Our research program

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The Heart Foundation is the national leader in research into the causes, treatment and prevention of heart disease and related disorders. 

We believe evidence-based prevention and treatment is the most effective way to help all Australians have better heart health. 

Our research funding portfolio is designed to support and develop excellent heart research in Australia. Each year we fund the best and brightest researchers, exploring a wide range of issues relating to heart disease in the areas of biomedical, clinical, public health and health services. We provide opportunities for individual researchers and for projects.

A key part of managing this portfolio is identifying gaps in the evidence and determining how we can best support researchers and build the research capacity to address these gaps. We also regularly review our funding scheme to ensure it caters to the needs and opportunities of Australian heart research.

Since 1959, we’ve invested more than $520 million (in today’s dollars) towards heart research, leading to important breakthroughs that have helped reduce the number of deaths from heart disease.

Peer Reviewers – Expressions of Interest

All research funding applications undergo an independent and rigorous peer review process, which is overseen by our Research Committee. Our committees consisting of some of the most highly respected researchers and health professionals in Australia, to ensure funding decisions are made in a fair and transparent way. 

Applications are reviewed and ranked based on scientific merit, track record, relevance and feasibility.

The reviewers generously donate their time and expertise, helping to ensure that we fund the best possible research projects and use our donors’ money in the most effective way. We greatly appreciate their invaluable contributions to the Heart Foundation.

In 2019, we are calling for expressions of interesting for peer reviewers:

  • Future Leader Fellowship Peer Review Committee
  • Vanguard Grant Peer Review Committee
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Peer Review Committee
  • Health Professional Scholarship Peer Review Committee
  • Partnership Engagement Grant Peer Review Committee
  • Collaboration and Exchange Award Peer Review Committee

In general, committee members should meet the following criteria:

  • experienced researchers and academics involved in research and cardiovascular health
  • not wishing to apply for the award they are assessing
  • passionate and willing to share their thoughts/opinions and perspectives regarding research funding
  • Are available to review a number of applications and can attend committee meetings (subject to number of submissions/requirements)
  • share a similar vision as the Heart Foundation (Heart Foundation One Heart Strategy)

The Heart Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award

In 2019, The Heart Foundation will be launching a new funding program - The Heart Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award.

We are calling for expressions of interesting from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to review submitted Expressions of interests Forms as part of a committee to determine who will receive funding.

For this committee, we are looking people who meet the following criteria:

  • Are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • interested/involved in research and cardiovascular health
  • not wishing to apply for the Heart Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award
  • passionate and willing to share their thoughts/opinions and perspectives regarding research funding
  • Are available to review a number of applications and can attend committee meetings (subject to number of submissions/requirements)
  • share a similar vision as the Heart Foundation (Heart Foundation One Heart Strategy)

 

If you would like to join a peer review committee, please complete this form and send to research@heartfoundation.org.au