How do I apply?

Click 'Apply' to start the submission process. Once you have chosen to submit as an Individual or a Group, and completed the pre-application check, you will be taken to the 'Manage Submission' page. Please read out Applicant Guide to help.

For tips and tricks, and help navigating the submission process see our video guides here.

What additional requirements are needed in the application?

A signed letter of endorsement from a research supervisor, head of school/faculty must be accompanied with each application. This allows us to ensure that there are appropriate facilities and mentorship for the fellow to carry out their project and also ensure that research ethics approval has been cleared via their research organisation ethics committee/process.

What's the purpose of the ‘Open Peer Review’ in Stage 1?

Traditional research grants rely on judging panels of 3-5 experts with varying specialist areas. Multi-disciplinary approaches or ideas that are outside the expert panel have traditionally been difficult to award, stifling innovation. Furthermore, track-record is very subjective depending on the discipline. The open peer review process will allow us to compliment the peer judging process to take into account a much wider cross-section of experts from many different fields to learn about & judge the projects/track-records.

The You Can Award is seeking innovative ideas that span many different potential scientific fields (psychology, nursing, technology, oncology, engineering). Open peer-review allows for the widest range of peer-experts to participate in judging the initial phase of the awards – ensuring fairness and the highest quality teams to proceed to the next round. 

Who makes up the final patient judging panel?

The panel will be comprised of youth cancer patients, advocates (potentially in remission) and youth cancer advisors who are engaged in You Can programs, ongoing needs and age-appropriate services and spaces for 15-25 year old cancer patients. This group will choose the award based on the project with best potential to impact to them and livelihood. Here is where a video will really help communicate your research to those patients/advocates. 

Can the funds be used to hire a Post-doctoral Researcher or PhD student to work on the project?

Yes, as long as you are from a research organisation that Sony can fund.

What are the judging criteria?

The primary criteria is around demonstrating your track-record/team environment and the quality/impact/relevance of the project for cancer patients lives. In your application, you should address each question as briefly as possible to demonstrate these aspects of your project.

What are some examples to help you demonstrate 'Patient Impact'?

  • how does your project address an important problem, or a critical barrier to progress, in the livelihood of cancer patients?
  • what is the potential that scientific knowledge and/or clinical practice can be significantly improved to help those patients?
  • how does the project potentially deliver tangible benefits to patients, or populations, in the short or long term?
  • what is the potential to reduce cancer incidence or mortality, or improve the quality of life for young Australians living with, and beyond, cancer?

What are some examples to help you demonstrate 'Innovation'?

  • how is the approach novel or unique to help cancer patients?
  • can it be scaled to impact cancer patients across the world?

How to demonstrate 'Team & Environment'?

  • do you have appropriate leadership/mentorship/infrastructure?
  • what are the qualifications, track-record and appropriate expertise of the investigator(s)/team?

NOTE: all lead applicants must upload a letter of support from their supervisor/head of school/faculty and ethics clearance form for their research project

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