Our Centres of Research Excellence
In 2008 we began a six-year, £34 million,
investment strategy to support four top UK universities as BHF
Centres of Research Excellence.
This scheme aimed to secure the UK’s future as a
world-leading force in heart research - by
attracting the best young scientists into the
field - and encourage innovative approaches in the
fight against heart disease by forging pioneering
partnerships between scientists from different
Thanks to this strategy, by 2014, an additional 150
heart scientists will have been trained. According to a
mid-term review, carried out in 2011, the universities are on track
with 76 scientists in training so far. The funding has also sparked
85 brand new research projects to advance the
fight against heart disease.
Thanks to your donations, UK heart research will bring
life-saving treatments to more people, more quickly.
We fund scientists all over the
UK, use our map to find heart
research near you.
The Centres and their funding
Key aims of the centres
This investment, together with the
researchers’ drive and commitment will ensure each Centre achieves
three main aims:
- To jump-start innovative research projects and
support inspirational ideas
- To seek out and train the very best young
doctors and scientists to become the next generation of heart
- To foster pioneering research partnerships
between heart scientists and other specialists, such as engineers
and mathematicians, to gain brand new insight and ideas to tackle
This unique initiative will
provide the roots from which the next generation of world-leading
heart researchers will grow.