What is the Cardiovascular Health Mission?

The Cardiovascular Health Mission is a $220 million research fund that will support a large program of work over 10 years to improve heart health and reduce stroke in Australia. 

The term ‘cardiovascular disease’ includes many different conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. The most common and serious types of cardiovascular disease are:

  • coronary heart disease
  • stroke
  • heart failure

Why is the Cardiovascular Health Mission important?

Cardiovascular disease has a big impact on Australians.

  • Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia – causing 12% of all deaths (43% of cardiovascular disease deaths).
  • Stroke causes around 5% of all deaths (19% of deaths due to cardiovascular disease).
  • Cardiovascular disease accounted for almost 14% of the total burden of disease in 2015.
  • Our health system spent $10.4 billion on cardiovascular diseases in 2015–16.

What are the goals of the Cardiovascular Health Mission?

The Cardiovascular Health Mission’s goal is to make transformative improvements in cardiovascular health and stroke for all Australians.

How will we meet these goals?

The mission will:

  • accelerate Australian-led research to advance cardiovascular health
  • create a world-class research environment that serves the health system

See the mission snapshot for details of how we plan to meet these goals.

MRFF snapshot – Cardiovascular Health Mission

This snapshot shows this mission at a glance. It includes budgets, early funding priorities and grant timelines, as at November 2019. Researchers and other stakeholders can use it to plan for upcoming opportunities and see how the mission will be established, expanded and embedded over time.

Who works with us on the Cardiovascular Health Mission?

An expert advisory panel advises the government about the mission. They developed a mission roadmap for public consultation.

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funds the mission.

Our Health and Medical Research Office oversees this and other MRFF initiatives.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) will administer this initiative. 

Apply for funding

We will list grants on GrantConnect when they open. If you want GrantConnect to notify you about future MRFF grants:

  • register with them
  • enter ‘MRFF’ in the keyword section of your GrantConnect profile


Upcoming grants

There are currently no upcoming grant opportunities.

Open grant rounds

The Cardiovascular Health grant opportunity opened on 13 December 2019 and will close on 12 February 2020.

Grants being assessed

An open and contestable grant opportunity for congenital heart disease research opened on 16 July 2019 and closed on 12 September 2019.

Grants awarded

We have not funded any projects under this mission yet.

Related information

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.


For more information contact us.

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) contact

Contact for more information about the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), or to provide feedback on the MRFF website.

General enquiries:
MRFF [at] health.gov.au
MRFF website feedback:
HMRO [at] health.gov.au

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National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funds high quality health and medical research to build research capability, support researchers, encourage the translation of research into better health outcomes and promote the highest ethical standards for health and medical research.

help [at] nhmrc.gov.au

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Last updated: 
24 December 2019