Almost $30 million in federal funding will be used to support medical research into the nation's two biggest killers, heart disease and stroke.
It's the first money to flow from a 10-year, $220 million program under the Medical Research Future Fund's Cardiovascular Health Mission.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the $29 million, which is going to seven universities in four states, will support "our best and brightest researchers to make game-changing discoveries".
Six projects will share $11 million for research that focusses on ways to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.
Another $18 million will go to six projects aimed at reducing the impact of congenital heart disease.
Each year, one in five Australians are affected by heart disease and stroke, the government said.
One Australian dies of cardiovascular disease every 12 minutes and one Australian experiences a heart attack or stroke every five minutes.
And it's estimated that each year in Australia 2,400 babies are affected with congenital heart disease.
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