Key Dates

2015 grant applications have closed. Grants outcomes will be announced in February 2015.

Grant assessments are due 31 October 2014.

Dates for the 2016 Grant Round will be announced in March 2015.

The Al & Val Rosenstrauss Fellowship will be awarded in 2016. Application dates will be announced in early 2015. Please watch the website for details.



A Scientific Advisory Committee  has been appointed to assess applications submitted for grants in 2015.  SAC members have been assigned to review applications within their area of expertise. The Foundation thanks members of the SAC for volunteering their time and expertise to improve the rigour of our granting process and the funding decisions we make.

Assessor Portal

SAC Guidelines


Presentation Dinner 2014

The Foundation celebrated its 30th Anniversary at its Annual Presentation Dinner on 5 April 2014.

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Welcome to The Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation

The charter of The Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation is to advance, promote and encourage medical research, throughout Australia.

Since its inception in 1984, The Rebecca L Cooper Medical Reseach Foundation has awarded over $17 million in funding for medical research. In 2014 alone, a total of $1.054million was allocated to fund 39 grants, 5 PhD scholarships, 1 fellowship and 3 awards. 

The Foundation does not directly conduct medical research. It supports medical research by providing annual research grants. The Foundation aims to fund areas of research that do not receive a large amount of funding from other sources.  The research fields currently being funded are:

- Brain Sciences: psychiatry and neurology
- Endocrinology and Diabetes
- Geriatrics
- Lung Disease (other than cancer)
- Rheumatology
- Vision Sciences

The cash flow for such funding is achieved through the income derived from a large portfolio of properties bequeathed by the Foundation's benefactor, Mrs Rebecca Lillian Cooper. This portfolio of 108 properties comprises primarily older style terrace houses in the inner Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.  The endowment of Mrs Cooper's estate comprised mainly properties in derelict or dilapidated condition. The Foundation works tirelessly in an effort to improve the properties in order to maximise the rental returns and therefore the amount available for medical research grants.

The annual income of the Foundation has steadily increased from below $80,000 in 1984 to more than $3 million at present. A large part of our income continues to be used for maintenance and improvement of the properties.  However, with the accelerated income return that this work provides and the determination of the current Directors to broaden the Foundation's asset base, the time will come when a far larger proportion of our income will be available to the medical research fraternity.  We envisage that we will then be able to invest beyond our original endowment, thereby ensuring the continued growth of the Foundation.

Business of the Foundation is conducted by a Board of Directors.  The board is made up of directors who possess a range of skills and backgrounds.

The Foundation has a personal approach towards the granting of research funds and this is appreciated by our recipients, often expressed at our Presentation Dinner held in late March each year.

Our Impact

Follow this link to read more about the research we have supported.