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Strategic Grants

Strategic Grants aim to generate innovative and collaborative research in the areas of identified knowledge gaps or those deemed to be priorities of the Heart Foundation. 

2021 topics announced 

The Heart Foundation has continued consultation with Australians living with heart conditions, the general community, health professionals and other stakeholders to inform our research priorities. 

Mental Health and Heart Disease Strategic Grant 

The grant is to provide an innovative research program in mental health and heart disease and to demonstrate multidisciplinary partnerships and collaboration. The focus will be on the prevention and/or management of mental illness in people with cardiovascular disease. 

Behaviour Change Strategic Grant (Dietary or Physical Activity)  

This grant is to develop interventions that will improve diet or physical activity with the aim to reduce cardiovascular disease. The focus will be on strategies that are practical, scalable and clinically impactful in delivering diet or physical activity improvements. 

The grant may address, but is not limited to: 

  • Behaviour change models targeting individuals and/or community – targeting health eating or physical activity, 
  • Novel evidence-based technologies and strategies for improving dietary or physical behaviours, 
  • Strategies that are relevant and applicable to improve diet or physical activity in disadvantaged populations, 
  • Application of novel assessment tools that support improvement in dietary behaviours, and 
  • Studies focused on behaviour change interventions that address sitting less and moving more to reduce cardiovascular disease. 

Who can apply?  

Strategic grants are open to experienced senior researchers, with a significant track record, national and/or international collaborative team, and an ability to attract further funding for the program. 

Limit of one application per Chief Investigator A, per Strategic Grant program.  

What is the value of the Grant?  

$1,000,000 funding over 3 years.
Funding will be distributed annually for the duration of the grant.  

When can you apply?  

This is a two-stage application process. For Stage 1, applicants must submit a ‘Letter of Intent’ style application via the Heart Foundation Portal. Successful applicants in Stage 1 will be invited to submit additional application details. 

Mental Health and Heart Disease Strategic Grant  
Applications open: June 28th, 2021 
Applications close: July 23rd, 2021 
Those successful in Stage 1 will be notified by September 3rd, 2021.  

Behaviour Change Strategic Grant  
Applications open: July 5th, 2021 
Applications close: July 30th, 2021  
Those successful in Stage 1 will be notified by September 10th, 2021.

Awardees will be announced in January 2022. 

Successful awardees must be able to commence the research program within 3 months from the date awarded. 

How should you apply?  

Applications must be submitted via the Heart Foundation’s Researcher Portal. 

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Note: The application will only be available on the portal from the open date.

Please download the Research Program Funding Guidelines for more details including eligibility requirements and the application process. 

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