Available funding and application details
The Heart Foundation offers a range of awards across a variety of categories for research into heart, stroke and blood vessel disease.
2014 Awards and closing dates
Application forms, instructions for applicants, assessment criteria and other supporting material for Heart Foundation funding will be available when the awards open for applications. Please ensure you read the relevant instructions very carefully before submitting your application. Applications open two months before the closing date.
|Partnership Engagement Grant Round 1:
||12 February (closed)|
| Round 2:
||13 October |
|Future Leader Fellowship
||4 April (closed)|
||11 April (closed)|
||2 May (closed)|
|Health Professional Scholarship
||20 June (closed)|
|Australian Indigenous Scholarship
||20 June (closed)|
|Collaboration and Exchange Award
||12 September (now open)|
|Heart Foundation Focus Grant
||To be announced|
A Special Message to Biomedical Researchers
The Heart Foundation funds all areas of cardiovascular research. This includes biomedical, clinical, public health and health services research.
Recently, the Heart Foundation has received a number of inquiries asking if we intend to continue to support biomedical research. The answer is an emphatic YES. All Heart Foundation fellowships and scholarship awards are open to biomedical applicants and can fund biomedical researchers.
On average over the last five years, over half of all Heart Foundation fellowships and scholarships have been awarded to biomedical researchers, a proportion that is coincidently consistent with the approximately half of all applications received coming from biomedical researchers.
Each Heart Foundation scholarship and fellowship peer review panel is made up of a balance of outstanding and highly respected biomedical, clinical, public health and health services cardiovascular researchers. A list of all 2013 peer review committee members can be found here
Research Award Portfolio
In 2012, the Heart Foundation undertook a a major strategic review of its research program.
Following the year-long review process, a new suite of research awards was developed. The new funding portfolio addresses five needs for cardiovascular research in Australia, which are to:
- foster researchers of the future
- encourage blue-sky and innovative research
- better link research to health outcomes
- encourage multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional and multi-sectoral collabroation
- support research directly relevant to the work of the Heart Foundation.
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More information on the new funding portfolio:
Available to PhD graduates in the first 3 years after obtaining their PhD. This award helps promising early career cardiovascular researchers further develop research skills and become more competitive for future funding.
Future Leader Fellowships
The Heart Foundation offers two levels of Future Leader Fellowships for PhD graduates 3-10 years post-PhD. Generous funding supports the best and brightest cardiovascular researchers as they build their research capacity and become leaders of research groups.
Australian Indigenous Scholarships
Offered to identified Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples to undertake a PhD or Masters (by research) and build research capacity in the community.
Health Professional Scholarships
Encourages health professionals (including allied health professionals) to undertake a PhD in cardiovascular research. It provides up to 3 years of funding so that applicants can return to the main PhD stream after a number of non-academic years and become eligible for other PhD awards.
Collaboration and Exchange Awards
Collaboration and Exchange Awards offer Heart Foundation–funded scholars and postdoctoral fellows additional funding to visit Australian and overseas research facilities in order to develop collaborations that have the potential to further and strengthen their research activity and career.
Acknowledges and encourages innovation in research by providing a unique opportunity for additional funding support to fellowship recipients.
Vanguard Grants provide funding to test the feasibility of innovative concepts in public health and/or health services - including clinical services delivery - that may lead to larger, more rigorous testing in the future.
Partnership Engagement Grants
Provides financial, reputational and in-kind support for quality, large-scale research applications for funding from other sources
Heart Foundation Focus Grants
Each year, the Heart Foundation will determine and announce research questions for funding that are directly relevant to the organisation’s work.
South Australian Cardiovascular Research Development Program awards
The South Australian Cardiovascular Research Development Program (SACRDP) is supporting high quality research, which is relevant to heart, stroke and blood vessel disease with a focus on supporting early career researchers. The aim of this funding is to stimulate, enhance and sustain the collaborative potential of South Australian researchers.
NSW CVRN Research Development Project Grant
The NSW Cardiovascular Research Network Research Development Project Grant has been developed to stimulate, fund and support new collaborative research proposals (among NSW CVRN members) relevant to cardiovascular disease.
Peer review process
The Heart Foundation Research Program supports approximately $13 million in research each year. To determine which applications will be funded, all applicants enter a rigorous peer review process. Assessment is not undertaken by Heart Foundation Research Program staff but rather involves multiple, independent reviews by suitably qualified researchers.
For more information please email the Research Team who will be happy to assist you with your enquiry or call us on 03 9321 1581.