A game changer is an idea, procedure or finding that effects a significant shift in the current way of doing or thinking about something.

The purpose of this award is to raise awareness and the profile of its awardee and their innovative/transformative work over the past 24 months.

By way of example, it could be:

  • an early stage finding
  • a transformative analytical process
  • bringing new technologies or techniques together to create a new way of doing things
  • bringing fields of research together potentially creating a whole new field of inquiry
  • an idea that creates positive ripples/disruption in the research/medical field to which it applies and more

Eligibility criteria

  • The nominee can be any researcher or part of a team of researchers, irrespective of discipline but needs to have relevance to improving cardiovascular health outcomes, whether in the short, medium or long term.
  • This award has a strong focus on contemporary ideas/innovations with the program of work being current in the past 24 months. Early-mid career researchers (EMCRs; 15 years < post-PhD excluding career disruptions) are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The nominee does not have to be an ACvA member


  • The winner must demonstrate their ongoing commitment through championship of the sector and stakeholder engagement.
  • The panel reserves the right to withhold granting the award for the calendar year if it deems nominations did not meet the standard required.
  • The nominee agrees to participate in promotional activities related to the ACvA Excellence in Cardiovascular Research Awards should they be required.

How to nominate

  • A game changer can be nominated by anyone, including by themselves.
  • The nominator/nominee should complete the application form using the link below, noting the requirement for two referees to provide objective evidence of the impact of their work. These can include:
        • Peers
        • Senior scientists/lab heads/research directors
        • Funding bodies (eg NHFA, Stroke Foundation)
        • Industry
        • Government
        • Editors from journals
        • Consumers
  • At least one referee must be from an external organisation separate from the nominee.

Nomination assessment

  • The key criteria will be demonstrating that the idea, procedure or finding did affect a significant shift in the current way of doing or thinking about something and that this is validated in line with the application form.
  • The gamechanger nominations will provided to a review panel who select the award based on the above criteria. 

Applications close on Monday 5th September at 5pm (AEST).

Before applying, we recommend that you read our FAQs HERE