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1 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Heart Foundation Research Program

2 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Our motivation Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death in Australia. It affects one in six individuals and claims one life every 10 minutes - currently 36 % of all deaths.

3 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Our Vision For Australians to have the best cardiovascular health in the world. Our Mission To reduce suffering and death from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia.

4 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service  The Heart Foundation is an independent non-profit health organisation established in  The Heart Foundation is a federation, with eight state and territory offices in addition to a national group.  We are Australia’s most credible authority on healthy lifestyle.  Approximately 95% of our funding comes from donations and bequests. The charity for life

5 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service The Heart Foundation takes a multi-faceted approach to improving the cardiovascular health of all Australians, our approach includes: What does the Heart Foundation do?  Health professionals  Public awareness  Schools  Programs and services  Advocacy  Research

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7 Our Vision To provide major advances in knowledge that will lead to improved cardiovascular health and better prevention and management of cardiovascular disease Our Mission To be the leading Australian advocate, supporter and champion of high quality cardiovascular research

8 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Over almost 50 years, the Heart Foundation has invested more than $189 million in research … this equates to a value of $1.51 billion from improved cardiovascular health.

9 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Lobbying Telstra to develop 000 emergency number Lowering cholesterol levels – lipid study Development of artificial pacemaker Some of our achievements

10 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service The Heart Foundation Research Program undergoes an external independent evaluation process each year Findings include: Greater visibility in key cardiovascular research journals than the NHMRC (per dollar spent) A leader in pro-actively establishing research relationships with other organisations and corporate partners to increase our research support The Research Program is managed in a highly cost-effective, ethical and transparent manner Research in review

11 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Support the highest quality research in the field of cardiovascular health and disease Support early to mid career researchers Support both people and projects Support biomedical, clinical and public health research We aim to:

12 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Research with the goal of understanding normal and abnormal human functioning, at the molecular, cellular, organ system and whole body level May include studies on human subjects that do not have a diagnostic or therapeutic orientation Biomedical Research

13 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Research with the goal of understanding improving the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease; improving health and quality of life Research on or for the treatment of patients Clinical Research

14 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Research that is primarily concerned with population- level factors, but also includes community-level and individual-level determinants of health Research with the goal of improving the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of health systems through changes to policy and practice Public Health Research (including health services research)

15 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service People SupportProject Support Career Development Fellowships Overseas Fellowships Postdoctoral Fellowships Postgraduate Scholarships Summer Scholarships Travel Grants Grants-in-Aid Cardiovascular diseases and depression strategic research

16 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service In 2008 the Heart Foundation Research Program funded: 58 Grants-in-Aid 5 Career Development Fellowships 2 Overseas Fellowships 21 Postdoctoral Fellowships 22 Postgraduate Scholarships

17 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service People Funding

18 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Medical or non-medical graduates For study towards PhD Biomedical, clinical, public health applications are assessed separately Maximum three years Part time applications will be considered Applicants should not hold any other scholarship awards Specialised scholarships: stroke and Indigenous health Postgraduate Scholarships

19 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Please note: For scholarships, you need to apply in the category according to your background, rather than the category of research for which you are applying!

20 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Biomedical scholar: Has relevant biomedical training Usually holds a Bachelor of Science Clinical scholar: Has relevant clinical training Usually holds MBBS Public health scholar: Has relevant public health training Must have a relevant project Can be from broader fields

21 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Assessment criteria and points Postgraduate Scholarships Undergraduate record10 Honours and/or postgraduate research training10 Research project30 Track record10 Publications10 Career direction5 Host institution / Supervisor10 Referee Reports (x2)10 (5 per report) Overall score5 Maximum score100

22 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Two years duration Biomedical, clinical and public health applications are ranked separately Part time applications will be considered Two levels: PDF1: 0-2 years postdoctoral PDF2: 2-5 years postdoctoral Postdoctoral Fellowships

