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?

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. Public consultation on the Roadmap and Implementation Plan was undertaken between 14 December 2020 and 23 April 2021. Submissions through the consultation will be used to inform any further development of the Roadmap and Implementation Plan by the Expert Advisory Panel.

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) and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources administer this mission. 

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Upcoming grants

There are currently no upcoming grant opportunities.

Open grant rounds

There are currently no open grant opportunities.

Grants being assessed

We are currently assessing applications received under the 2020 Cardiovascular Health opportunity.

Grants awarded

We have awarded or announced the following grants under this initiative, as at 25 March 2021.

Funded Institution

Project Name

Chief Investigator/s

Total Funding

Queensland University of Technology

CHD LIFE+ family-centred care models supporting long-term neurodevelopment

Professor Steven McPhail


The University of Adelaide

Maternal exposures, congenital heart defects, and child development

Professor Michael Davies


The University of Queensland

Gene Expression to Predict Long-Term Outcome in Infants After Heart Surgery

Associate Professor Luregn Schlapbach


University of Sydney

An Australian Study of the Outcomes and Burden of Congenital Heart Disease

Professor David Selermajer


University of Sydney

Congenital Heart Fitness Intervention Trial: CH-FIT

Doctor Rachel Cordina


University of Sydney

Personalised Pulmonary Valved Conduits: reducing re-operations in CHD

Professor Fariba Dehghani


National Heart Foundation of Australia

2020 Strategic Research Grants

Not applicable


National Stroke Foundation

The Australian Paediatric Acute Code Stroke (PACS) study

Not applicable


Monash University

Using Polygenic Risk Scores to Target Statin Therapy in Primary Prevention

Professor Stephen Nicholls


University of Melbourne

A randomised controlled trial of ultra-early, minimally invasive surgery for intracerebral haemorrhage (EVACUATE)

Professor Bruce Campbell


University of New South Wales

Novel deep learning methods for large-scale cardiovascular risk screening using Australian digital health data

Professor Louisa Jorm


University of New South Wales

Total Cardiac Care - STROKE: A randomised controlled trial of a comprehensive smartphone application-centric model of care to improve outcomes in stroke patients

Professor Ken Butcher


University of New South Wales

The SaltSwitch Online Grocery Shopping (OGS) Trial: A Novel Method for Reducing Blood Pressure among Individuals with Hypertension

Associate Professor Jason Wu


University of Sydney

Colchicine After Stroke to Prevent Event Recurrence (CASPER) Study

Professor Anthony Keech




Related information

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.


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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
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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.

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Last updated: 
28 April 2021