CV Champions Program

CV Champions Program, an initiative by the ACvA Emerging Leaders Committee, is a year-long program that will provide advanced communication skills to emerging CV researchers to equip them with the tools to actively and effectively engage with policy makers, the general public and the scientific community. The program will incur no cost to the selected CV Champions. 

The CV Champions will attend a monthly online workshop, where they will learn about storytelling, audience, social media, pitching, and consumer engagement, amongst others. These will be facilitated by Dr Hannah Brown from the Victorian Heart Institute, a science communication specialist, and will give our CV Champions the confidence to communicate with impact to wide and diverse audiences. Our CV Champions will participate in mainstream media appearances, speaking engagements at public, corporate or Government events, and engage with the public, media and scientific community on social media. Each CV Champion will be expected to maintain an active, professionally focused social media account (e.g. Twitter). Our CV Champions will also be assigned a senior engagement and communication mentor, and as a sign of their emerging leadership, provide mentorship to more junior CV researchers.

Further information on the program can be found HERE.


  • At the time of application, be enrolled in a PhD or <15 years post-PhD (excluding career interruptions) and based in Australia
  • Be involved in any area of cardiovascular research including biomedical, clinical and public health
  • Must remain actively involved in cardiovascular research for the duration of the program
  • Preference will be given to those who are ACvA members

1 year

When can you apply?
Applications for 2020 are now CLOSED.

Application process
Applications will be judged by a panel of at least five members. The panel consists of a member from both the ACvA Executive and Emerging Leader Committees and three persons involved in science communication or policy.

Applicants will be informed via email of the outcome of their application in mid-September 2020. The program will commence in October 2020.

This will be a one-year program during which time participants will:

  • Participate in monthly online communication training sessions (first Wednesday of the month 12:00-1:30pm AEST/AEDT) with Dr Hannah Brown. Examples of topics covered include ‘Becoming an online influencer’, ‘Public Speaking and Storytelling’, ‘Media Training and Engagement’ and ‘Communicating with Influence’. The program will be tailored to our CV Champions.
  • Be provided with opportunities to engage with leaders in the CVD research field, decision makers, the general public and the scientific community.
  • Participate in virtual and/or in person speaking engagements, marketing and media opportunities (including mainstream media interviews and ACvA-organised public forums).
  • Be mentored by a world-leading Australian CVD researcher and a science communicator.
  • Mentor a future CVD research star (Third-year PhD student/First-year post-PhD level).

The participants are expected to provide ongoing evidence of their engagement efforts.

The CV Champions Program will run from October 2020 to September 2021. The time commitment for the CV Champions Program will be approximately 1 day per month depending on the number of activities (for example, online communication training session, networking events, mentee/mentor meetings, speaking commitments etc).

By applying the applicant confirms that:

  • They are willing to participate in the monthly workshops (held on the first Wednesday of the month 12:00-1:30pm AEST/AEDT). Recordings will be available for those who cannot attend.
  • They agree to the monthly time commitment (approx. 1 day per month) for the CV Champions Program.
  • They have support from their supervisor to participate in the CV Champions Program (a letter of support must be provided at the time of application).
  • They agree to attend and participate in virtual and/or in person ACvA subsidised conferences or networking events around Australia. The applicant is responsible for any transport or accommodation costs incurred.
  • They acknowledge that they will have the opportunity to join the ACvA Emerging Leader Committee at the conclusion of the CV Champions Program.

To apply:
Submit your application here with the following details:

  • Provide a short (<250 words) biography and a photo.
  • Answer 4 short answer questions (100-word limit per question):

1- What do you hope to achieve by being part of the CV Champions program?

2- What is your commitment to championing for cardiovascular research? Give examples of how you have championed CV research in the past and how you intend to embed these activities with your research schedule.

3- What skills and/or experience do you have that makes you a CV Champion?

4- What skills would you like to learn from this program and what is your target audience? (This information will help us tailor the program)

  • Provide a letter of support from your lab/department/institution head specifically stating that they agree to you participating in the CV Champions Program from October 2020 to September 2021, they understand the monthly time commitment involved.
  • Using your smart phone or similar device, record a 60-second video which introduces you and your research using language that is understandable by the general public. For example, please refrain from using scientific jargon or wording and instead use generic terms like high blood pressure for hypertension and molecule in place of naming the specific hormone that you work on. Videos can be uploaded to here.

More information
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