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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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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.

NC3Rs PhD funding opportunity

Zebra fishWe've teamed up with the NC3Rs to offer a joint PhD studentship scheme which addresses the need to embed the 3Rs principles in the training of graduate scientists from a broad range of scientific backgrounds. The NC3Rs is the UK’s national organisation which leads the discovery and application of new technologies and approaches to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals for scientific purposes (the 3Rs).

Three joint awards are available with a value of £30k per annum for three years. Applications for the BHF-NC3Rs awards should seek to obtain 3Rs impact in the field of cardiovascular research.

Full details of the scheme and application process are available on the NC3Rs website. The deadline for full applications is 13 July 2016.

Career development event 

diagramThe Academy of Medical Sciences is running a career development event for early career researchers on navigating the future of healthcare, with talks from inspiring senior researchers.

The event will provide a space for biomedical academic trainees to network and learn from senior researchers about the research and innovation landscape of the future. The event is cross specialty and will discuss topics such as gene therapy, emerging infections & epidemic preparedness, changing international child health paradigms, and medical devices, as well as a keynote on the Medical Research Council's renowned longitudinal lifelong ageing study at University College London.

Find out more and register for the event here.

Biobank annual meeting

Biobank logoUK Biobank, which we help fund, is hosting their annual meeting on Monday 13 June in London. The event is open to health researchers from academia and industry in the UK and overseas.

UK Biobank is a prospective study of 500,000 people, led by BHF Professor Sir Rory Collins. They have collected a wide range of information including diet, physical activity and genetics on participants, and now hope to embark on a major study to MRI image 100,000 participants. Genetic data on the full cohort of 500,000 will be available to researchers later this year, with data on 150,000 available now.

For further details and to register for the event, see here.

 BHF Professor announced as our next Medical Director

Professor Sir Nilesh SamaniThe University of Leicester researcher Professor Sir Nilesh Samani has been announced as our next Medical Director. BHF Professor Samani will take up the role in October 2016 when Professor Peter Weissberg retires 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.

Register for the BCS conference

The BHF stall at the BCD conferenceThe BCS Annual Conference is the UK forum for up-to-date findings in the world of clinical cardiology and the most clinically relevant practical applications. The event provides cardiovascular healthcare professionals with the chance to participate in a world-class conference and exhibition. 

This year the BCS Annual conference is taking place 6 - 8 June in Manchester.

You can still register to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.

Attend the Lumps and Bumps conference

Registration is now open for the conference Lumps and Bumps - Uniting Cancer and Placental Physiologies a themed meeting bringing together international experts and early-career researchers from the placentation, angiogenesis and cancer fields to highlight the similarities and facilitate future interdisciplinary collaborations. The meeting will be held 20-21st June 2016 at the Sir Clive Granger Building, University of Nottingham, UK.  

Keynote speakers include: Professor Susan Fisher (UCSF, USA), Professor David Bates (Nottingham), Professor Graham Burton (Cambridge), Professor Tim Elliot (Southampton), Professor John Aplin (Manchester), Dr Marijke Faas (Groningen, Netherlands), Professor Inke Natke (Dundee), Professor Hubert Schorle (Bonn, Germany).

Find out more and register to attend here.

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 Find out more about what our new Research Strategy means in practice here.

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. The next deadline to submit applications is 5pm, Friday 4 March 2016.

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

BHF-Fulbright scholar shortlisted as Young Investigator Finalist 

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Dr Junaid Zaman, a cardiologist in the London Deanery and a BHF Clinical Research Fellow at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London was chosen as the first ever scholar to receive the BHF-Fulbright Scholar Award. Just a few months into the award he was also announced as a finalist for the prestigious Samuel A. Levine Young Clinical Investigator Final at American Heart Association.

Earlier in the year we talked to Junaid about the BHF-Fulbright Scholar Award, moving to the USA and how his research is progressing.

Applications open for 4 year PhD studentships

Computer researchApplications are invited from universities in the UK for 4 year PhD studentship programmes in cardiovascular research. Awards will allow universities to recruit up to four students per year for four years into the programme, with the first intake in Autumn 2017. Only one application per university may be submitted. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 March 2016 with decisions expected in July. Further details can be found here

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

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.

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 currently 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.

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. Explore our Medium blog here

Accelerating Innovation

An open pill capsule

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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