Research funding

2017 Research Funding Offers

The Heart Foundation is pleased to announce that 79 new awards 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.

More than 370 applications for funding were received with a success rate of 21%. 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.

Since 1962, we have invested more than $570 million (in today's value) in cardiovascular research.

Recognising research excellence

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

Ross Hohnen Award for Research Excellence

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.

  • Associate Professor Yves D'Udekem, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Heart Foundation Paul Korner Innovation Award

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

Future Leader Fellowships

  • Dr Lauren May, Monash University
  • Dr Xiaowei Wang, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Mr Man Lee, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • Dr Kavitha Muthiah, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Limited
  • 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

    Dr Brian Drew

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Investigating new therapeutic strategies for heart failure

    Dr Jelena Rnjak Kovacina

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Bioengineered vascularised cardiac patches

    Dr Yugeesh Lankadeva

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

    VIC

    Maintaining blood pressure while protecting the kidney during open heart surgery and sepsis

    Dr Renjing Liu

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Targeting TET2 to treat aortic aneurysms

    Dr Lauren May

    Monash University

    VIC

    G protein-coupled receptor context-specific biased agonism to treat heart disease

    Dr Caroline Miller

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Reducing over consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in Australia

    Dr Jonathan Mynard

    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

    VIC

    Improving assessment of cardiovascular risk in children and young adults

    Dr Kazuaki Negishi

    University of Tasmania

    TAS

    Advanced cardiovascular imaging for early diagnosis and treatment

    Dr Nathan Palpant

    The University of Queensland

    QLD

    Cardiovascular Development and Disease: Discovery science to translational applications

    Associate Professor David Peiris

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Maximising cardiovascular disease prevention in primary care for underserved populations

    Dr Nicola Ridgers

    Deakin University

    VIC

    Addressing the challenges of promoting youth physical activity

    Dr Dion Stub

    Monash University

    VIC

    Improving outcomes following cardiac arrest

    Associate Professor Aaron Sverdlov

    The University of Newcastle

    NSW

    Bench-to-bedside approach to improving management and outcomes for patients with heart failure

    Dr Jenny Veitch

    Deakin University

    VIC

    How can parks be improved so as to encourage physical activity for the prevention of heart disease?

    Dr Helena Viola

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    Mitochondria and cardiovascular pathology

    Dr Xiaowei Wang

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Diagnostic, therapeutic and theranostic techniques via molecular ultrasound imaging

  • 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 Emily Atkins

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Is ultra-low-dose combination blood pressure lowering cost-effective, acceptable, and tolerable?

    Dr Gillian Blue

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    The role of genetic burden in congenital heart disease and translation into patient care

    Dr Maria Brosnan

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Determining how genetics influence cardiac remodelling, using exercise as an environmental stress

    Dr Kristin Carson

    University of South Australia

    SA

    iSNAP (interactive Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical activity) program for youth

    Dr Rosanne Freak Poli

    Monash University

    VIC

    Social isolation and cardiovascular risk in older Australians

    Ms Marita Hefler

    Menzies School of Health Research

    NT

    Reducing smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to help close the gap

    Ms Maria Jelinic

    La Trobe University

    VIC

    B cells and hypertension

    Ms Claire Johnson

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Assessing the impact of food policy interventions to improve diet in the Pacific Islands

    Dr Sanjeewa Kularatna

    Queensland University of Technology

    QLD

    Development of new methods to accurately measure heart disease outcomes

    Mr Man Lee

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Bioenergetics of macrophages in atherosclerosis

    Dr Thomas Lung

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Simulating the long-term health economic impact of overweight, obesity and related comorbidities

    Dr Eli Moore

    University of South Australia

    SA

    Non-clotting and pro-healing coating for vascular devices

    Dr Kavitha Muthiah

    Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Limited

    NSW

    Personalising Antiplatelet Therapy in Left Ventricular Assist Device Supported Patients

    Dr Thao Minh Nguyen

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Do local stem cells in blood vessels contribute to the hardening of arteries in atherosclerosis?

    Dr Kristina Petersen

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    A practical new method of measuring population salt intake

    Dr Ying Wang

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Cardiovascular outcomes after acute kidney failure

    Dr Myles Young

    The University of Newcastle

    NSW

    Testing an online program to reduce cardiovascular risk in overweight and obese men with depression

    Dr Sarah Zaman

    Monash University

    VIC

    Prevention of Sudden Death in Heart Attack Survivors

  • 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 Robert Anderson

    Melbourne Health

    VIC

    Atrial fibrillation and obstructive sleep apnoea

    Dr Laura Fong

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Long-term outcomes after repair of complete AVSD

    Dr Sonali Gnanenthiran

    ANZAC Research Institute

    NSW

    The Effect of Ageing on Cardiovascular Disease Prediction

    Dr Abdul Ihdayhid

    Monash University

    VIC

    Clinical Utility and Feasibility of Point of Care CT-Derived Fractional Flow Reserve

