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Vanguard Grants

Testing the feasibility of innovative concepts, the Vanguard Grant offers funding opportunities to individuals or research teams.

Applying in biomedical, clinical, public health and/or health services (including clinical service delivery) research, applicants may submit pilot studies and ‘stand-alone’ projects which may lead to larger, more rigorous studies in the future. These projects are expected to produce tangible outcomes with the potential to further advance preclinical research technology or improve cardiovascular health.

Applicants will find two Vanguard Grants programs when applying through the portal. Please choose either the Vanguard Grant One-Year program or the Vanguard Grant Two-Year program. Your application will need to demonstrate, through budget, relevance to the purpose of the Vanguard Grant and project plan questions, how this project can achieve its expected outcomes within the chosen timeframe. This is a major consideration by the Peer Review Committee for this award.

For applicants to be considered for funding, they must meet the following eligibility criteria:  

  • For the purpose of this funding program, the applicant is considered as Chief Investigator A (CIA).
  • CIA must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or have applied for Australian permanent residency at the time of the application.
  • Up to 4 Chief Investigators can be named on an application including the applicant (CIA). Other CI’s may have citizenship outside of Australia or New Zealand.
  • CIA must be involved in Cardiovascular Research
  • CIA must also be based in Australia for at least 80% of the funding period
  • CIA may only submit one Vanguard Grant application and can be named as a Chief Investigator (B, C or D) on no more than two other Vanguard Grant submissions.
  • CIA must be from an NHMRC administering institution. Other named Investigators may be from other research organisations.
  • CIA will take intellectual leadership of the project and manage the research and will be the contact person for Heart Foundation correspondence. All other named Investigators are responsible for ensuring that the successful project is undertaken and completed in the manner specified.

What’s the value of the Grant?
Vanguard Grant One-Year - Applicants can apply for up to $75,000 (maximum budget)  

Vanguard Grant Two-Year - Applicants can apply for up to $150,000 (maximum budget, with no more than $75,000 per annum) 

When can you apply?
Applications open: 28 March 2022
Applications close: 6 May 2022
Successful applicants notified: October 2022

How should you apply?
Applications must be submitted via the Heart Foundation’s Researcher Portal
Please download the Research Program Funding Guideline for more details.

Apply Now  

Please note: The application will only be available on the portal from the open date.

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