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Application opening and closing dates for the 2020 research funding round are:

Award Applications Open Closing date
Partnership Engagement Grants
Round One
27 January 2020 20 March 2020

Health Professional

3 February 2020 27 March 2020
Australian Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Awards
10 February 2020 3 April 2020
Vanguard Grants  24 Februrary 2020 24 April 2020
Future Leader Fellowships  2 March 2020 1 May 2020
Postdoctoral Fellowships  16 March 2020 15 May 2020
Partnership Engagement Grants Round Two 15 June 2020 31 July 2020

What you need to know before applying

For initial questions about applying, please contact the research office at your institution.

If you are considering applying for funding from us, please consider:

  • All research funded by the Heart Foundation must be conducted primarily in Australia and be related to cardiovascular health.
  • Applicants must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or permanent resident, or must have applied to become an Australian permanent resident.
  • Research supported by us must be administered by an NHMRC Administering Institution. (Download the list of NHMRC Administering Institutions from the bottom of the NHMRC website)
  • Ethics clearances (where required) need to be in place for the duration of the award.
  • We do not fund researchers, research groups or institutions that have accepted money from the tobacco industry or persons connected with the tobacco industry.
  • Specific eligibility criteria apply to each award. Please check that you meet the criteria before applying by carefully reading the eligibility documents applicable to the program you are applying for. How to apply documents have also been supplied on our website to assist applicants in planning their applications. Both documents are available on the webpage for each award.
  • Important information – All applications must be submitted via the Heart Foundation Research Portal. All other forms of submission will not be considered.
  • Applications must be endorsed by your administering Institution’s research office by 5pm (AEST) on the closing date.
  • Applications that do not adhere to the instructions will not be considered.
  • Heart Foundation Research Program staff can assist with procedural queries in relation to making your application. 

We recommend seeking guidance from your supervisor, research office or colleagues for queries relating to these matters.

The peer review process

Applications are assessed by an external Peer Review Committee and not Heart Foundation staff. Therefore, Heart Foundation staff are not able to answer queries relating to an application’s relevance to the purpose of each award.

  • The Heart Foundation manages a contemporary peer review process. The review is conducted by an independent Peer Review Committee, members of the committee are selected based on their skills and experience in cardiovascular research.
  • The peer review process accounts for conflicts of interest.  Applications undergo rigorous review as explained in detail in the eligibility document for each award.
  • The details and assessment of all applications are subject to privacy policies and laws, which we uphold.
  • The Peer Review Committee will make recommendations to the Heart Foundation, which are then endorsed and approved by the Heart Foundation’s Research Committee and Research Strategy Committee.


Email notifications of your application’s progress are generally sent out after each stage of peer review.

If your application is successful, you will receive an offer no later than the beginning of November. After accepting the offer, you will enter into a formal funding agreement.

If you have not heard from the Heart Foundation, then it is likely your application is still under review.

More information

More information about managing your award and your obligations is available in the Manage my funding section.

Contacting us

You can contact the Heart Foundation research team by emailing or by calling us on (03) 9321 1581.