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Cardiovascular Clinician Scientist Grants

These Grants are being offered as part of the 2018 funding boost to cardiovascular disease research in NSW.

Dr Kara Vine-Perrow in IHMRI laboratories. Photo credit Paul Jones

The NSW Cardiovascular Research Capacity Building Grants Program aims to increase the number of high-quality cardiovascular researchers in NSW and increase the national and international competitiveness of cardiovascular researchers in NSW.

The NSW Cardiovascular Clinician Scientist Grants are aimed at suitably qualified clinicians working in the area of cardiovascular disease within a NSW public health organisation who wish to undertake research.

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A total of $6 million is available for the inaugural funding round. Approximately 60 per cent of this funding will be allocated to biomedical discovery research and 40 per cent to clinical, health services and population health research.

Funds up to $250,000 per year will be offered for the 3-year duration of the grant.

Key dates

Expressions of Interest open 20th September 2018

Expressions of Interest close 14th November 2018

If you are ready to apply, download the Expression of Interest form below.

Before you apply

The NSW Cardiovascular Disease Clinician Scientist Grants Application Guidelines contain further information about the application process, objectives of the grant, eligibility and selection criteria, selection process and reporting requirements.

Knowledge translation resources

Applicants may find the following publication useful in considering knowledge translation activities:

  1. Pozen, H. Kline, Defining success for translational research organizations. Sci. Transl. Med. 3, 94cm20 (2011).

Gannon, Frank. “The Steps from Translatable to Translational Research.” EMBO Reports 15.11 (2014): 1107–1108. PMC. Web. 16 July 2018.

Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence. Milat AJ, Newson R, and King L. Increasing the scale of population health interventions: A guide. Evidence and Evaluation Guidance Series, Population and Public Health Division. Sydney: NSW Ministry of Health, 2014.

Ruppertsberg AI, Ward V, Ridout A, Foy R. The development and application of audit criteria for assessing knowledge exchange plans in health research grant applications. Implementation Science 2014;9:93.

Frequently asked questions

​Answers to a number of frequently asked questions are provided here for potential applicants. Please see the Guideline to Applicants for more detailed information on the requirements of the scheme.


Does the research project have to focus on cardiovascular disease?

Yes. The Clinician Scientist must conduct research in cardiovascular health.

Is the Clinician Scientist required to work in New South Wales to be eligible to apply?

Yes. The Clinician Scientist must reside in or plan to move to NSW.

As a Clinician Scientist employed by a NSW based University, Medical Research Institute or non-government organisation, am I eligible to apply?

Yes, as long as clinical practice is undertaken in a NSW Public Health Organisation (PHO).

A NSW PHO refers to Local Health District’s (LHD), Specialty Health Network’s (SHN), Pillars, Statewide Health Services or Shared Services.

Can one individual apply for funding for more than one project?

No. One expression of interest will be accepted per applicant, per funding scheme.

Does the Clinician Scientist have to be an employee of NSW Health?

The Clinician Scientist must be a NSW PHO employee which includes Local Health District’s (LHD), Specialty Health Network’s (SHN), Pillars, Statewide Health Services or Shared Services.

If the Clinician Scientist is not an employee of a NSW PHO, they must undertake clinical practice in a NSW PHO ie employed by a university or medical research institute.

Is the Clinician Scientist required to have a permanent ongoing position in the Host Organisation?

No. The Clinician Scientist may be a temporary employee of the Host Organisation. The overarching purpose of CVD Clinician Scientist Grants is to drive discoveries with the long term aim of improving wellbeing and health outcomes across NSW. The Clinician Scientist should be employed for the duration of the project.

Does the Clinician Scientist have to be an Australian citizen?

The Clinician Scientist must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or have an appropriate working visa for the full term of the grant. Clinical Scientists who are neither Australian citizens nor permanent residents must provide evidence of residency status and the right to remain in Australia for the duration of the funding period.

As a Clinician scientist looking to undertake research, how will my substantive position be protected?

A letter from the Host Organisation must be submitted when completing the full application outlining the back fill arrangements to ensure the security of the Clinician Scientist’s substantive position.

Host/Research Organisation

Who is the Host Organisation?

The Host Organisation is the Public Health Organisation which employs the Clinician Scientist, or provides an appointment to the clinician scientist and, for those undertaking clinical research, the organisation where the Clinician Scientist will undertake clinical duties.

Does the Host Organisation have to be based in NSW?

Yes. The Host Organisation must be based in NSW

Who is the Research Organisation?

The Research Organisation is the place where the Clinician Scientist will undertake their research activities. It could be a Public Health Organisation, an independent Medical Research Institute, University or not-for-profit organisation.

Does the Research Organisation have to based in NSW?

No. As long as the Host Organisation is based in NSW the Research Organisation is not required to be.

Can the Host Organisation also be the Research Organisation?


If successful, who enters in to the funding agreement?

The Host Organisation will enter in to the funding agreement and deliver funds to the Clinician Scientist.


How much funding is available?

$6 million ($2 million for each year)

What is the maximum amount available per grant?

Up to $250,000 per year, per grant totalling $750,000 for the total grant over 3 years

What can the grant funding be used for?

Cardiovascular Disease Research projects or programs and can cover a combination of salaries of the research team (clinical and/or non-clinical), consumables, and research equipment (including IT). The salary limit is up to 0.6 FTE

Are there restrictions of where funds can be spent?

Yes. Funds must not be spent on capital works, general maintenance costs, organisational infrastructure or overheads, telephone/communication systems, basic office equipment, such as desks and chairs, rent and the cost of utilities.

If successful, can the grant be used for infrastructure support?

No. The Research Organisation must provide the appropriate infrastructure support for the research project, including wet/dry lab space, computer equipment, desk space etc.

If successful in receiving funds from another grant program, can the Clinician Scientist accept both grants?

Yes. Research that leads to high quality applications and results in additional funding will be an expected outcome for successful Clinician Scientist Grant recipients.

Knowledge translation

What is meant by knowledge translation?

Knowledge translation is the exchange of information discovered through research in to a certain area that will benefit others who are likely to use the research findings.

How will the Clinician Scientist maximise knowledge translation?

Early engagement of research and translation partners is advised for meaningful co-production of research. This will most likely generate higher impact research that is directly relevant to clinical, health service and population health in NSW.

What is included in a knowledge translation plan?

A good knowledge translation plan should specify when, how and for what purpose the researchers and knowledge users will meet. This approach should produce research findings that are more likely to be directly relevant to and used by knowledge users. This is intended to inform activities that will raise awareness of the findings or promote implementation at the end of the grant.

Current recipients

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