What we fund

Researcher with test tube - British Heart FoundationWe provide personal support for non-clinical and clinical cardiovascular researchers at all stages of their career.

We also provide grants for short and long term research projects, essential infrastructure and strategic initiatives.

For more information and for specific grant guidelines, please select the relevant grant type from the list below.

Grant types

Project Grant
For research projects lasting up to 3 years and costing less than £300,000.

Special Project Grant
For research projects costing more than £300,000 (except clinical studies).

Programme Grant
For long term support on a 5 year rolling basis.

Clinical Study Grant 
For clinical trials and other clinical studies costing more than £300,000.

Personal Chair
BHF Professors appointed to recognised UK centres of excellence should bring research leadership at an internationally competitive level and a commitment to training future cardiovascular scientists.  

New Horizons Grant
To encourage participation in cardiovascular research by scientists from outside traditional cardiovascular biology, and to bring novel expertise to the field. 

Infrastructure Grant
To fund essential infrastructure to support cardiovascular research in an academic institution.

Strategic Initiative
To fund strategic capital needs or a strategic appointment.

Translational Grant
To support the pre-clinical development of new cardiovascular medicines and technologies so that they are attractive for follow-on funding.



Non-clinical PhD Studentship
To provide a foundation training in research.

Advanced Training Award
To provide researchers with an opportunity to re-train and gain additional expertise within one to three years of submitting a PhD. Candidates must be moving into a different field of science or entering cardiovascular science from a different discipline.

Immediate Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Fellowship
To provide an opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent cardiovascular research careers in an established institution in the UK.

Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowship
To fund talented individuals hoping to become research leaders.

Career Re-entry Research Fellowship
To provide an opportunity to re-establish a career in cardiovascular science after a break of more than 2 years.

Senior Basic Science Research Fellowship
To fund outstanding individuals who are expected to reach Readership or Chair level within 5 years.


MBPhD Studentship
To allow talented medical students to complete a PhD before the end of their medical degree; restricted to UK institutions that have recognised MBPhD programmes.

Clinical Research Training Fellowship
To provide a training in research after Foundation Year 2 and before consultant status (CCT).

Intermediate Clinical Research Fellowship
To fund individuals with an established research record who intend to become leaders in academic medical research. The individual may progress to consultant level during the fellowship. 

Clinical Research Leave Fellowship
To allow NHS consultants with a recent research record to carry out research in a recognised UK centre of excellence in cardiovascular medicine.

Senior Clinical Research Fellowship
To fund outstanding individuals who are expected to reach Readership or Chair level within 10 years.

Other funding schemes

Starter Grant for Clinical Lecturer
To provide start up funds to allow Clinical Lecturers to pursue cardiovascular research.

Travel Fellowship
To fund a visit by an experienced researcher to a distinguished laboratory abroad, either for a short period to acquire specialist expertise, or for a longer period to carry out research that cannot be done in the UK.

Small Meeting Fund
Up to £3,000 towards the support of small meetings in the UK on focused areas of cardiovascular science.