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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.

BHF Professor shortlisted for WISE research award 

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. 

BHF-funded Professor Mandy MacLean

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.

Population Health in the UK: Wednesday 16 September, London

The BHF delivers its CPR petition to parliamentThe BHF in collaboration with Cancer Research UK, the National Institute for Health Research and the Wellcome Trust.

Professor Elio Riboli, Dame Professor Valerie Beral and Professor Neil Pearce on behalf of Imperial College London, University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, are inviting you to attend their Population Health in the UK day in London.

For any questions, please contact Clare Berry at

Find out more and submit an abstract. Deadline 1 August 2015.

Spin-out success

Portrait photograph of Professor Stefan Neubauer.Professor Stefan Neubauer is a cardiologist and cardiovascular researcher with a BHF Programme Grant but some of his work has shown promise for people with liver disease. Professor Neubauer has since taken the leap into industry and set up a spin-out company around this discovery. 

We recently launched Translational Awards to support the pre-clinical development of new cardiovascular medicines and technologies so that they are attractive to follow-on funding.

Read the MRC blog about Professor Neubauer's experience with commercialisation.

Paying tribute to Michael Oliver

Professor Michael Oliver. Image credit: The Scotsman

Professor Michael Oliver, one of our most influential early BHF Professor, died on 7 June, aged 89. 

Professor Oliver was one of the most eminent cardiovascular researchers of his era. After beginning his medical career as a cardiologist in the 1950s, Professor Oliver was awarded the BHF Duke of Edinburgh Chair of Cardiology at the University of Edinburgh in 1978.

As a BHF Professor between 1978 and 1989, Professor Oliver led some of the early trials of cholesterol lowering drugs and his work was most notably concerned with the relationship between diet, cholesterol and coronary heart disease

As a cardiologist he also worked with Professor Desmond Julian to set up the UK’s first coronary care unit in Edinburgh in 1964, which helped to transform heart patient care nationwide. 

Read our Medical Director's reflections on Professor Oliver.

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 paperNext year 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 are going to have a monthly post on our website written by our 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 new 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 logoFrom 1st October, the BHF will 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

New 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.