Heart Foundation Focus Grants
Applications are now open
The Heart Foundation Focus Grant is designed to address research questions directly relevant to the work of the Heart Foundation. To determine what research questions are proposed for funding, the Heart Foundation identifies what the research needs are and explores strategic approaches for how to best address those needs.
Four research projects have been proposed for funding in 2014:
1. Expanding portion sizes - are we eating what we should be?
This project will fill an existing knowledge gap on how the eating patterns of Australians align with recommended eating patterns. In particular, how the average portion size of selected foods consumed by Australians maps to the recommended serve sizes outlined in the Australian Dietary Guidelines, and how these relate to industry determined serving sizes on-pack.
Findings from the proposed project are expected to inform possible policy responses to Australia's obesity and chronic disease crisis, and guide Heart Foundation consumer messaging and advocacy platforms to that effect.
2. What is the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in hospital following an acute cardiac event?
What are the opportunities to improve service provision? The project will include consideration of at least: the patients’ experience of overall care, culturally appropriate information, communication and the approach of health professionals.
3. Encouraging businesses to adopt activity-permissive workplaces to reduce sitting time at work
The goal is to identify key factors which will influence employer decisions regarding creation of an activity permissive workplace. The factors identified should: (i) contribute to endpoint development for future intervention studies, and (ii) influence development of work place tools promoting breaks in sedentary time.
4. Recalibrating the cardiovascular risk assessment tool pertinent to the Australian population
The objective is to identify appropriate datasets and re-calibrate the absolute cardiovascular disease risk calculator for use within Australian clinical practice, and to include risk factors not accounted for in current models. Ultimately, we envisage a collaborative approach between groups of applicants, combining relevant datasets to develop a population specific calculator that will improve the accuracy of identification of individuals at risk within our population.
Please read the Instructions for Applicants for more details on the research questions, including objectives, key deliverables and timelines.
Eligibility criteria: Open to all cardiovascular researchers
Duration: Depends on the project, but it must commence on 10 December 2014
Value: up to $150,000 in project funding
Applying for a Focus Grant
Closing date: 1 October 2014
For more information about Heart Foundation Focus Grants please contact the Research Program team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9321 1581.