Joint funding scheme between the BHF, DZHK and the DHF

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) formally agreed in 2018 a partnership research funding scheme committing to three annual calls. After one successful call the Dutch Heart Foundation (DHF) has joined as a third partner in this scheme.

Awards will fund research projects where the cross-national dimension enables work of higher impact than can be carried out nationally, and which will tackle novel and globally important themes.

The scope of the scheme is for innovative research that contributes to improved clinical diagnosis, prevention or treatment of cardiovascular disease. Partnerships that involve a multidisciplinary approach are strongly encouraged. View previous awards made under this scheme.

Applications are invited for the second call, with a deadline of 3pm BST on 11 October 2019

In order to apply, please download and complete an application form. Further guidance is available below:

  • An application should be for a specific hypothesis-led and focused research project or programme, supporting postdocs (or similar) plus consumable expenditure, with a small fraction of the budget allocated to annual partnership meetings. 
  • PhD students will only be eligible for support within the Dutch component of any application. 
  • Clinical trials are not eligible for support though early clinical investigation based on a preclinical research programme may be proposed. 
  • There are no specific restrictions on the scientific theme, but there are two limitations. First, applications will not be accepted that name applicants who were part of the two successful BHF-DZHK awards from the first call. Second, applicants from the Netherlands should ensure that the research programme contributes to and strengthens an existing DHF funded consortium and that it aligns with the goal of the DHF to lower the cardiovascular disease burden significantly.
  • Applications must include investigators from at least two of the three countries (UK, Germany, Netherlands). There is no obligation to include investigators from all three countries. Experienced academic cardiovascular investigators in the UK and the Netherlands and DZHK-funded investigators in Germany will be eligible to apply. Each application must name one investigator from each country as a principal investigator (PI). 

Up to €5 million will be available for the second call with a maximum of £2 million from BHF, €2 million from DZHK and at least €1 million from DHF. Grants will be awarded by competitive scientific selection in open competition and will provide funding for research programmes for up to 4 years. Up to three programmes per year will be funded. The level of support requested for a proposed programme is therefore expected to be around €1-2million and applicants should ensure good value for money.

The requested budget distribution between countries should be driven purely by the science. For successful applications the funding will be administered nationally according to the distribution awarded, i.e. each funder will pay for the fraction of the work to be carried out in its country.


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