelerator Grants of up to $500,000 (GST exclusive) per annum are being made available for two to three years duration (a maximum of $1.5M over the next 3 years) to support specific projects and/or infrastructure for research into pancreatic cancer.

The objective of the Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Accelerator Grants is to: Fund high quality projects that can clearly demonstrate support for the Foundation’s vision ‘To break through 40 years of no progress by doubling the number of people who survive pancreatic cancer by 2020’.

Accelerator Grant Recipients

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The Garvan Institute of Medical Research

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Centenary Institute, the University of Sydney

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