    Dr Anoop Koshy

    University of Melbourne

    VIC

    Cardiovascular Dysfunction in Advanced Liver Disease and After Liver Transplantation

    Dr Hui Yin Lim

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

    VIC

    Novel coagulation biomarkers in high-risk cardiovascular population

    Dr Siva Namachivayam

    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

    VIC

    Trial of early peritoneal dialysis after cardiac surgery in children

    Dr Felix Ng

    University of Melbourne

    VIC

    Maximizing Stroke Treatment Outcome After Reperfusion

    Dr Satish Ramkumar

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Understanding atrial fibrillation risk and development of a mass screening model

  • 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

    Dr Kathryn Backholer

    Deakin University

    VIC

    Monitoring the price of foods and beverages in Australia

    Dr Jocasta Ball

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Developing a targeted screening program for the detection of unknown atrial fibrillation

    Associate Professor Claudine Bonder

    University of South Australia

    SA

    Revolutionising vascular devices with a novel non-clotting and prohealing coating

    Professor Andrew Boyle

    The University of Newcastle

    NSW

    Reduction of End Diastolic Pressure in Acute Myocardial Infarction. The RED PAMI trial

    Dr Kristen Bubb

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Clinical trial of a novel treatment for peripheral arterial disease

    Associate Professor Yves D'Udekem

    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

    VIC

    Fontan ACE inhibitor randomised controlled trial for nephropathy

    Dr Adrian Elliott

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    The STEP-ICD Study

    Associate Professor Coralie English

    The University of Newcastle

    NSW

    Stand up for your blood pressure after stroke

    Dr Joshua Francis

    Menzies School of Health Research

    NT

    Rapid echo detection of rheumatic heart disease

    Professor Robyn Gallagher

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Cognitive impairment in heart attack survivors

    Dr Kathryn Hayward

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

    VIC

    VESPUR: Phase II Trial

    Professor Graham Hillis

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    Reducing heart rate to reduce the complications of diabetes

    Dr Melinda Hutchesson

    The University of Newcastle

    NSW

    Be Healthe for your Heart: Preventing CVD among women with a history of pre-eclampsia

    Professor Rachel Huxley

    La Trobe University

    VIC

    How well are people with coronary heart disease managed in primary care?

    Dr Hannah Keage

    University of South Australia

    SA

    Cognitive training to prevent cognitive impairment after heart surgery in older adults

    Professor Michelle Miller

    The Flinders University of South Australia

    SA

    Health Online for Teens: An Australian technology based lifestyle program for obese adolescents

    Professor Sharon Naismith

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    TRIDENT-Cog

    Dr Lee Nedkoff

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    The burden of coronary heart disease in younger people: evidence for cardiovascular prevention

    Associate Professor Christopher Neil

    University of Melbourne

    VIC

    Bio-Electrical Stimulation To Facilitate Improved Training in HF (BESTFIT HF)

    Dr Anna Ralph

    Menzies School of Health Research

    NT

    WSP Plus: Reducing the risk of Streptococcal infections for ARF/RHD patients and their households

    Dr Isuru Ranasinghe

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Costs of Early Heart Failure Readmissions

    Professor Chris Semsarian

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Management of Sudden Cardiac Death Families

    Associate Professor James Sharman

    University of Tasmania

    TAS

    Clinical value of accurate blood pressure measurement

    Dr Dion Stub

    Monash University

    VIC

    Neurorehabilitation for cognitive impairment after cardiac arrest: A randomised controlled trial

    Professor Zhonghua Sun

    Curtin University of Technology

    WA

    Three-dimensional printed models for planning and guidance of congenital heart disease treatment

    Dr Natalie Ward

    Curtin University of Technology

    WA

    Natural products to lower cholesterol

    Dr Jun Yang

    Monash University

    VIC

    Finding a curable cause of high blood pressure

    Profesor Bu Yeap

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    Muscle mass, physical activity and cardiovascular health following bariatric surgery

  • 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

    Dr Elizabeth Barr

    Menzies School of Health Research

    NT

    Knowledge transfer on cardiovascular disease risk scores in Indigenous populations

    Ms Genevieve Coorey

    The George Institute for Global Health

    NSW

    Attend 2018 EuroHeartCare Conference and visit Edinburgh Napier University

    Dr Adrian Elliott

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Autonomic Evaluation in Patients with Cardiac Arrhythmias: Effects of Weight Loss and Exerc

    Dr Lining Ju

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Develop high-throughput single cell analysis for diabetic platelet prothrombotic phenotype

    Dr Sze Lin Yoong

    The University of Newcastle

    NSW

    Visit to Professor Dianne Ward from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • 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 Mohammed Bennamoun

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    Development, validation, testing and refinement of deep learning networks for identification of high risk CT coronary angiography features

    Associate Professor Carol Hodgson

    Monash University

    VIC

    Improving Outcomes for Patients Requiring Extracorporeal Life Support

  • 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 Emily Banks

    The Sax Institute

    NSW

    Large-scale evidence to quantify and address gender-based variation in cardiovascular disease

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