New Horizons Grant

To encourage scientists from outside traditional cardiovascular biology to engage in cardiovascular research and bring novel expertise to the field. 

Examples of such collaborations would include cooperatives between biologists and engineers, physicists, mathematicians etc. A New Horizons Grant could be a prelude to a future Programme Grant.

Entry requirements

  • The principal investigator will be a senior researcher working in an established research institution in the UK. He/she must have a strong track record of project grant support and an internationally recognised research profile.
  • The proposed research plan must be imaginative but remain focused.

Grant duration and maximum award

  • Up to £300,000 and up to 3 years' duration.

Award may include

  • Staff salaries. For example: technician; research assistant; postdoctoral salaries. This excludes PhD studentships. 
  • Research consumables directly attributable to the project.
  • Research equipment essential for the project.

How to apply

Preliminary outline proposal

Prospective applicants must have submitted a preliminary outline at least 18 months before the expected start date and received our approval to submit a full application.

Full applications will not be considered without our prior approval to submit. In order to decide whether it is appropriate to apply, please complete the online preliminary application form following the instructions in the GMS User Guide.

Additional information

You will be asked to attach a single PDF document to your online application form containing the following information:

Additional information checklist

  1. Name, Department and Institute for each co-applicant (maximum of 10 co-applicants allowed).
  2. Background to your proposal.
  3. Research proposals for the next 3 years, including objectives and the main methods to be used to tackle the research aims.
  4. Your objectives in the longer term.
  5. Summary of expected costs.
  6. Relevant current and recent grants held by Principal Investigator and Co-applicants.
  7. List of the Principal Investigator's and Co-applicant(s) relevant publications.

Sections 1-5 must not exceed 3 A4 sides.

Please ensure Arial font size 12 is used. If this font size is not used, the application will be rejected prior to formal consideration.

Outline proposals should be submitted at least 18 months before the expected start date of any award.  Allow 1 month for outline to be considered.

Full applications

Once a preliminary application is approved you will be able to complete a full online application form following the instructions in the GMS User Guide.

Additional information

You will be asked to attach a single PDF document to your online application form containing the following information

Additional information checklist

  1. For resubmissions, include previous feedback and provide a detailed response explaining how the revised application has changed from the original submission.
  2. Abstract of the proposed investigation in less than 150 words.

  3. Background to the project and pilot data.

  4. Original hypothesis.
  5. Experimental details and design of proposed investigation.
  6. Power calculations. 

  7. Expected value of results.
  8. List of references relevant to the proposed project.
  9. List of Principal Investigator's and Co-applicant(s) relevant publications.
  10. Additional pages for appendices (e.g. charts, graphs, photos); must be kept to a minimum and should be submitted only if essential to the understanding of the application.
  11. Brief CV (2 A4 sides including email address) of named staff for whom salary is requested.
  12. Supporting letters from collaborators.
  13. Quotes obtained for requested equipment.
  14. Valid copy of ethical approval if relevant.

Sections 2-7 must not exceed 10 A4 sides. The PDF file size must not exceed 20 MB.

Please ensure Arial font size 12 is used. If this font size is not used, the application will be rejected prior to formal consideration. 

Decision process

There are no closing dates. Please submit the application when it is ready.

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 24 hours and we will advise you when you can expect the result. A decision will be reached by the Chairs and programme grants committee (4 meetings a year) after it has considered external peer review reports.

Since New Horizons grants are rarely awarded without revision, the application should be submitted 12 months before the expected start date.

Apply online