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Future Leader Fellowship

Stipend and project support funding for the best and brightest in cardiovascular research.

The fellowship supports aspiring leaders who are developing independence and developing their own research portfolio, through to established leaders of cardiovascular research groups with extensive research portfolios.  

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
  • CIA must be involved in Cardiovascular Research
  • CIA must be from an NHMRC administering institution
  • CIA must also be based in Australia for at least 80% of the funding period
  • Applicants are expected to have spent at least two years actively contributing to cardiovascular research.
  • Applicants may apply to undertake the Fellowship between 0.6 FTE to 1.0 FTE, however:
    • Applicants should refer to the Indicative Criteria for the expectation of performance at each of the levels.
      • Level 1 applicants to be a minimum three years and less than seven years post PhD (relative to opportunity)
      • Level 2 applicants to be a minimum seven years and less than ten years post PhD (relative to opportunity)
      • Level 3 applicants to be a minimum ten years and less than fifteen years post PhD (relative to opportunity)
    • Applicants may apply to progress through the Future Leader levels; however, they cannot receive the same level twice.
    • Applicants may apply at a level higher than they are eligible for based on the number of years since their PhD confirmation, however, applications will only be considered in the requested category.
    • Applicants may apply in a level lower than they are eligible for if they can demonstrate that their ‘effective’ number of years since the date that their PhD thesis was passed falls within the eligibility range, once Career Disruption (detailed in question ‘Relative to Opportunity’) is considered.
      • Career Disruption includes major illness, and or carer responsibilities including parental leave. Career Disruption is not:
      • absence from work of less than 28 calendar days.
      • employment outside the research sector including time spent working in the industry;
      • clinical, administrative, or teaching workload;
      • relocation of laboratory or clinical practice setting
      • other similar circumstances that impact research productivity.
  • Applicants may only apply within one Heart Foundation Fellowship category or type (including the Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships) in any year. Should an applicant apply within multiple Fellowship categories or types, all applications from that candidate will be removed from further consideration.
  • An applicant may not concurrently hold more than one Fellowship. To clarify this:
    • an NHMRC Investigator Grant is considered a fellowship due to the stipend component.
    • the Heart Foundation does not partner fund Future Leader Fellowship
    • Should an applicant be successful with applications to both the Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship program and a third-party funding program, the applicant will need to choose their funding provider. If the third party is chosen, the Heart Foundation may consider offering an Honorary Fellowship.

Please note from 2022, the Heart Foundation is adopting new NHMRC policies regarding quality publications over quantity. Applicants are only required to add their best top ten publications from the past ten years (taking into consideration career disruptions).

What’s the value of the Fellowship?  

 LEVEL 1LEVEL 2LEVEL 3
TOTAL VALUE
$529,000
(Stipend pro rata)
$652,000
(Stipend pro rata)
$692,000
(Stipend pro rata)
ANNUAL PROJECT SUPPORT$40,000$50,000$50,000
STIPEND – YEAR 1$90,000$110,000$120,000
STIPEND – YEAR 2$91,500$112,000$122,000
STIPEND – YEAR 3$93,000$114,000$124,000
STIPEND – YEAR 4$94,500$116,000$126,000

When can you apply?
Applications open:   21 March 2022
Applications close:  29 April 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 Guidelines for more details including eligibility requirements and the application process.  

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

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