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Innovation Centre Grant Applications Now Open

2022 NSW CVRN-VCCRI Research Innovation Grant

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The 2022 applications for the NSW CVRN-VCCRI Research Innovation Grant have now opened.

This is the second year the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) has partnered with the NSW Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN) to offer this exciting opportunity, which provides early to mid-career researchers (EMCRs) access to the VCCRI Innovation Centre to support short term projects focussed on cardiovascular research.

Proudly supported by the NSW Government, the VCCRI Innovation Centre gives researchers access to state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technologies, as well as expert staff who can assist with everything from project planning through to data analysis and interpretation. The Innovation Centre boasts seven facilities:

Five grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to EMCRs, to be used to access the equipment and expertise of the VCCRI Innovation Centre.

2021 NSW CVRN-VCCRI Research Innovation Grant Winners

  • Chrishan Joseph Nalliah (Macquarie University) - Evaluation of the impact of epicardial adipose tissue on gap junction remodelling in the atrium: predisposition to atrial fibrillation.
  • Seakcheng Lim (Centenary Institute) - Understanding disease mechanisms for targeted drug therapies in catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT).
  • Lining Arnold Ju (University of Sydney) - High throughput mechano-phenotyping of single red blood cells in arterial thrombosis.
  • Zoe Clayton (Westmead Institute for Medical Research) - High-throughput electrophysiological phenotyping and pacemaker current recording of pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocyte sub-populations.
  • Marie Besnier (University of Sydney) - Evaluation of cardiac morphology and texture in Redox Null mice in a transverse aortic constriction model of heart failure.

Learn more about our 2021 winners.


2022 NSW CVRN-VCCRI Research Innovation Grant aims to support the research and careers of early to mid-career cardiovascular researchers by giving them access to the world-class technologies, training and expertise in the VCCRI Innovation Centre



2022 NSW CVRN-VCCRI Research Innovation Grant is open to early to mid-career researchers: 

  • who have been awarded a PhD no more than 10 years prior to the application closing date, unless valid circumstances for career disruption can be demonstrated;
  • whose research is in the field of cardiovascular disease and related conditions;
  • are employed in a NSW-based institute (e.g. university, research organisation, not for profit or LHD); and
  • are CVRN members (membership can be organised prior to the application being lodged – see application form for details).


Eligible projects are projects conducted by early to mid-career researchers which focus on cardiovascular disease. Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Focus on knowledge gaps in cardiovascular health and diseases, particularly in NSW;
  • Would be ready to commence within four months of the grant being awarded;
  • Can be completed within 12 months; and
  • Are likely to lead to tangible outcomes.

Closing Date

12pm (AEDT) on Monday 15 November 2021

How to Apply

  1. Review the 2022 NSW CVRN-VCCRI Research Innovation Grant guidelines and master services agreement, and complete the application form
  2. The application form and attachments are to be submitted by email to:;
  3. Please include CVRN Research Innovation Grant in the subject and body of the email; and
  4. Submit the form by 12pm (AEDT) Monday 15 November 2021.

Applications will be assessed by an independent panel and applicants will be informed of outcomes in mid-December 2021.

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