It is a requirement that a substantial part of any research funded by HeartKids Australia, be conducted in Australia.
Research projects will if successful contribute to at least one of the following objectives:
- Reducing mortality and/or morbidity from childhood heart disease (CHD)
- Reducing the incidence of CHD
- Developing preventative measures to reduce CHD
- Improving early detection of CHD
- Understanding the causes and disease process of CHD
- Gaining a better understanding of the consequences of CHD and its treatment including neurological, cognitive or social impacts on children affected by CHD and how these issues may be addressed
- Improving the quality of life of children affected by CHD.
- Improving the long term management of heart disease that is clinically manifest in childhood.
Research projects should demonstrate each of the following attributes:
- They are feasible within the time and resources to be provided
- They specify milestones that are measureable, and,
- They have clearly defined outcomes.
If shortlisted for funding applicants may be asked to provide HeartKids Australia with their responses to the following questions:
- What proportion of the CHD community will the research project affect?
- How many current or future CHD patients will the project impact?
- To what (if any) extent will the project reduce mortality?
- What are the likely health benefits for children and teens with CHD?
- How will the project have a positive impact on the lives of children and teens with CHD?