Research funding

2017 Research Funding Offers

The Heart Foundation is pleased to announce that 90 awards, with a total value of $16.9 million, have been offered to support Australia’s best and brightest researchers to investigate the causes, treatment and prevention of heart, stroke and blood vessel disease. This represents a significant increase in the number of awards and funding we have been able to offer for 2017.

More than 430 applications for funding were received with a success rate of 20.9%. Please see the tables below for the full list of successful applications.

As a charity and the largest non-government funder of heart disease research in Australia, the Heart Foundation is proud to invest in research to help all Australians have better heart health.

The Heart Foundation has invested more than $537 million (in today's value) in cardiovascular research from 1962 to 2015.

Recognising research excellence

We are also pleased to announce the awards for this year’s most outstanding and innovative applications.

The Ross Hohnen Award for Research Excellence recognises each year’s most outstanding and innovative Vanguard Grant application, and provides $10,000 on top of the Grant.

  • Dr Maxine Bonham, Monash University

The Heart Foundation Paul Korner Innovation Award is given to the most innovative Future Leader Fellowship and Postdoctoral Fellowship applications each year, and provides a single payment of $20,000 on top of the Fellowship.

Future Leader Fellowship winners  

  • Dr James Hudson, The University of Queensland
  • Associate Professor Andrew Steer, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Postdoctoral Fellowship winners 

  • Dr Lining Ju, University of Sydney
  • Dr Michael Wong, University of Melbourne
  • Future Leader Fellowships

    Future Leader Fellowships support cardiovascular researchers as they build their research capacity and become leaders of research groups.

    The Fellowships provide generous salary and project funding to facilitate high impact research outcomes.

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Associate Professor Ravinay Bhindi

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Optimising the treatment of coronary artery disease

    Dr Janet Bray

    Monash University

    VIC

    Optimising access to care and the emergency evidence-base for acute cardiovascular events.

    Dr Yu Suk Choi

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    Stem cell mechanobiology for heart regeneration

    Dr Francine Coelho-Marques

    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Holdings Limited

    VIC

    Finding early biomarkers for the prevention of heart failure

    Dr Ding Ding

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Cardiovascular disease prevention among Chinese immigrants in Australia

    Dr Bradley Edwards

    Monash University

    VIC

    Personalising the treatment of sleep apnoea

    Associate Professor Coralie English

    The University of Newcastle

    NSW

    Sit less, move more after stroke

    Associate Professor Anand Ganesan

    The Flinders University of South Australia

    SA

    Advancing Cardiovascular Technology

    Dr Eleni Giannoulatou

    Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Limited

    NSW

    Identifying newly arising mutations causing heart disease in babies

    Dr Carol Hodgson

    Monash University

    VIC

    Recovery after critical illness from cardiovascular failure

    Dr James Hudson

    The University of Queensland

    QLD

    Using human 3D engineered heart tissue for discovery of new drugs

    Associate Professor Nadine Kasparian

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Strategies to optimise psychological health in children and adults with congenital heart disease.

    Associate Professor Lisa Moran

    Monash University

    VIC

    Optimising weight management in women of reproductive age

    Dr Adrienne O'Neil

    University of Melbourne

    VIC

    Improving the health outcomes of patients experiencing negative emotions after a heart attack

    Dr Isuru Ranasinghe

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Leveraging Big Data to Inform Cardiovascular Healthcare Outcomes

    Dr Nicola Smith

    Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Limited

    NSW

    New drug targets for the treatment of cardiovascular disease

    Associate Professor Andrew Steer

    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

    VIC

    Interventions for the control of rheumatic heart disease

    Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden

    The University of Newcastle

    NSW

    Improving research translation to improve heart health

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Postdoctoral Fellowships encourage and support early-career cardiovascular researchers to develop research skills and independence. The Fellowships help researchers further their career as they become more competitive for future funding from a range of sources.

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Dr Kaleab Asrress

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Coronary and Ventricular Haemodynamics in the Management of Ischaemic Heart Disease

    Dr Elizabeth Barr

    Menzies School of Health Research

    NT

    Cardiovascular risk in Indigenous people

    Dr Carissa Bonner

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Translating cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines into practice

    Dr Bianca Calabria

    Australian National University

    ACT

    Indigenous absolute cardiovascular disease risk

    Dr Adrian Elliott

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Exercise Training for Atrial Fibrillation

    Ms Ashleigh Guillaumier

    The University of Newcastle

    NSW

    Healthy living after stroke: An online secondary prevention program for stroke survivors

    Dr Quan Huynh

    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Holdings Limited

    VIC

    Prediction and Prevention of Heart Failure Hospitalisation

    Dr Lining Ju

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Deep profiling of platelet hyperactive phenotypes in diabetes

