BHF-Turing Cardiovascular Data Science Awards

The British Heart Foundation and the Alan Turing Institute are to launch a second call for jointly funded Cardiovascular Data Science Awards

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the Alan Turing Institute (the Turing) are pleased to announce the second call for research grant applications through a dedicated joint funding scheme, with the goal of promoting multi-disciplinary research which could generate data science solutions to key cardiovascular problems in areas such as data access, privacy and anonymisation, machine learning, image analysis and modelling.

The joint funding scheme aims to support genuine collaborative research between cardiovascular investigator(s) and data scientist(s).

Applications will be expected to:

  • be co-led by a cardiovascular investigator and a data scientist
  • illustrate the innovative nature and added value of the proposed work, which should utilise existing data (any patient data should be fully consented and anonymised)
  • define the impact of anticipated outcomes
  • describe clearly the contribution of each partner
  • provide a justification for the resource requested
  • be brief (up to 4 A4 pages of research plans, more detailed guidance will be provided in due course) 

Most applications are expected to be for small scoping or pilot projects (up to £50K), but applications for more extensive work to deliver larger projects will also be considered. 

Who can apply?

  • The lead cardiovascular investigator on each application may be from any academic institution with established cardiovascular research activity.
  • The lead data science partner should be associated with The Alan Turing Institute or one of its university partners (Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, Queen Mary University of London, Southampton, UCL and Warwick), and may co-lead only one application.
  • Data scientists who are not directly involved with the Turing Institute or its founding university partners may participate, but may not lead a project.

Applicants who are looking for funding to support large programmes of work or are not affiliated with the Turing Institute should consider applying to other BHF funding schemes, which also encourage innovative multi-disciplinary proposals (see What we fund).

Call for applications

The call for applications can be found here, and the full guidance for applicants is available here.

All applications must be made online via the Alan Turing Institute's Flexigrant portal. The submission window for applications will be open during March and April 2019.

Joint British Heart Foundation/Alan Turing Institute Workshop

The Alan Turing Institute, London - 25 February 2019

Researchers who are interested in applying for funding are invited to attend this event. The objective of this workshop is to inspire collaboration between cardiovascular investigators and specialist data scientists, by introducing the communities to each other’s resources, capabilities and needs. It is hoped that this event will catalyse new collaborations as well as provide an opportunity for discussion and refinement of existing research ideas.

You do not need to attend the workshop in order to submit an application for research funding.

Workshop Programme


Arrival & Registration



Metin Avkiran (BHF) and Chris Holmes (Turing)


Keynote lecture

Harry Hemingway (UCL)


Invited talk

Declan O'Regan (Imperial)

Making the most of imaging data


Tea break


Invited talk

Marlous Hall (Leeds)

Making the most of health data


Invited talk

Manuel Mayr (King’s)

Making the most of ‘omics data


Forum with BHF/Turing Cardiovascular Data Science award recipients

William Astle (Cambridge), 

Leonardo Bottolo (Cambridge), 

Chris Oates (Newcastle), 

Catalina Vallejos (Edinburgh), 

Mihaela van der Schaar (Cambridge), 

Angela Wood (Cambridge).


Drinks reception & networking

Full workshop programme and details can be downloaded here.

Register to attend the workshop by clicking here.