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Find out about upcoming events and opportunities for the cardiovascular research community.

Email us at [email protected] if you have:

  • Jobs
  • Symposia
  • Awards
Or anything else you would like to advertise here. Also, make sure you email us if you have a paper that is about to published or call 020 7554 0164 and ask for the Research Communications team. Keep up with the latest news about our research funding by signing up to our email newsletter for researchers.


BHF-Turing Cardiovascular Data Science Awards

The BHF and the Alan Turing Institute will launch a second call for applications for jointly funded Data Science Cardiovascular Awards in January 2019. The joint funding scheme aims to support genuine collaborative research between cardiovascular investigators and data scientists in areas such as data access, privacy and anonymisation, machine learning, image analysis and modelling.

To support the call a collaboration building workshop will also be held on 25 February 2019 at the Turing Institute, London. You can visit our web page for more information on the scheme and the upcoming workshop.

You can also register here for updates on the call for applications and the workshop. 

BHF announces two new Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

The BHF is pleased to announce two new Fellowship schemes for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, which will commence in 2019. Applications for both schemes will open in early 2019, and you can follow the links below for more information.
Research Training Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health ProfessionalsThe Research Training Fellowship aims to provide a foundation in research training for nurses and allied health professionals, leading to the award of a PhD.

Career Development Research Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health ProfessionalsThe Career Development Fellowship provides an opportunity for someone with an established research record to receive support to progress and become a leader in academic nursing or allied health research.

Job Opportunity - BHF Clinical Research Collaborative

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is establishing a National Cardiovascular Clinical Research Collaborative (BHF-CRC) to support the conduct of excellent clinical research in cardiovascular medicine and surgery in the UK. The network will provide an infrastructure to facilitate, enhance and coordinate the current clinical research efforts of existing cardiovascular and surgical societies and clinical study groups, all of which have pledged their support and many of which are supported by patient groups. We are seeking to appoint a full-time Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the BHF-CRC. 

Find out more here 

DZHK Conference on Translational Medicine

The 2nd DZHK Conference on Translational Medicine will be held in Berlin on January 09-10, 2019, and the theme is “Paving the Way to New Therapies”. The program covers science admin, regulatory, industry, new technologies, tra

nslators, translational DZHK projects, biotech, and path to discovery.

The deadline for registration is the 30th November, 2018.     

Find out more here

ESC Award Winners

Congratulations to the BHF-funded researchers who won awards at the ESC Congress this year. BHF-funded researchers won awards in several prestigious categories, including:
Young Investigators Awards (Dr Timothy Cartlidge, Dr Evangelos K Oikonomou, Dr Ioannis Akoumianakis)
Moderated Posters Awards (Dr Ify Mordi)

BHF Professor David Newby was also invited to give the ESC Rene Laennec Lecture on Clinical Cardiology – his title was ‘Cardiovascular imaging for the future: it’s chalk and cheese’.

You can read more about the awards here.

Horizon 2020 

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has launched a bespoke portal for recipients of Horizon 2020 grants to input basic information about their awards. This aims to support the continuity of funding for UK organisations which have been awarded grants from the European Union’s flagship science and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. Registration will ensure that UKRI can keep UK researchers and businesses informed of the next steps if the government needs to underwrite these payments.

You can access the portal and find out more information here.

Clinical Study Grants and Excess Treatment Costs

The way Excess Treatment Costs (ETCs) are being paid is changing. As part of a pilot by the Department of Health to test these changes, researchers applying for HRA approval for clinical research studies taking place in England will need to complete a new form known as a Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Template (SoECAT) to attribute ETCs and the other costs of clinical research correctly. The SoECAT will need to be signed off by an NIHR AcoRD specialist before submission to the HRA. This will be a pre-requisite for the study to be eligible for the NIHR portfolio and to access the support portfolio adoption provides. 

If you are submitting a full application to the BHF for a Clinical Study Grant to support a study taking place in England, you will need to submit the signed off SoECAT to the BHF as part of your application. You can submit the completed and signed off SoECAT to Carolyn Mill by email ([email protected]) alongside your online Clinical Study Grant full submission.  

