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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.


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] 

Reflections of Research 2017

Winning image from Reflections of Research 2015 called 'Go with the flow' by Dr Victoria Stoll from the University of Oxford.

Our annual image competition - Reflections of Research - is now open. 

We will be accepting entries until midnight Sunday 30 April. The competition is open to all images produced through research funded by the BHF - so if you've produced a striking image as part of your BHF-funded research, download the entry form and send it to us at [email protected] along with your image.

The three overall winners will each receive a £100 Amazon voucher.


New Clinical Studies Committee


The BHF has set up a new Clinical Studies Committee to assess applications for Clinical Study Grants. The committee will meet twice a year, in May and November. The Chair is Professor Bryan Williams (University College London), with vice-Chair Professor Colin Baigent (University of Oxford).  

Cut off dates for full applications are

  • Wednesday 16th August 2017 for the November 2017 Committee.
  • We will continue to assess outline applications throughout the year.

    If you have any queries about the committee, please contact us

    See who is on the CSC panel

    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.

    What does the EU Referendum mean for UK research?

    WestminsterThe UK receives a significant amount of research funding from the EU, researchers collaborate across borders and research is undertaken adhering to EU laws.

    It is not yet clear what the full impact of the EU Referendum result will be on the research environment but over the next two years we will be working hard to ensure we achieve the best possible outcome for medical research.

    We appreciate that this a particularly uncertain time for colleagues from EU countries working in the UK. In the short term, we expect no changes but we will be monitoring any developments carefully. As things develop we will continue to keep you updated here and through our researcher newsletter.

    In the meantime, if you would like to speak to us, please contact Jennifer Boon, Policy Manager.

    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.

    BHF Professor announced as our Medical Director

    Professor Sir Nilesh SamaniThe University of Leicester researcher Professor Sir Nilesh Samani has taken up the role of Medical Director at the BHF. BHF Professor Samani took up the role in October 2016 when Professor Peter Weissberg retired after 12 years leading our research funding.

    Professor Samani is world-renowned for his research into the genetics of cardiovascular disease and has built a hugely successful cardiovascular research department at the University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital.

    Find out more about the news.

    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.

    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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