Check the noticeboard regularly to find
out about upcoming events and opportunities for the cardiovascular
If you have any jobs, symposia, awards or anything else that you
would like to advertise here, please contact us.
Reflections of Research
Our annual researcher competition is back.
Submit your best BHF-funded research image for your chance to
win two tickets to our celebrity ball
Roll Out the Red.
The best images will be displayed and auctioned at the Roll Out the
Red Ball in February, as well as featured in the national
The entry deadline is Friday 26 December 2014.
Access to Understanding
The Access to
Understanding writing competition, brought to you by the
British Library, eLife and Europe PMC, aims to make
science more accessible by encouraging early-career scientists to
write clear, concise and balanced summaries of selected
research papers for non-specialists.
First prize is an iPad and the entry will be published in
The competition is now
open and the deadline for entries is 9 December
If at first you don't succeed...
A group of scientists, part funded by us, have recently
discovered that simple chemicals can limit
organ damage after heart attack and stroke.
Dr Edward Chouchani and Victoria Pell from the team have written
a blog on what it's like to work in
Contact our science communication
team if you'd like to share your research story on
Applications are now open for the new BHF Translational Grant aimed at supporting
pre-clinical development of novel
cardiovascular medicines and technologies.
Translation from bench to bedside takes a long time, costs a lot of
money and has a high rate of failure. Traditionally, pharmaceutical
companies have funded the entire process in-house, although
increasingly they are seeking to license or ‘buy-in’ and develop
later stage technologies that are deemed less risky with a higher
probability of success. This has left a funding gap at the earlier
stages of development that charities and other ventures need to
The new grant will help bridge this gap, ensuring more early stage
cardiovascular research translates into better prevention,
diagnosis and treatment in the clinic.
out more information about the new BHF Translational Grant and
how to apply for funding.
How to be a good Chief Investigator
MRC Network of Hubs for
Trials Methodology Research is running a free one-day workshop
for new Chief Investigators on funded randomised clinical
The workshop will include talks from clinical trial units,
funders of clinical trials and trial methodologists. The plenary
speaker is BHF Professor Sir Rory
Collins from the University of Oxford Clinical Trial
This workshop is free to shortlisted applicants, and a
contribution to travel costs will be available for delegates. But
spaces are limited.
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 24 November 2014.
Download the flyer to find out
more about the workshop and how to apply.
Women in science
In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, October 14, we gave
the public a chance to ask Dr Danielle
Paul, a researcher from the University of Bristol, about
her career, BHF funding and women in science.
Danielle highlights how gender bias does still exist in science,
however states flexible funding
opportunities and career re-entry
research fellowships, such as those offered by the BHF,
are closing the gap.
"Funding bodies could offer more career-break schemes for
academics who want to take time out to have children or otherwise.
The BHF offer exactly this in the form of a career re-entry research fellowship."
full response to your questions
Find out more about
our Career Re-entry Research Fellowships
Talking adipose tissue
This year's Adipose
Tissue Discussion Group Meeting will be held at the Thomas
Paine Study Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, on 15th
ATDG is an annual meeting for adipose tissue, obesity and
diabetes researchers based in the UK, ranging from PhD students to
PIs to clinician scientists, working on different types of research
from molecular biology to clinical studies.
The organisers have lined up internationally-renowned speakers
to deliver talks on the cutting edge of metabolic disease research,
such as the roles of growth hormone and adipose tissue matrix in
obesity, and the current thinking around short chain fatty acids in
adipose tissue metabolism.
To register and to submit an abstract,
the organisers' website, or email ATDG@nnuh.nhs.uk
The deadline for abstract submission is 13th October 2014.
Download the flyer for more
information and share it with colleagues.
Science meets art at Imperial College
Dr Neil Dufton, a BHF-funded researcher,
inspired by his work in the Vascular Science department at the
NHLI. From October until
June 2015 some of his pieces will be displayed in Imperial's
Sherfield Building as part of his first ever exhibition.
The exhibition opens on Thursday 16 October with a reception
event which is open to all.
Find out more about the exhibition and the launch reception
I want to be in America
Applications are now open for our new
Fulbright - British Heart Foundation Scholar Award. The
successful applicant will receive a grant to carry out research in
the USA in 2015-16.
This exclusive and prestigious award will cover the
successful applicant's salary for the duration of the grant.
Alongside other benefits, the award holder will join an impressive
group of Fulbright alumni including Pulitzer and Nobel Prize
The deadline for applying is 31 October 2014.
Find out more about the Award and share this flyer
Apply to become a Fulbright - British Heart Foundation Scholar
From 1st October, the BHF will contribute to the
Charities Open Access Fund
(COAF), a fund to provide financial support for immediate
“gold” open access of peer reviewed original research articles and
Researchers must be based at one of the
36 universities involved in the scheme and the fund will take
the form of a block grant to each institution. The scheme is a
partnership between 6 UK medical research charities and will be
administered by the Wellcome Trust.
For researchers not based at one of the institutions, our usual
processes remain in place.
Find out more about
Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in
26 February 2015, 09:45 – 18:00
Royal College of Physicians, London
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
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.
See the Academy’s website for more details
What 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.
the flyer here
Let's get clinical
The 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.
Find out more and apply
Oppor-tuna-ty to learn how to use Researchfish
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact them if you have any questions or suggestions
for improving the system.
Find your nearest
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
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
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
Find out more about
Professor Casadei's pioneering research career
BCS 2014: A Manc-union
In 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.
Take a look at some
of the highlights from this year's conference.
New online reporting tool for evaluating outputs of our
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
- 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
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
What is GMS?
GMS is a web based application and review
process for Fellowship, Project, Programme, Special Project and New
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
Use the GMS User
Guide to help you complete all the sections of the online
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