You can find out more about the new processes to pay ETCs here

The BHF appoints new Associate Medical Director

Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan (second from left)The BHF is delighted to announce that Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan has been appointed as a new Associate Medical Director. Dr Babu-Narayan currently holds a BHF Intermediate Clinical Research Fellowship, and is Clinical Senior Lecturer at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital. She is internationally recognised for her research to improve the care and quality of life of adults who were born with heart defects (adults with congenital heart disease). Associate Medical Directors provide leadership and strategic direction to the vital research mission of the BHF, helping to ensure every pound donated is used to support research with the potential to make the maximum impact for those affected by heart and circulatory diseases. Dr Babu-Narayan will particularly oversee the BHF’s clinical research portfolio.

Read more here

Digital Innovation Hubs “Sprint Exemplar Innovation Projects” – call for applicants

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Health Data Research UK has launched a £3M competition for the Digital Innovation Hub “Sprint Exemplar Innovation Projects”.  Projects are sought from academic, NHS and industry consortia that demonstrate real world examples of using health data in a trustworthy way to improve health and drive innovation across the UK.  The purpose is to establish “confidence in concept” of the Digital Innovation Hub Programme technology solutions, and proof of readiness for research that will make game-changing improvements in the health of patients and populations and accelerate innovation in UK life sciences.

The closing date for applications is 9am on 7 December 2018.

Follow this link for more information

BMA Foundation for Medical Research Grants

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The BMA Foundation for Medical Research awards research grants each year (totalling approximately £700,000) to encourage and further medical research in a variety of areas. One of these grants, the Josephine Lansdell, is to assist research into the field of heart disease. They are inviting applications from registered medical practitioners in the UK that are a member of the BMA. Applications can be for either research in progress or prospective research. 

Online applications will open 1 January and close on 1 March 2019.

Follow this link for more information

Stroke funding call

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The Medical Research Foundation has announced £1.5 million funding for research on stroke in young adults.

Applications for up to £300,000 are welcomed from UK-based researchers who are seeking to make a transition to research independence. Funding may support research that will increase understanding of the disease mechanisms underpinning stroke in young adults, identify risk factors specifically linked to stroke in this age group, and improve diagnosis, treatment and post stroke-recovery in young adults.

Applications deadline: 12pm Monday 15 October 2018

The funding competition is now open and details can be found on the Medical Research Foundation website

NHS Innovation Accelerator – call for applicants

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), is a national accelerator supporting dedicated individuals to scale their high impact, evidence-based innovations across the NHS and wider healthcare system.

As part of an annual international call, the NIA invites applications from exceptional individuals representing innovations which address clear needs and challenges faced by the NHS. Prevention and early detection of heart and circulatory diseases have been included as a key theme for this round of funding.

Find out more and apply

Transplantation - Call for applications 

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme funds ambitious studies evaluating interventions that have the potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care. They are now accepting applications for funding to support research into the efficacy of new or repurposed interventions used in transplantation.  Applications will close at 1pm on the 20th of November 2018.

You can find out more about this call by joining webinars on the 1st and 8th of October 2018; registration for the webinars can be found here.
Click here for more information

A new health research platform for North West London

Discover register logoThe Discover register is a new health research platform, created by Imperial College Health Partners, which provides health researchers with a single point of access to data and potential research subjects in North West London (NWL).

It is a searchable database of the patients and healthy members of the public included in the NWL Whole Systems Integrated Care (WSIC) data who have consented to be contacted about relevant research opportunities. The aim of the register is to radically improve the way researchers are able to recruit to studies and ensure that researchers can meet recruitment targets by offering a ‘one-stop-shop’ for research recruitment.

To find out more about this tool, visit the Discover website

Convenor role for a new BHF centre for data science

Big Data

As we enter the era of digital medicine, there’s a growing need to foster excellence in data science. At the BHF, we recognise the enormous potential of data science and want to create an environment where we can realise that potential. A new BHF centre for data science will provide the data science required to propel the UK to become the largest and best learning cardiovascular health system in the world, providing rich data resources required to better understand heart and circulatory disease.

To shape proposals for the Centre, Health Data Research UK will appoint a Convenor, a significant strategic role, that will ensure the scientific health data research community, key partners and stakeholders, professional bodies, organisations across the UK cardiovascular health system and UK data controllers have the opportunity to drive the Centre’s development. We are looking for someone to bring together the knowledge and expertise of all these partners and help us develop the proposals for this initiative.