    Dr Nicole Lowres

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Self-monitoring using a smartphone ECG following post-operative atrial fibrillation

    Dr Kate Lycett

    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

    VIC

    The Hearts and Minds Study

    Dr Alex McLellan

    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Holdings Limited

    VIC

    Weight Loss and cardiovascular risk factor optimization for the treatment of ventricular tachycardia

    Dr Emma McMahon

    Menzies School of Health Research

    NT

    Supporting decision making to improve food supply and access in remote Indigenous communities

    Dr Kristina Petersen

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    A practical new method of measuring population salt intake

    Dr Yusuke Sata

    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Holdings Limited

    VIC

    Central Nervous System and Treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease

    Dr Stephanie Schoppe

    Central Queensland University

    QLD

    Increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary time in children using smartphone apps

    Ms Helen Trevena

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Improving the healthiness of the foods in Australian supermarkets

    Dr Michael Wong

    University of Melbourne

    VIC

    Pacemaker Implantation in Kidney Disease (The PaceKiD Study)

    Dr Eser Zerenturk

    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Holdings Limited

    VIC

    Identification of new mechanisms to regulate cholesterol levels

  • Health Professional Scholarships

    Health Professional Scholarships support cardiovascular health professionals to undertake a PhD. The Scholarships encourage health professionals to become active in research while continuing their cardiovascular health practice.

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Dr Chris Anthony

    Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Limited

    NSW

    Cardiac MRI Versus Endomyocardial Biopsy in Cardiac Allograft Rejection Detection

    Dr Sinjini Biswas

    Monash University

    VIC

    Impact of early coronary angiography in patients post cardiac arrest without ST elevation on ECG

    Ms Genevieve Coorey

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Evaluation of an interactive e-health lifestyle change program for reducing risk of heart disease.

    Dr Sarah Gutman

    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Holdings Limited

    VIC

    Advanced Imaging Techniques in the Detection of Rheumatic Heart Disease

    Dr Pankaj Jain

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Recovery of heart function after insertion of a mechanical pump

    Dr William Lee

    Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Limited

    NSW

    Assessing drugs that cause sudden cardiac death

    Dr Jay Ramchand

    University of Melbourne

    VIC

    Can a simple blood test improve prediction of coronary disease?

    Dr Hariharan Sugumar

    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Holdings Limited

    VIC

    Catheter ablation for persistent atrial fibrillation: A Multicenter randomised study (CAPLA)

    Dr Geoffrey Wong

    Melbourne Health

    VIC

    Genetic Predisposition to Atrial Fibrillation (GENE-AF)

  • Australian Indigenous Scholarships

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Ms Michelle Bovill

    The University of Newcastle

    NSW

    Culturally responsive approaches for the empowerment of Aboriginal women in smoking cessation care

    Ms Amy Searle

    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Holdings Limited

    VIC

    Selective clot-busting: Novel treatment of clotting and inflammatory cardiovascular diseases

  • Vanguard Grants

    Vanguard Grants give funding to test the feasibility of innovative concepts in public health or health services, including clinical service delivery. They are available to researchers for a concept study with the potential to improve cardiovascular health in the short term.

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Professor Robert Adams

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Cardiovascular impacts of obstructive sleep apnea in men

    Professor Jason Allen

    Victoria University

    VIC

    BEET HF - Dietary Inorganic Nitrate in CHF

    Dr Nadine Andrew

    Monash University

    VIC

    Developing standardised methods for setting patient centred goals in stroke

    Associate Professor Thomas Astell-Burt

    The University of Wollongong

    NSW

    Social capital: A social catalyst to keep people heart healthy and out of hospital?

    Associate Professor Beata Bajorek

    University of Technology, Sydney

    NSW

    Supporting GPs in optimal stroke prevention via novel decision tools and therapeutics experts

    Dr Michael Barlow

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Fun Healthy & Fit: Computer Game Control via an Exertion System

    Dr Ivan Bindoff

    University of Tasmania

    TAS

    Quittr: A game that wants you to Quit

    Dr Maxine Bonham

    Monash University

    VIC

    A dietary intervention to improve heart health in shift workers

    Dr Carissa Bonner

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Combining new guideline formats with patient communication tools to improve evidence-based practice

    Professor Robyn Clark

    South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited

    SA

    The Trackers Study: access and activity in the first 30 days post discharge for ACS

    Associate Professor Alan Clough

    James Cook University

    QLD

    The 'Top End' Smoke-free Spaces Project

    Professor Michael Davies

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Why do children born after infertility treatment have more congenital heart defects?

