Innovation Centre Grants

Innovation Centre Grant Applications Now Closed

2022 NSW CVRN-VCCRI Research Innovation Grant

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

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.

2022 NSW CVRN-VCCRI Research Innovation Grant Winners

  • Dr Daniel Beard (University of Newcastle) - Investigating the role of pericytes in leptomeningeal collateral vessel function
  • Dr Kayleigh Bozon (Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute) - Longitudinal analysis of NAD deficiency over gestation to determine how timing dictates malformation type and severity
  • Dr Jaesung Peter Choi (Centenary Institute) - Elucidating the role of the microbiome in cerebral cavernous malformation induced stroke
  • Dr Kirsten Coupland (University of Newcastle) - Mapping temporal changes in cerebrospinal fluid composition after stroke for future drug discovery
  • Dr Pierre Qian (Westmead Applied Research Centre) - Mechanisms underlying therapeutic effects of ionizing radiation on cardiomyocyte arrhythmias

Learn more about our 2022 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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Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Gadigal of the Eora nation, on which we meet, work, and discover.
Our Western Australian laboratories pay their respect to the Whadjuk Noongar who remain as the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land.