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

If you have any jobs, symposia, awards or anything else that you would like to advertise here, please contact us.

Is your research about to be published? Please email or call 020 7554 0164 and ask for the Research Communications team.

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Gordon Research Conference - June 2016

Professor Barbara CasadeiBHF Professor Barbara Casadei will co-chair the 2016 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Cardiac Regulatory Mechanisms being held in New Hampshire, USA. The GRC will bring together new scientists and established investigators with a common interest in the regulatory mechanisms of the normal heart and how they become dysfunctional in disease.

Attending the GRC is a fantastic opportunity to foster discussions that span disciplines and geography, and enables new personal and scientific connections to develop.

Find out more about the GRC and registration

Our new Research Strategy

We've just 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

Your Research, Your Impact

Picture of heart muscle cells.Our Research Evaluation Report 2014-15 is an overview of our funding statistics and the impacts from BHF-funded research. 

We compiled the report from various sources, including 2014 Researchfish data. So a big thank you to those who completed last year’s Researchfish submission.

Read our Research Evaluation Report 2014-15

Genetic testing and cardiology

BCS Conference 2014The UK Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN) co-hosted two sessions with us at the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) annual conference in June 2015. These sessions aimed to raise awareness of the latest developments in genetic testing for cardiac conditions. Attendees included NHS consultant cardiologists, specialist registrars (trainees) in cardiology and other interested clinicians from across the UK.

A report has been produced summarising the details of the presentations and the discussions that took place.

Read the report

BHF Professor shortlisted for WISE research award 

BHF-funded Professor Mandy MacLean

Professor Mandy MacLean at the Glasgow Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences has been shortlisted in the 2015 WISE Awards. The awards celebrate the work of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. 

Professor MacLean has been shortlisted for an award which specifically celebrates excellence in scientific research. Upon hearing this news, Mandy said "I was delighted and honoured. To be amongst such incredibly inspirational women at the interview was indeed inspirational in itself!" The winners are announced on the 12th of November.

Read our round-up of BHF research at the ESC Congress

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Researchers we fund showed off their science at the ESC Congress recently. Two won Young Investigator Awards and retired BHF Professor Keith Fox was awarded the prestigious ESC Gold Medal.

We've included some of our highlights, including the results of PATHWAY-2, in a round-up on our website. Let us know if you're presenting at a Conference or have won an award so we can feature your news here.

Read the round-up of the BHF at the ESC Congress.

Influencing Government Policy


Nearly 500 of you emailed your MEP recently, urging them not to support a ban on animal research and we recently held a parliamentary reception with BHF-funded researchers to show the need for Government investment in science.

You can help us influence Government policy at events, lab visits and by contacting your MP about research - let us know if you want to get involved.

Get involved with our latest campaign by filling in a simple form to tell your local MP that the Government needs to supports research in the UK. 

Would you like to carry out research in the USA?Fulbright logo

The Fulbright-British Heart Foundation Scholar Award 2016-17 is open for for Applications.

The Fulbright–British Heart Foundation Scholar Award  will be offered to an academic or professional to pursue laboratory based research into the biomedical or clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease for a year at any US institution.
Applications for the 2016-17 awards competition will be open until 6 November 2015. For more information on the whole list of available Awards, deadlines, eligibility and how to apply visit the Awards section of the Fulbright website.

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 to let us know what you're doing.

Getting started in clinical research

Researcher in a labThe Academy of Medical Science's Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers scheme is now open for applications. We are one of the charities that helps fund the scheme.

Up to £30,000 is available to enable Clinical Lecturers to kick start a research career. Two rounds of funding are held each year, with application deadlines every March and September.

For further information contact or visit The Academy's website.

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 are going to publish regular blog posts written by our funded researchers. 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, as PhD student, or a BHF Professor with decades of experience.

If you’re interested and would like to know more, or you know someone who would be a great BHF blogger, get in touch. Email to register your interest and find out more. 

Accelerating Innovation

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Applications are now open for the BHF Translational Grant aimed at supporting pre-clinical development of novel cardiovascular medicines and technologies.

Translation from bench to bedside takes a long time, costs a lot of money and has a high rate of failure. Traditionally, pharmaceutical companies have funded the entire process in-house, although increasingly they are seeking to license or ‘buy-in’ and develop later stage technologies that are deemed less risky with a higher probability of success. This has left a funding gap at the earlier stages of development that charities and other ventures need to fill.

The new grant will help bridge this gap, ensuring more early stage cardiovascular research translates into better prevention, diagnosis and treatment in the clinic.

Find out more


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.

Researchfish also organises training sessions in the form of webinars for researchers.

Online grant applications

All grant applications, except for Personal Chairs, Infrastructure Grants, Strategic Initiatives and Small Meeting Funds, must now be submitted using our Grants Management System (GMS).

What is GMS?

GMS is a web based application and review process for Fellowship, Project, Programme, Special Project and New Horizons grants.

How do I register?

New users will need to register on GMS before they submit an application. If you are already registered, sign in with your email address and password and update your profile if necessary.

How do I apply for a grant online?

Please begin by reading our how to apply instructions.

When you’re ready to apply, open the online application form.

Use the GMS User Guide to help you complete all the sections of the online application form.

The following people will need to register to apply for and review most grants:

  • Grant applicants and co-applicants
  • Heads of department
  • Institutions' administrative authorities
  • Grant reviewers.

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. 

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