Exciting opportunity to join the BHF family as Associate Medical Director (Clinical Research)
The BHF have created a new post of Associate Medical Director (Clinical Research). This is an exciting new opportunity to join us as the UK's main funder of lifesaving cardiovascular research. Informal enquiries can be made to our Medical Director, Professor Nilesh Samani.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 4 October, 2017 - good luck!
Further details can be found here.
Applications for the BHF Fulbright Scholarship Award are now open!
Applications for the BHF Fulbright Scholarship Award are now open.This award allows academics and professionals to pursue lab-based research into the biomedical or clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease, for a period of 12 months, at an institution in the United States.
Candidates with a strong research project, academic excellence and demonstrable ambassadorial skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity are encouraged to apply.
The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 6 November, 2017.
For more information on how to apply take a look at the Fulbright website or email the Fulbright team.
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.
The scheme is now open for applications (submission deadline: 16 October 2017).
Please read the guidance notes for application details.
All applications must be made online via the Turing’s Flexigrant portal: https://ati.flexigrant.com
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.
The next edition is out on Monday 31 July.
Click here to subscribe to the newsletter.
The Royal Society public engagement course
With BHF research funded by donations, the public's perception of your work is vitally important.The Royal Society run a public engagement course course designed for early-mid career scientists who wish to develop their confidence and communication skills.
The next course date is Thursday 19 October, 10am - 5pm at the University of Birmingham.
Sign up to the next public engagement course here.
The Academy of Medical Sciences starter grants for Clinical Lecturers
The Academy of Medical Sciences is welcoming applications from research active Clinical Lecturers, who are looking to develop and strengthen their research careers. The grants provide modest ‘starter’ funds for up to two years enable research active Clinical Lecturers to pursue their research work .
The deadline for applications is Friday 15 September 2017, 23:00 GMT.
Click here for more information on eligibility and how to apply.
British Society of Cardiovascular Research Meeting 2017
On Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 September, the British Society of Cardiovascular Research (BSCR) Autumn Meeting will be taking place. This year’s theme? Cardiac metabolic disorders and mitochondrial dysfunction.
For this year’s programme click here
World-class scientists from the UK and abroad travel from afar to these annual meetings to gain an insight into the work of fellow researchers.
It’s also an opportunity for students and early career researchers in particular to present their work in the form of a presentation or a poster, creating a friendly floor for discussion. The deadline for abstract applications is Monday 3rd July.
For more information on how to get involved click here
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 Touyz, Brian 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 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!
Centre for Behaviour Change Summer School 2017
UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change are hosting their 4th annual Summer School series. This five-day course is an introduction to the principles of behaviour change and how these can be applied to practical problem. It's aimed at everyone interested in behaviour change - from researchers, practitioners and intervention designers to managers and policy makers. The course will look at the principles of behaviour change and demonstrate how these can be applied - such as supporting change among patients and health professionals, or planning and supporting change in organisations and communities.
The course will be running twice this year, on the 31st July – 4th August and again from the 14th August – 18th August.
More information on the course and how to register can be found here.
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.
Sign up to receive our Researcher Newsletter here.
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
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 usat [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 researchers
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
One 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
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 Interview
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
The 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
As 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.
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?
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
We 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.
We 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
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.
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.