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Cardiovascular Research Capacity Program

Supporting high-quality cardiovascular researchers to increase national and international competitiveness of NSW cardiovascular research.

Key dates

  • 30-OCT

    Applications close

A scientist at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute investigates how to prevent heart attacks

In June 2018, the NSW Government announced a $150 million investment over 10 years into cardiovascular research. NSW’s Cardiovascular Research Capacity Program will fund high quality cardiovascular research in NSW in order to drive scientific discoveries, support the development of novel and innovative therapies, and improve health outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease. In 2018-19, $15 million was awarded to 20 projects.

The NSW Cardiovascular Research Advisory Committee has recommended the introduction of a program of grants to attract elite researchers to NSW, to increase the national and international competitiveness of NSW cardiovascular disease research, build local research capacity, and support a strategic and competitive position for federal research funding. In 2019-20, grants offered will include:

Grant Opening dates Closing dates
Research Leadership Grants 29 Aug 2019 30 Oct 2019
Elite Postdoctoral Researcher Grants 29 Aug 2019 30 Oct 2019
Early Mid-Career Researcher Grants 30 Sep 2019 29 Nov 2019
Senior Researcher Grants 30 Sep 2019 29 Nov 2019
Investigator Development Grants 7 Oct 2019 13 Nov 2019
Synergy Seeding Grants 7 Oct 2019 3 Dec 2019

 

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  • Research Leadership Grants Proposal Template

    DOCX - 66 KB

  • Elite Postdoctoral Research Grants Proposal Template

    DOCX - 66 KB

  • Early Mid Career Application Form

    DOCX - 76 KB

  • Senior Researcher Application Form

    DOCX - 72 KB

  • Investigator Development Grants Application Form

    DOCX - 63 KB

  • Synergy Seeding Grants Application Form

    DOCX - 83 KB

 

Before you apply

About the grants

RESEARCH LEADERSHIP GRANTS

Grant recipients will be world leaders in their research field. Recipients will relocate to NSW for the funding period and lead a high performing team to undertake internationally significant cardiovascular research.

Grants between $500,000 and $1 million per annum will be offered for three to five years, conditional on matched or greater financial contributions from the host and/or partner organisations, and additional non-financial contributions. Recipients must be embedded within a program of work that is an identified and funded priority of the host organisation.

Grants will be open to cardiovascular researchers in biomedical and basic science, clinical research, public and population health, and health services research.

Application and selection process

NSW-based universities, medical research institutes, local health districts and specialty networks will be invited to identify potential applicants and submit a proposal based on published guidelines. There will be up to three advertised assessment dates throughout the year.

An independent expert panel will consider proposals. The first round of proposals will close on 30 October, and be assessed in November 2019. Subsequent rounds will be held if funds are available.

Application Guidelines are available in the Before you apply section.

ELITE POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH GRANTS

These Grants will attract to NSW talented early mid-career researchers who have undertaken a period of postdoctoral research interstate or overseas. An elite postdoctoral researcher will have identified potential to undertake internationally significant research with high impact results and develop a leadership role in their field.

For elite postdoctoral researchers, grants up to $1 million will be offered over three years. While matched funding is not mandatory, financial and non-financial support provided by the host and partner organisations will be taken into account in the application assessment.

Grants will be open to cardiovascular researchers in biomedical and basic science, clinical research, public and population health, and health services research.

Application and selection process

NSW-based universities, medical research institutes, local health districts and specialty networks will be invited to identify potential applicants for the schemes and submit a proposal based on published guidelines. There will be up to three advertised assessment dates throughout the year to ensure an open and transparent process.

An independent expert panel will consider proposals. The first round of proposals will close on 30 October, and be assessed in November 2019. Subsequent rounds will be held if funds are available.

Application Guidelines are available in the Before you apply section.

EARLY-MID CAREER RESEARCHER GRANTS

These Grants will fund researchers who are up to fifteen years post PhD including immediate post-PhD phase.

The majority of Grants offered will be up to $150,000 per year for the three year duration of the grant. A small number of grants up to $250,000 per year for 3 years may be awarded at the discretion of the review panel.

Grants will be open to clinician and non-clinician researchers in biomedical and basic science, clinical research, public and population health, and health services research. Approximately 60 per cent of funding will be allocated to biomedical discovery research and 40 per cent to clinical, health services and population health research.