Click here for more information on the role, including how to apply

Our new look

As BHF researchers, we’d love you to be amongst the first to know that, from this July, we’ll be changing the way we talk about what we do.

It’s important to stress that what we actually do, is not changing. But we do want people to better understand the full scope of research we fund. Because although our research starts with the heart, it doesn’t stop there. And it never has.

1 in 4 people in the UK die from heart and circulatory diseases. That’s heartbreak on every street. But by talking more about the connections between different cardiovascular conditions and highlighting our research into all of them, we will reach more people affected. We will do a better job of showing just why your research is so vital. And why we urgently need more support to keep funding that research.

So look out  for our new TV ad this summer because that is when you’ll see our new approach come to life. 
Watch the video now

New e-learning opportunity

The British Journal of Cardiology have announced that their latest e-learning module on ‘Potassium and the heart’ is now available online. This module is designed to give healthcare professionals an introduction to potassium and the heart, and highlights aspects of the identification of potassium abnormalities, and how these can be treated.

This is the BJC's first e-learning module available as a short podcast and is available free of charge to all healthcare professionals.
Find out more about the module here

BCS award winners 

Congratulations to all of the award winners at this year's British Cardiovascular Society conference. We're pleased to announce that BHF Professors David Newby and Hugh Watkins, and BHF-funded PhD student Laurienne Edgar were among the worthy winners.

Find out who won what 

Is your research about to be published?

We always like to know when a paper from research we've funded is going to be published. Please let us know by email or call 020 7554 0164 and ask for the Research Communications team. 

You can also sign up to our Researcher Newsletter to get regular updates on our latest grant recipients and other funding news.

Sign up to receive our Researcher Newsletter here.

New fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Congratulations to Professor Mandy Maclean, Professor of Pulmonary Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow, who has been appointed as a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. We congratulate Professor Maclean on her well-deserved success!


Congratulations to award-winning BHF researchers 

The Lymphovascular Research Group  from St George’s, University of London were in attendance at the Gordon Research Conference on Lymphatics, which took place 11 – 16 March in Italy.

They had a very successful trip and ran away with most of the available prizes, including the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award in Lymphatic Research’ won by Professor Mortimer and the ‘Career Achievement Award in Lymphatic Research’ won by Dr Pia Ostergaard. The group has had significant support from the BHF over the years to help fund their exciting projects into the lymphovascular system and we would like to congratulate them on their success!

SheNote Speaker

SheNote Speaker is a self-nomination list of women in respiratory and cardiovascular research. It aims to increase the visibility of women in these fields by providing a list that can be easily searched in order to find keynote speakers for conferences, reviewers, editors, collaborators, or new members of staff with particular expertise.

Follow this link find out more about the initiative or to sign up.

BHF researchers take home two prizes from CMR2018

Many congratulations to the team of BHF researchers from the University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance for winning two awards at the CMR2018 Joint EuroCMR/SCMR meeting in Barcelona. Dr Alexander Liu won the Early Career Award, whilst Professor Vanessa Ferreira won the award for publishing the most highly cited paper of 2014, for work funded by the BHF!

Congratulations to them both!


Professor Joanna Wardlaw wins award at the ASA conference 

Professor Joanna Wardlaw from the University of Edinburgh has been awarded the 2018 William M. Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke at this year's American Stroke Association (ASA) conference for her research into Lacunar stroke.

Congratulations to Professor Wardlaw!

NHS Digital Research Advisory Group

The Research Advisory Group (RAG) aims to support the better use of NHS Digital data and services for the benefit of patients and the public. Hosted by NHS Digital, the group consists of senior representatives from across research and the third sector, including the Association of Medical Research Charities, Health Research Authority, National Institute for Health Research and Medical Research Council. RAG aims to build a partnership that helps improve our data/services and enables better, faster research.

To keep up to date with RAG's progress, you can sign-up to receive their bi-monthly research bulletin.