23 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Opportunity to gain experience in an overseas environment At least 24 months research experience Biomedical, clinical and public health applications are invited but are assessed together Two years overseas, one in Australia Allowances - cost of living, accommodation, travel to and from destination Overseas Fellowships

24 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Assessment criteria and points Postdoctoral and Overseas Fellowships Track record: Independence, leadership, grants/awards, invited presentations. 20 Research output: Publications, patents, books. 25 Supervisor and host laboratory10 Proposed research program25 Potential for independent contribution to cardiovascular research 10 Referee reports (x2)10 (5 per report) Maximum score100

25 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service The Heart Foundation’s most prestigious award For high quality researchers with proven record of independent research Four years duration Includes a $30,000 project grant in the first year Can only receive one Two levels: CDA1: 2-7 years postdoctoral CDA2: 7-12 years postdoctoral Career Development Fellowships

26 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Assessment criteria and points Career Development Fellowships Track record: Independence, leadership, grants/awards, invited presentations. 25 Research output: Publications, patents, books. 20 Proposed research program30 Potential for independent contribution to cardiovascular research 15 Referee reports (x2)10 (5 per report) Maximum score100

27 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service The Heart Foundation allocates research funding through a cost-effective, ethical and transparent review system. Scholarships Fellowships The peer review process Application submitted Assessed by four independent assessors Assessed & ranked by Scholarships committee Application submitted Assessed by two independent assessors Interview Fellowships committee

28 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Awarded to researchers working in the area of CVD or related areas. Open to Australian citizens or permanent residents. Researchers may only receive one travel grant per year. Open to all early postgraduate scholars and junior Postdoctoral Fellows to support presentation of cardiovascular related research at a relevant conference There are three Travel Grant closing dates throughout the year! Travel Grants

29 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Available during December-January holidays 2 nd or 3 rd year students in relevant course Applicants need to organise their own project, supervisor and institution Preference given to applicants with little or no research experience across all disciplines 6 to 8 weeks duration Up to $2000 Summer Scholarships

30 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Project Funding

31 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Funding for a particular research project Two years support Maximum of $ p.a. Grants-in-Aid

32 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service The Heart Foundation has an agreement with the NHMRC regarding assessments of applications Applications are assessed by a panel of experts in the field, brought together by the NHMRC NHMRC Partnership

33 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Grant-in-Aid applications will be submitted to the NHMRC via their online form. Supplementary questions for the Heart Foundation The Heart Foundation will receive the NHMRC ranked list The Heart Foundation has a committee which examines applications for relevance and feasibility The Process

34 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Considering applying? Check our website for all award instructions and read the conditions Any questions regarding eligibility, talk to your RAO

35 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service For closing dates, salaries and more information Talk to your RAO – your institute may have closing dates different to the Heart Foundation closing dates Check our website which is always being updated, there may be changes to instructions, there maybe special awards available Sign up for and our bulletins which announce all award closing dates and new awards

36 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service When you are ready to apply Ensure you submit your application through your RAO / Research Office

37 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service With researchers - newsletter -Regular bulletins -Visits to most current Heart Foundation researchers -Dedicated research section on the Heart Foundation website Keeping in touch… With the general public and our donors - Inclusion of articles in Heart Foundation publications - Researcher profiles - Media articles - Fundraising letters - Donor functions

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39 Co-funding partnerships involve two funding bodies equally contributing to an award. The applicant benefits through being affiliated with both organisations The organisations benefit through being able to fund more researchers Current and recent co-funding partners include: Co-funding relationships

40 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Established in 2003 Research support to date: over $3.3 million, which has funded 24 Scholars, Fellows and the Chair of Cardiac Nursing No involvement or impact on the peer review process No direct relationship with supported researchers No involvement in Heart Foundation evidence-based guideline development

41 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Adherence = medicines and lifestyle Adherence about 50% to chronic treatments Health care professional input important for consumer adherence Project: to develop an educational tool for GPs, pharmacists and practice nurses to improve adherence Wide stakeholder buy-in Research institutions have been contacted for input

42 Heartsite HeartHealth Information Service Thank you!


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