Research Criteria

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:

  1. What proportion of the CHD community will the research project affect?
  2. How many current or future CHD patients will the project impact?
  3. To what (if any) extent will the project reduce mortality?
  4. What are the likely health benefits for children and teens with CHD?
  5. How will the project have a positive impact on the lives of children and teens with CHD?
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