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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.


BMA Foundation – Research grants open for application

The BMA Foundation for Medical Research awards research grants each year to encourage and further medical research in a variety of areas. One of these grants, the Josephine Lansdell grant, is to assist research in the field of heart disease. Applications are invited from registered medical practitioners in the UK and a member of the BMA, and can be for either research in progress or prospective research. 
This grant, and other BMA Foundation grants, are now available to apply for online. The deadline for applications is the 2nd of March 2018

For more information, and to apply, visit the BMA Foundation website.


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.

Intermediate Transition Research Fellowships

The Oxford BHF CRE Transition Fellowship programme supports and develops outstanding postdoctoral researchers, enabling them to successfully apply for external funding opportunities, and to foster and develop future leaders in cardiovascular research. The expectation is that, by the end of a two year Transition Fellowship, award holders will secure a competitive peer-reviewed fellowship from the BHF or other external funding agency.  All Oxford BHF CRE transition fellowships will be hosted in the research group of an Oxford BHF CRE Principal Investigator.   

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 6 March 2018. Good luck!
For further details and how to apply

Cardiovascular Science Vacation Studentships

The BHF Centre of Research Excellence (BHF CRE) in Oxford is offering a small number of vacation studentships to enable talented and motivated undergraduates to carry out a research project in cardiovascular science in summer 2018. The vacation studentships are for a maximum of  ten weeks duration during the summer of 2018, and offer undergraduates an exciting opportunity to contribute to a challenging and meaningful research project based in the research group of an Oxford BHF CRE PI.  Undergraduate students are invited to apply directly to the BHF CRE for these awards. 

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 12 February 2018.

For further details and how to apply

BHF - Stroke Association Joint Clinical Study in Stroke

We are delighted to invite applications for a Clinical Study in the field of stroke, for up to £1.5million of funding over 5 years, which will be awarded jointly between the Stroke Association and the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Applications must be directly related to stroke illness, and must have a vascular focus. Suitable examples include: cerebral vascular imaging, stroke prevention – primary or secondary, stroke epidemiology, cerebral small vessel disease, and therapies relating to vascular symptoms.

Deadline for outline applications is 5 PM on Monday the 15th of January 2018.

For more information visit the Stroke Association website.

How to be a Good Chief Investigator Workshop

The Hubs for Trials Methodology Research (HTMR) Network are holding their 4th workshop on ‘How to be a Good Chief Investigator’ on the 17th of January 2018 at the University of Liverpool. This one day workshop offers insight to new, or relatively new, chief investigators of randomised clinical trials. They will hear from experienced chief investigators and experts in trial methodology, with representatives from a trial funder and a clinical research network.  

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday the 19th of December 2017.

Click here for more information on the workshop and how to apply.

The Edinburgh Stroke Winter School

Are you interested in a career in clinical research? The Edinburgh Stroke Winter school aims to give potential researchers the opportunity to develop an idea into a deliverable project. The course will cover study feasibility, management, regulation, presentation, writing, imaging, trials, cohorts and genetics studies relevant to stroke and cerebrovascular disease, guided by excellent stroke researchers from around the UK and Europe.

The course will be held in Edinburgh from the 19th to the 21st of February 2018, with the deadline for applications being the 12th of January 2018.

Follow this link to find out more about the course, its content, and how to apply.

The UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP): First call for proposals

The BHF is part of an alliance of research funders that have agreed to commit £50 million to support research into the primary prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The vision is to generate new insights into actionable, sustainable and cost-effective ways of preventing these disease that will improve population health and reduce health inequalities in the UK. 

This call invites submissions of outline proposals for either Consortium or Network awards, before the deadline of the 18th of January 2018.

To find out more about the scheme, including the types of awards and how to apply, click here.

The Francis Crick Institute - Early Career Group Leader recruitment

The Francis Crick Institute supports field-leading and creative discovery research addressing important biological questions informed by human health and disease, including cardiovascular disease. The Crick have announced a new opportunity for applications for Early Career Group Leaders in Biomedicine. Successful applicants whose work falls within the cardiovascular sphere would be eligible for joint support by the British Heart Foundation.

Informal enquiries about the institute or the application procedure can be made by emailing the Crick directly. The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on 9 November 2017.

Click here to find out more about this opportunity and how to apply.

Deadlines for Clinical Study Grants for 2018

Our Clinical Study Grants support applications for high value clinical trials and some observational studies costing more than £300,000 or lasting longer than 3 years. Outline applications are reviewed throughout the year, and if this is approved, you will be invited to submit a full application. There are two funding rounds per year for full applications for Clinical Study Grants, which are assessed by the Clinical Studies Committee (CSC) when they meet in May and November.

The cut-off dates for full applications for 2018 are:

• Wednesday 14th February 2018

• Wednesday 15th August 2018

Click here to find out more about the Clinical Study Grants and how to apply. 

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 researchers elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Professors Rhian TouyzBrian Walker and Jill Pell have been elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

The Academy is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science, with the aim of advancing research and its translation into benefits for society. 

BHF Professor Rhian Touyz at the University of Glasgow is a world-leading scientist in the field of hypertension, trying to find answers for those with high blood pressure. Professor Walker is the head of the BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science in Edinburgh. Professor Pell is a member of the BHF Chairs and Programme Grants Committee.


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!  

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.

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Call for applications for the NC3Rs PhD studentship scheme 2017 

The NC3Rs is the UK’s national organisation leading the discovery and application of new technologies and approaches to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals for scientific purposes (the 3Rs).

The 2017 call for applications is now open and we are inviting outlines that will attract and inspire the UK’s top graduates, as well as provide excellent scientific training and a solid introduction to 3Rs principles. Up to ten awards are available, as well as three additional joint awards with the British Heart Foundation, with a value of £30k per annum for three years. To fall within the joint award’s remit, applications should seek to achieve 3Rs impact in the field of cardiovascular research.

Full details of the scheme and application process and key dates are available on the NC3Rs website

Professor Mandy MacLean Awarded the Reynold Spector Award in Clinical Pharmacology 

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) has named Professor Mandy MacLean the 2017 recipient of the Reynold Spector Award in Clinical Pharmacology. Professor of Pulmonary Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow, Professor MacLean is recognised for her excellence in pulmonary arterial hypertension research, funded by the BHF, and her dedication to postgraduate teaching.

More information on Professor MacLean's award can be found here

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.

Changes to our Intermediate Clinical Fellowships


Mr Modarai looking at a scan before operatingAs outlined in our new Research Strategy, we are committed to investing in the best people in cardiovascular research. We are therefore making some changes to our Intermediate Clinical Research Fellowships (ICRFs) so we can offer better support to our funded researchers.

From June 2016 our ICRFs will be awarded for five years, with the option of applying for a further two years extension. 
If you have any queries about the changes to our Fellowships, contact [email protected]. Find out more about what our new Research Strategy means in practice here.

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.