BHF-Turing Cardiovascular Data Science Awards

The BHF has announced a new joint funding scheme to support collaborative research between cardiovascular investigators and data scientists that could generate data science solutions to key cardiovascular problems. Most applications are expected to be for small scoping or pilot projects, but applications for more extensive work to deliver larger projects will also be considered. 

Please read the guidance notes for application details.

All applications must be made online via the Turing’s Flexigrant portal:

BHF-Daphne Jackson Fellowships

Applications are invited for up to two British Heart Foundation Daphne Jackson Fellowships to be held at any UK university or research institute. The fellowships are intended for individuals who want to return to an area of cardiovascular research after a career break of two years or more. The positions will be part-time for a fixed term of three years.

The Daphne Jackson Trust offers support during the application process, and the fellowship includes mentoring and retraining, giving awardees the confidence and skills they need to successfully return to a research career.

Further details on the fellowships and how to apply can be found here.

NHS Digital research newsletter 

NHS Digital produce a bi-monthly research bulletin, to give important updates on new and emerging activity in the health and care sector. The bulletin includes articles which are specific to the research community around the access of data and new sets of data, to support life saving science.  

Click here to subscribe to the newsletter.

Join our global network

We’re launching a free membership programme to support our community of past and present researchers throughout the world.

For over 50 years the BHF has funded cardiovascular research at all levels. Our aim with our new alumni programme is to establish a global family of BHF funded researchers past and present and to promote new collaborations in that family. The new programme will also offer professional development for all our members.

Join our network to be supported, informed and connected throughout your research and beyond, wherever your career may take you.

Dr Roger Thompson receives BHF Fulbright Award

Dr Roger Thompson, a clinician scientist from the University of Sheffield, has received our British Heart Foundation Fulbright Award. This will enable him to carry out his research at Stanford University on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.

Dr Thompson will work with Professor Marlene Rabinovitch, researching a rare but devastating disorder called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). This disease causes breathlessness, heart failure and death due to the narrowing of blood vessels and high blood pressure within the lungs. His research aims to find out more about how the body controls the narrowing of blood vessels, with the hope of finding new treatments.

BHF researchers elected as Fellows of the Royal Society

BHF Professor Hugh Watkins at the University of Oxford and Dr Patrick Vallance, GSK President of Research Development and a former BHF researcher, have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship consisting of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from across the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows are elected for life for their excellence in science. This is well-deserved recognition of Professor Watkin's and Dr Vallance's achievements. 

BHF Professor David Newby wins BMJ 2017 Imaging Team of the Year Award 

Professor David Newby and his team at the University of Edinburgh have been awarded the BMJ 2017 Imaging Team of the Year Award. This prestigious award celebrates the BHF-supported Clinical Research Imaging Centre (CRIC) and the SCOT-HEART Trial.

Professor Newby and his colleagues are investigating new, better ways of assessing blood vessels and the heart with the lates state-of-the-art scanners. This will make it easier to identify and monitor people with cardiovascular disease.

Congratulations to Professor Newby and his team!  

Improving support for clinical academics

Wellcome have now published the UK clinical academic training in medicine and dentistry: principles and obligations report. Supported by the British Heart Foundation and a number of other funding bodies, the principles and obligations aim to ensure that academic training is recognised and integrated with clinical training and work, and that the positive impact researching clinicians have on patient care is better acknowledged.

You can read the principles and obligations in full here.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

Mapping a research career across the funding landscape


Navigating through the options available for funding and developing a career in biomedical research can be complex, with lots of information available from many different funders of research.

To help members of the research community view and compare the different fellowships and other funding schemes for different career stages, the BHF has joined together with the MRC and several other research funders to create an interactive and integrated map of the different awards that are available to biomedical researchers.

The ‘funding view’ of the Interactive Career Framework provides information and links for different award types, including the required level of experience, duration and amount of funding available. Researchers at all levels can now easily browse the opportunities available to them at their career stage from eight major UK grant-awarding bodies, including the BHF.

Click here to go to the newly improved Interactive Career Framework.

Parliament's training for academic researchersDiagram of UK

Parliament is offering regional training events for academic researchers called "Research, Impact and the UK Parliament". These events explore how to use research to engage with Parliament and take place monthly across the UK. They are open to any researcher at any stage of their career.

