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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.

Reflections of Research

Gillian Gray The Broken HeartOur 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 press.

The entry deadline is Friday 26 December 2014.

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Access to Understanding

Access to UnderstandingThe 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 eLife.

If at first you don't succeed...

Edward and VictoriaA 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 cardiovascular research.

Contact our science communication team  if you'd like to share your research story on our site.

Accelerating Innovation

Open capsuleApplications 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 fill.

The new grant will help bridge this gap, ensuring more early stage cardiovascular research translates into better prevention, diagnosis and treatment in the clinic.
Find out more information about the new BHF Translational Grant and how to apply for funding

How to be a good Chief Investigator

BHF Professor Sir Rory CollinsThe MRC Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research is running a free one-day workshop for new Chief Investigators on funded randomised clinical trials.

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 Service Unit

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.

Women in science

Dr Danielle PaulIn 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."

Talking adipose tissue

Couple having coffee in a cafeThis year's Adipose Tissue Discussion Group Meeting will be held at the Thomas Paine Study Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, on 15th December.

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.

The deadline for abstract submission is 13th October 2014.


Science meets art at Imperial College

Neil DuftonDr Neil Dufton, a BHF-funded researcher, creates art 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.

I want to be in America

Fulbright CommissionApplications 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 winners.

The deadline for applying is 31 October 2014.


Open AccessFrom 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 non-commissioned reviews.

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.


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.

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.