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Application opening and closing dates for the 2019 research funding round are:

Award Applications Open Closing date
Future Leader Fellowships Monday 25 March Friday 10 May

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards

Monday 11 February Friday 29 March
Health Professional Scholarships Monday 18 February Friday 5 April
Postdoctoral Fellowships Monday 11 March  Friday 26 April 
Vanguard Grants Monday 1 April Friday 17 May
Partnership Engagement Grants  Monday 15 April Friday 31 May
Collaboration & Exchange Awards Monday 1 July Friday 16 August 

Applying

  • Important information – All Applications must be submitted via the Heart Foundation Research Portal. All other forms of submission will not be considered.
  • Applications must be endorsed by your NHMRC administering Institution research office and are due by 11.59pm (AEST) on the closing date
  • Applications that do not adhere to the instructions will not be considered.
  • Heart Foundation Research Program staff are able to assist with procedural queries in relation to making your application. 

Please note applications are assessed by an external peer review committee comprised of experts in the field of cardiovascular research, not Heart Foundation staff. Therefore, Heart Foundation staff are not able to answer queries relating to an application’s relevance to the purpose of each award.

We recommend you seek guidance from your supervisor, research office or colleagues for queries relating to these matters.

If you’re successful

If you’re successful, you will receive an offer, usually late November. After accepting the offer, you will enter into a formal funding agreement.

You can also track the progress of your application through the portal. If you have not heard from the Heart Foundation, then it is likely your application is still under review.

More information

More information about managing your award and your obligations is available in the Manage my funding section.

The peer review process

  • The Heart Foundation manages a contemporary peer review process using external panel members selected based on their skills and experience in the cardiovascular research setting.
  • The peer review process accounts for conflicts of interest.  Applications undergo rigorous review as explained in detail in the eligibility and award stipulations document for each award.
  • The details and assessment of all applications are subject to privacy policies and laws, which we uphold.

Contacting us

You can contact the Heart Foundation research team emailing to research@heartfoundation.org.au or by calling us on (03) 9321 1581.

What you need to know before applying

For initial questions about applying, please contact the research office at your institution.

If you are considering applying for funding from us, please be aware that:

  • All research funded by the Heart Foundation must be conducted primarily in Australia and be related to cardiovascular health.
  • Applicants must be: an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or permanent resident, or must have applied to become an Australian permanent resident.
  • Research supported by us must be administered by an NHMRC Administering Institution.
  • Ethics clearances (where required) need to be in place for the duration of the award.
  • We do not fund researchers, research groups or institutions that have accepted money from the tobacco industry or persons connected with the tobacco industry.
  • Specific eligibility criteria apply for each award. Please check that you meet the criteria before applying by carefully reading the eligibility and award stipulations document, which must be read in conjunction with the instructions to applicants document Both documents will be available on the webpage for each award.

The following table outlines the process and general timeframe for our major awards:

 

AATSIA

HPS

PdF

FLF

VG 

PEG

CEA

Applications open*

Feb

Feb

Mar

Mar

April

April

July

Closing date*

March

April

April

May

May

May

Aug

Peer review committee                               

Initial review         

April –

June

April –

May

May –

June

June

– July

June –

July 

June

Sept –

Oct 

Second review                      

N/A

N/A

Aug –

Sept 

Aug

– Sept 

Aug –

Sept 

July –

Aug  

N/A

Applicant interview             

N/A

N/A

N/A

Early

Oct

N/A

N/A

N/A

Recommendation for funding                                

Late

June

June

Late

Sept

Early

Oct

Early

Oct

Early

Sept

Late

Oct

Research Committee

Early

July 

Early

July

Late

Oct

Late

Oct

Late

Oct

N/A

N/A

Research Strategy

Mid

July

Mid

July

Early

Nov

Early

Nov

Early

Nov

N/A

N/A

National Board

Late

July  

Late

July

Late

Nov

Late

Nov

Late

Nov

N/A

N/A

Offers of awards*

31 July

31 July

30 Nov

30 Nov

30 Nov

Mid

Sept

31 Oct

*Approximate dates only. Final dates are confirmed at the beginning of each year. 

AIA: Australian Indigenous Awards; HPS: Health Professional Scholarship; PDF: Postdoctoral Fellowship; FLF: Future Leader Fellowship; VG: Vanguard Grant; PEG: Partnership Engagement Grant; CEA: Collaboration and Exchange Award;