    Professor Andrea Driscoll

    Deakin University

    VIC

    Development and validation of the FAST tool

    Professor David Dunstan

    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Holdings Limited

    VIC

    Mitigating the effects Of sitting on Vascular dysfunction in type 2 diabEtes. The MOVE Trial.

    Associate Professor Roger Evans

    Monash University

    VIC

    A new way to protect the kidney during open heart surgery

    Professor Robyn Gallagher

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Gamifying Secondary Preventative Strategies After Acute Coronary Syndrome

    Dr Jodie Ingles

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    A decision aid for implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

    Dr Sanjeewa Kularatna

    Griffith University

    QLD

    Developing a new cardiovascular specific instrument to measure and value health

    Professor Ralph Maddison

    Deakin University

    VIC

    Improving self-management of heart failure

    Associate Professor Andrew Maiorana

    Curtin University of Technology

    WA

    Water-based exercise for heart disease

    Professor Marita McCabe

    Australian Catholic University Limited

    NSW

    An Online Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program for Men at Midlife

    Dr Louise Naylor

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    Early detection of cardiovascular disease in survivors of childhood cancer

    Professor Lisa Nissen

    Queensland University of Technology

    QLD

    VALiD: the Value of Augmented reality for improving medicine Literacy in Diabetes and hypertension

    Professor Anna Peeters

    Deakin University

    VIC

    Food and drink sale trends in Australia

    Dr Peter Psaltis

    South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited

    SA

    Can we pacify coronary plaque inflammation with colchicine?

    Associate Professor Julie Redfern

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Apps to improve medication adherence in Coronary Heart Disease (MedApp-CHD) Study

    Professor Anthony Rodgers

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Pilot phase for the workplace migraine HeadAche Prevention Project

    Dr Frank Sanfilippo

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    Measuring adherence to multiple medicines concurrently in PBS data

    Associate Professor Benjamin Smith

    Monash University

    VIC

    Improving GP and patient partnerships for blood pressure management in primary care

    Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan

    Menzies School of Health Research

    NT

    I Heart HealthLAB

    Dr Dion Stub

    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Holdings Limited

    VIC

    Role of coronary angiography in cardiac arrest

    Dr Rosanna Tavella

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Appropriate Use of Cardiac Stents

    Dr Wei-Peng Teo

    Deakin University

    VIC

    An online interactive virtual rehabilitation platform for community-dwelling stroke survivors

    Dr Michael Wong

    Melbourne Health

    VIC

    Pacemaker Implantation in Kidney Disease (The PaceKiD Study)

  • Collaboration and Exchange Awards

    Collaboration and Exchange awards help Heart Foundation funded scholars and postdoctoral fellows visit other research facilities, across Australia and overseas, to collaborate and share knowledge.

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Mr Richard Allan

    The Flinders University of South Australia

    SA

    Visits to Metro Health and St. Johns Hopsital to enhance IVUS and ultrasound techniques

    Dr Jonathon Fanning

    The University of Queensland

    QLD

    Determining the rheology of cardiogenic emboli through collaboration with USyd and Texas Heart

    Dr Melissa Lee

    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

    VIC

    Survival after coarctation repair: an international collaboration with Royal Brompton Hospital

    Dr Ross Roberts-Thomson

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Australia-India Project Collaboration for the Assessment of Rheumatic Heart Disease Severity

  • Partnership Engagement Grants

    Partnership Engagement Grants (PEG) enable researchers to partner with the Heart Foundation to apply for NHMRC, ARC and other funding, for large-scale cardiovascular research projects. Of the 2015 PEG applications the Heart Foundation has agreed to partner in two projects.

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Professor Andrea Driscoll

    Deakin University

    VIC

    Redesigning systems of care for heart failure patients to improve outcomes

    Professor Sophia Zoungas

    Monash University

    VIC

    STAREE Life: the effect of statin therapy on diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour in older Australians

  • NSW CVRN Collaborative Project Grants

    NSW Cardiovascular Research Network Research (NSW CVRN) Collaborative Project Grants stimulate, fund and support new collaborative research proposals from current NSW CVRN members.

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Dr Ding (Melody) Ding

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Neighbourhood environment and cardiovascular health: An analysis of linked environmental data

    Associate Professor Mitch Duncan

    The University of Newcastle

    NSW

    Improving understanding of Sleep, Physical Activity & Diet as CVD risk factors

  • NSW CVRN Women and Heart Disease Grant

    The NSW CVRN Women and Heart Disease Grant is for a research project which has been designed to focus specifically on heart disease in women from current NSW CVRN members.

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Professor Elizabeth Sullivan

    University of Technology, Sydney

    NSW

    NSW longitudinal study of first-time mothers with heart disease and their babies

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