About the Cardiovascular Health Mission

The Cardiovascular Health Mission is a $220 million research fund that supports a large program of work 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 it is important

The Mission supports research to improve heart health and reduce stroke in Australia.

Cardiovascular disease has a big impact on Australians.

  • Coronary heart disease is the leading single cause of disease burden death in Australia – causing 11% of all deaths (42% of cardiovascular disease deaths).
  • Stroke causes around 5% of all deaths (19% of deaths due to cardiovascular disease).
  • Coronary heart disease accounted for almost 6.9% of the total burden of disease in 2015.
  • Our health system spent $2.2 billion on coronary heart disease in 2015–16.

Objectives

The objective of the Mission is to make transformative improvements in cardiovascular health and stroke management for all Australians.

Meeting our objectives

The Cardiovascular Health Mission Expert Advisory Panel has developed a Roadmap and Implementation Plan to advise the Minister for Health and Aged Care on the strategic priorities for research investment through the Mission.

The draft Roadmap and Implementation Plan were reviewed by an international panel of experts on 12 November 2020 who provided expert feedback and advice in the context of relevant activities occurring internationally. See the Cardiovascular Health Mission International Review of the Roadmap and Implementation Plan report.

The draft Roadmap and Implementation Plan also underwent a national consultation between 14 December 2020 and 23 April 2021 to seek community feedback on these documents. See the Cardiovascular Health Mission Roadmap and Implementation Plan National Consultation Report

Based on the feedback from the international review panel and the national consultation, changes were made to the final Roadmap and Implementation Plan.

The Roadmap and Implementation Plan for this Mission were published in September 2021 and will be used to develop the Mission’s grant opportunities.

MRFF Cardiovascular Health Mission Roadmap

This Roadmap outlines the aim, vision, goals and priorities for investment for the Cardiovascular Health Mission. The Cardiovascular Health Mission is a Medical Research Future Fund initiative. It supports research to improve cardiovascular health and stroke for all Australians.

MRFF Cardiovascular Health Mission Implementation Plan

This plan supports the implementation of the Cardiovascular Health Mission Roadmap and establishes a strategy to address the mission’s goals.

Appendix A - MRFF Cardiovascular Health Mission projects funded as of July 2021

This is Appendix A to the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Cardiovascular Health Mission Implementation Plan. It identifies Cardiovascular Health Mission projects funded as at July 2021.

Who we work with

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

The Cardiovascular Health Mission Expert Advisory Panel provides advice to the Minister for Health and Aged Care on the strategic priorities for research investment through the Mission by developing a Roadmap and Implementation Plan.

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

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources administer this Mission. 

Apply for funding

View the MRFF grants calendar to see which grants are open, when applications close and when we expect to award funding.

Register with GrantConnect to receive notifications about future funding opportunities under this Mission.

Grants awarded

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.

Contact

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 or newsletter feedback:
HMRO [at] health.gov.au

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Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Contact the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Medical Research Future Fund enquiries
MRFF [at] industry.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: 
29 March 2022