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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

Project and Seed Funding

Comprehensive research leadership and succession planning necessitates development and support of researchers and clinicians. To that end, the END RHD CRE offers bi-annual rounds of competitive seed and project funding for research projects that support the objectives of the CRE.


  • The funding request must support the objectives of the END RHD CRE.
  • Applications are based primarily on merit. Consideration will also be given to other factors, including preference given to Indigenous applicants and geographic spread of participating jurisdictions.
  • External funding sources are used to complement END RHD CRE funds. Thus all attempts should be made to access external funds as well. Use of CRE funds to leverage external funding will be an advantage.
  • The END RHD CRE Executive Committee decision is final.

Funding criteria for Project and Seed funding

Applications for funding can be for:

  • Seed funding for projects with defined outcomes – up to $15,000 each
  • Projects with defined outcomes


Application submission and review

  • Seed funding rounds will occur once a year, with closing dates in June.
  • Project funding rounds will occur once a year.
  • In exceptional circumstances, applications between rounds may be considered.
  • Applications need to be submitted to the END RHD CRE Program Manager.
  • The Program Manager will acknowledge acceptance of the application for review by issuing an acknowledgement notice by e-mail to the applicant.
  • An accepted application will be reviewed against the assessment criteria by the END RHD CRE Executive Committee.
  • Formal notification will be sent to successful applicants setting out the conditions of the funding, including milestones and reporting requirements.
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit reports as follows:
    • submit annual progress reports
    • annual financial statements of expenditure
    • a final report including a budget acquittal statement
  • A collaboration agreement will need to be in place at the commencement of the project with team members from other organisations/universities.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by the Program Manager.


Applications will be assessed against the NHMRC Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria as follows:

  • Community engagement - the proposal demonstrates how the research and potential outcomes are a priority for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with relevant community engagement by individuals, communities and/or organisations in conceptualisation, development and approval, data collection and management, analysis, report writing and dissemination of results.
  • Benefit - the potential health benefit of the project is demonstrated by addressing an important public health issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This benefit can have a single focus or affect several areas, such as knowledge, finance and policy or quality of life.  The benefit may be direct and immediate or it can be, indirect, gradual and considered.
  • Sustainability and transferability - the proposal demonstrates how the results of the project have the potential to lead to achievable and effective contributions to health gain for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, beyond the life of the project. This may be through sustainability in the project setting and/or transferability to other settings such as evidence-based practice and/or policy. In considering this issue the proposal should address the relationship between costs and benefits.
  • Building capability - the proposal demonstrates how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and researchers will develop relevant capabilities through partnerships and participation in the project.

Applications will also be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Ability to address unmet needs in RHD control in the Australian context
  • Likelihood of securing future competitive grant funding (e.g. by collecting pilot data, developing collaborative links with other leading researchers in Australia or overseas, etc.)
  • Other funding sources approached and/or secured
  • How success will be measured including targets and milestones
  • The criteria outlined in appendix 1


The conditions of the END RHD Centre of Research Excellence Project and seed funding award are as follows:

  • that the END RHD CRE be acknowledged as a source of funding on any publications or other relevant outputs from the funded activity.
  • that you provide an annual report on progress and expenditure. This report must be on the END RHD CRE pro-forma and will be given to the END RHD CRE Executive Committee.
  • that any unspent funds be returned to the CRE at the end of the project.

To download the application form, please click here.