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Check the noticeboard regularly to find out about upcoming events and opportunities for the cardiovascular research community.

If you have any jobs, symposia, awards or anything else that you would like to advertise here, please contact us.

ScientistSpring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training

26 February 2015, 09:45 – 18:00

Royal College of Physicians, London

The Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training, run by the Academy of Medical Sciences, is a unique cross specialty event designed to bring clinical academic trainees together to present their work and network with senior scientists in a supportive and nurturing environment.

The meeting combines oral and poster competitions with inspiring talks from senior scientists. There are ample networking opportunities which are a superb chance for budding clinical academics to get noticed.

The deadline for abstract submissions for all competitions is Friday 5 September 2014, 17:00.

Woman and man having a office meetingWhat do research staff do next?

Do you know any former researchers?

Vitae is working with Naturejobs to find out what research staff do after leaving academic research. They are surveying former research staff as part of this project.

Please share this flyer with friends and former colleagues who used to work in research to ask them to do the survey. The results will provide an invaluable insight into potential employment opportunities for researchers who are considering moving out of higher education.

Let's get clinical

ScientistsThe deadline for applying for the Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers scheme is coming up in September. Have you thought about applying? 

The Scheme provides modest 'starter' funds to enable research-active Clinical Lecturers to pursue their research work, gather preliminary data and so further strengthen their applications for longer-term fellowships and funding. We're part of the consortium that supports the scheme through the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Two rounds of funding are held each year, with application deadlines every March and September.

The current round is now open for applications and closes on Monday 1st September.

Oppor-tuna-ty to learn how to use Researchfish 

Zebra fishResearchfish will be running workshops in how to use the system at universities around the country in October. Sign up by 5th September to take advantage of these useful sessions.

Each workshop will be a demonstration of the researcher interface and how to add and submit information. There will also be a Q&A session in each group.

If you would like to attend one of these workshops, please email You can also contact them if you have any questions or suggestions for improving the system.

ESC takeover

Dr Sarah Hsiao

BHF-funded researcher Dr Sarah Hsiao at the University of Sheffield has won the Young Investigator Award at this year's European Society for Cardiology (ESC) conference. Sarah's presentation on promoting healing in stented arteries impressed the judges at the meeting held in Barcelona this July.  

Sarah (pictured with Professor Paul Evans) said on winning the award: “It was a real honour to receive this prize from the ESC. The next challenge for me will be to test whether the compound identified during my studies can benefit patients undergoing stent treatments”

Professor Barbara CasadeiBHF Professor Barbara Casadei has also been honoured at this year's meeting where she was elected as Vice President of the ESC.This is one of the highest honours in cardiology, and recognises the 20 years Professor Casadei has spent at the top of cardiovascular science.

BCS 2014: A Manc-union

BHF Professor Sir Rory Collins and BCS President Iain SimpsonIn June cardiovascular researchers and healthcare professionals from around the UK attended the annual British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Conference in Manchester. The theme was ‘Tomorrow’s World’ and many sessions looked at the future of cardiovascular science and medicine.

BHF-funded researchers were among the award winners including BHF Professor Sir Rory Collins who received the BCS' prestigious Mackenze Medal for his outstanding contribution to British cardiology.

Team BHF

Rosanna Ogden articleAs a BHF-funded researcher, you are a vital member of Team BHF. This year's Annual Review tells some of the stories of the thousands of people who make up Team BHF, and celebrates their inspirational contributions.

As well as featuring researcher Dr Amer Rana, the 2013 Annual Review also includes the stories of survivors like little Rosanna Ogden (right) who, despite being born with a tumour in her heart, has managed to raise over half a million pounds for the BHF.

Read all about Dr Rana and Rosanna in our special online Annual Review

We're going for gold

Life-saving science symbol articleWe support Gold Open Access. This involves the immediate deposition of the final published version of your primary research article into Europe PubMed Central.

It's important you go for gold’ wherever possible when publishing your research.

If this option isn’t available, your article should still be made freely available in Europe PMC within six months of publication. If the journal offers a service to deposit your article in Europe PMC, you should choose this option. If not, you'll need to self-archive.

Immediate Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Paola Caruso - Immediate Postdoctoral FellowDr Paola Caruso is the first young researcher to be awarded a prestigious Immediate Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Fellowship. Paola’s project will be based in BHF Professor Nick Morrell’s laboratory, where she’ll be investigating the role of microRNAs in the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Paola impressed the committee with her outstanding track record, her adventurous programme of work and her passion for scientific endeavour.

Centres for Regenerative Medicine

Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine

As part of our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, we’ve committed to fund three Centres of Regenerative Medicine at a total cost of £7.5m. Each centre is a close collaboration between scientists at leading universities in the study of cardiovascular regeneration.

We announced the new awards in collaboration with the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP), which has funded three new research ‘hubs’ in regenerative medicine across the UK.

New online reporting tool for evaluating outputs of our research

It’s crucial for us to capture the outcomes of the research we fund, not least to communicate the benefits of our research to supporters.

But we know that reporting outcomes to a host of different funding agencies is burdensome. So, we’ve launched Researchfish - a survey database that will allow you to upload outcome data about your research to multiple funders easily and quickly.

Here’s what you’ll have to do:

You will automatically receive an email from Researchfish asking you to register. You then need to:

  • Register and start building your profile and research portfolio
  • Keep your portfolio updated throughout the year
  • Submit this information to us once yearly.

Please see our web page for further information on Researchfish.

Researchfish has organised training sessions in the form of webinars for researchers. For further information and registration please visit the Researchfish webpage.

Online grant applications

All grant applications, except for Personal Chairs, Infrastructure Grants, Strategic Initiatives and Small Meeting Funds, must now be submitted using our Grants Management System (GMS).

What is GMS?

GMS is a web based application and review process for Fellowship, Project, Programme, Special Project and New Horizons grants.

How do I register?

New users will need to register on GMS before they submit an application. If you are already registered, sign in with your email address and password and update your profile if necessary.

How do I apply for a grant online?

Please begin by reading our how to apply instructions.

When you’re ready to apply, open the online application form

Use the GMS User Guide to help you complete all the sections of the online application form.

The following people will need to register to apply for and review most grants:

  • Grant applicants and co-applicants
  • Heads of department
  • Institutions' administrative authorities
  • Grant reviewers.

Is your research about to be published?

We always like to know when a paper from BHF-funded research is going to be published. Please let us know by email or call 020 7554 0188.