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Application criteria

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The call for first stage applications opens in late 2018 - you will have a six month window to submit an outline of your idea. 

Right now you can register your interest in applying and use the criteria to start to think about your application.

If you have any questions please read the FAQs or get in touch at [email protected].

We'll be looking for project proposals which offer: 


The Big Beat Challenge is intended to transform the cardiovascular research landscape. We want bold, innovative solutions that move beyond incremental gains. While scientific and technical rigour will always be paramount, we want ideas that are extraordinary, even radical.

Patient relevance

The end point does not need to be clinical impact within the proposed time frame, but we want to see a clear route to patient benefit, that is as comprehensible to the general public as it is to patients, healthcare professionals and researchers.

Without borders or boundaries

Teams must be highly collaborative, mobilising new sources of knowledge, skill and resource from multiple disciplines, sectors and countries.

Scope and scale

We want to see ideas that would not be possible without an international, multi-disciplinary approach and without funding on this scale.


All projects must have structured project management with clear goals and milestones.


Your idea could change the world and we think people will want to know about it. A willingness to share updates and engage with our supporters is essential. 


More detailed criteria will be published when we open for applications later in the year. If you've still got questions our frequently asked questions page may help. 

Register your interest in the Big Beat Challenge

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