The training events give an overview of Parliament and then cover ways to work with the institution, including details on Select Committees, legislative scrutiny, the House of Commons and House of Lords libraries and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). Training is interactive with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. A networking lunch is included.

Find out more about the training and register your interest or book a place here

Fulbright – British Heart Foundation Scholar Award

Fulbright logoOne grant will be offered to a UK academic or professional to pursue laboratory based research into the biomedical or clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease for a period of 12 months at any accredited US higher education institution. Research projects must not involve direct clinical contact with patients.

Grants in this category cover the awardee’s salary for the duration of the grant at a level that is commensurate with his/her experience and in line with UK national pay scales. This funding is intended as a contribution towards any institutional fees, accommodation and general maintenance costs while in the US. In addition this award provides travel expenses for one round trip economy flight to the US.Find out more at about the award and how to apply.

The MRC Stratified Medicine Initiative - a call for proposals

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The Stratified Medicine Initiative forms a major part of the MRC’s research strategy. The overall aim is the discovery and understanding of disease subtypes. Whether described as stratified, precision or personalised medicine, the research will provide new insights into disease mechanisms, that will enable better tailoring of existing treatments, and pave the way for the development of new treatments, diagnostics and care pathways.

Researchers are now invited to submit outline proposals for funding for the development of further disease-focussed consortia to stratify disease.

Find out more about the Stratified Medicine Initiative here.

Listen to Professor Peter Weissberg's Heart InterviewBHF Medical Director Professor Peter Weissberg

Dr James Rudd, Heart's Digital Media Editor, interviewed our retired Medical Director, Professor Peter Weissberg, in May 2016. As part of the interview Peter gives sage advice for young researchers considering a career in cardiovascular science, looks back at some highlights from his 12 years at the BHF, and explains why there has never been a better time to consider a career in cardiovascular research.

The interview was released as an audio podcast. Listen here or read more here.

Bristol's new Translational Biomedical Research Centre officially opens

Logo for the University of Bristol's TBRCThe University of Bristol's new Translation Biomedical Research Centre (TRBC) is now officially open. The TBRC was developed at the University of Bristol with funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The TBRC is a national facility for large animal research. It is designed to operate at GLP and NHS standards to facilitate the translation of fundamental discoveries and emerging biomedical technologies to patients.

Read the TBRC's brochure to find out more. Take a 360 degree virtual tour of the TBRC.

What does the new Higher Education and Research Bill mean for research?

The Government recently set out plans to reform higher education and the research system. Chloe Watson from the BHF’s Policy & Public Affairs team considers how the plans will affect UK research on our new Medium blog.

The new bill follows a number of government reviews to look at how well different elements of the research environment are functioning. The main change concerns the structure of the bodies that currently give out government funding for research and innovation — the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Find out more about the reforms by reading our blog. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss the changes.

Our Research Strategy

In October 2015 we launched our new strategy for funding research for the next five years. The strategy follows a consultation and review period where our current approaches were considered.

The new strategy will enable us to continue to be at the forefront of cardiovascular research by building on our strengths and targeting areas of unmet need.

Find out more about our new Research Strategy and what it means for you

Are you fundraising for us?

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If you’re taking part in a BHF event, a charity cycle, a fun run or trek, the BHF press team want to shout about it! 

Help us connect fundraising to your research and we can work with you on writing a blog, getting in the local paper or give you some tips on maximising your donations.

Email [email protected] to let us know what you're doing.

Calling all budding bloggers

Two BHF branded pens on a white pad of paperWe want to help connect BHF-funded researchers with as many people as possible, from the general public to other researchers. We want to share what it’s like to be one of our driven researchers, fighting for every heartbeat.

To do this, we publish regular blog posts written by our funded researchers on our Medium blog. You can write about your life in the lab, explain a particular breakthrough or even share a video of your research in action.

Sharing your research in a way that’s accessible and understandable is great experience for all scientists, whatever stage of your career, and we would love you to get involved whether you’re just starting your career, perhaps as a PhD student, or a BHF Professor with decades of experience.

Email [email protected] to register your interest and find out more. Explore our Medium blog here


Open Access logoWe 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.

Find out more about COAF here

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.

Read our page on research evaluation for further information on Researchfish.