Grant opportunity for cardiovascular research using the 45 and Up Study

Are you an early or mid-career researcher who is interested in using the 45 and Up Study to investigate cardiovascular disease?

If so, you could be eligible to apply for one of five 45 and Up Study Cardiovascular Research Grants, each worth up to $65,000.

The Heart Foundation and the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study have partnered to offer access to Study data for up to five short-term cardiovascular disease (CVD) projects led by early and mid-career researchers.  

Applications open Monday, 13 November and close on Friday, 15 December 2023.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for researchers to get experience with big data and generate insightful evidence on cardiovascular health,” said Greer Dawson, Deputy Director of Research & Partnerships at the 45 and Up Study. “Researchers can access more than 15 years of survey data plus data linkages to enable time series analyses, identification of risk factors and much more.”

The Heart Foundation and the 45 and Up Study began offering grants for CVD research in 2020, with seven grant projects currently underway. Research topics include the uptake of heart-protective medicines, the relationship between heart disease and cancer, and health equity issues such as the management of atrial fibrillation in women. 

Dr Matthew Hollings from the University of Sydney said that receiving a 45 and Up Study Cardiovascular Research Grant in 2022 has been pivotal to his career. “I’ve been able to develop new and existing collaborations with world-leading researchers as a result of this award as well as promote early discussions to extend my project over the coming years.”

Data available under the current grant includes 45 and Up Study surveys, the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), as well as data on 45 and Up participant mortality and cause of death.

The 45 and Up Study is one of the largest ongoing cohort studies of healthy ageing in the world, starting in 2005 with over a quarter of a million Australians recruited. All participants consented to have their survey data linked to health records.

Click here for more information on 45 and Up Study Cardiovascular Research Grants, including eligibility, assessment and grant requirements.

Click here to download an application form.