Grants will fund research projects or programs and can cover a combination of salaries of the research team, backfill for clinicians to quarantine research time, consumables, equipment and other research infrastructure research.

Application and selection process

Applications are to be submitted by the chief investigator with support from the host organisation. Research must be conducted in the NSW health system or affiliated organisation, including a university, medical research institute, and industry partners. An independent panel of experts will review applications.

Selection criteria will include track record, skills and experience of the research team, and quality, feasibility of the proposed research, and the researcher’s plan for skill development during the funded period. Applications will open in September and close in November 2019, with outcomes announced and funding awarded in February/March 2020.

Application Guidelines will be available in the Before you apply section when applications open.

SENIOR RESEARCHER GRANTS

Senior researchers are defined as those who have worked for 15 years or more postdoctoral and/or reached Professorial level. Grants up to $250,000 per year for the 3 year period will be offered.

Grants will be open to clinician and non-clinician researchers in biomedical and basic science, clinical research, public and population health, and health services research. Approximately 60 per cent of funding will be allocated to biomedical discovery research and 40 per cent to clinical, health services and population health research.

Grants will fund research projects or programs and can cover a combination of salaries of the research team, backfill for clinicians to quarantine research time, consumables, equipment and other research infrastructure research.

Application and selection process

Applications are to be submitted by the chief investigator with support from the host organisation. Research must be conducted in the NSW health system or affiliated organisation, including a university, medical research institute, and industry partners. An independent panel of experts will review applications.

Selection criteria will include track record, skills and experience of the research team, and quality and feasibility of the proposed research. Applications will also be assessed on their plan for research leadership and capacity building during the period of funding. Applications will open in September and close in November 2019, with outcomes announced and funding awarded in February/March 2020.

Application Guidelines will be available in the Before you apply section when applications open.

INVESTIGATOR DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

Applications are invited for NSW Health Investigator Development Grants. Grants provide one year of funding for cardiovascular researchers with a NHMRC Investigator Grant 2019 application that scored in the fundable range but did not receive funding, who intent to resubmit the application to the NHMRC during 2020-21.

Up to $100,000 in funding is available to support targeted activities that advance the project to be more competitive in NHMRC funding rounds in 12 months’ time.

Application and selection process

Investigator Development Grants are competitive grants open to Chief Investigators in NSW. Applicants must use the NSW Health Investigator Development Grants Application Form and include supporting evidence including the NHMRC Investigator Grant application and score.

Application Guidelines are available in the Before you apply section.

SYNERGY SEEDING GRANTS

Applications are invited for Synergy Seeding Grants. Grants are available to support the development of high quality applications led by NSW-based cardiovascular researchers for NHMRC Synergy Grants. Seeding Grant recipients will be funded up to $250,000 for 12 months, with NHMRC Synergy Grant applications to be lodged in 12 months’ time.

Grants provide one year of competitive funding to develop a multidisciplinary consortium and undertake initial research, to position the team to attain an NHMRC Synergy Grant in 12 months’ time.

Application and selection process

Synergy Seeding Grants are open to NSW-based Chief Investigators who intend to develop a multidisciplinary collaboration and submit an application for an NHMRC Synergy Grant in 2021-22 (subject to NHMRC timelines). Applications must detail activities that will be undertaken during the 12 month funded period in preparation for applying for an NHMRC Synergy Grant.

Application Guidelines are available in the Before you apply section.

Frequently asked questions

EARLY-MID CAREER RESEARCHER GRANTS

Answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions are provided here for potential applicants. Please see the 2019 Early-Mid-Career Researcher Grants Guidelines for more detailed information.

 

SENIOR RESEARCHER GRANTS

Answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions are provided here for potential applicants. Please see the 2019 Senior Researcher Grants Guidelines for more detailed information.

 

INVESTIGATOR DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

Answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions are provided here for potential applicants. Please see the Investigator Development Grant 2019 Guidelines for more detailed information.

 

SYNERGY SEEDING GRANTS

Answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions are provided here for potential applicants. Please see the Synergy Seeding Grant 2019 Guidelines for more detailed information.

Current and past recipients

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