Congratulations to award-winning BHF researchers
The Lymphovascular Research Group from St George’s, University of London were in attendance at the Gordon Research Conference on Lymphatics, which took place 11 – 16 March in Italy.
They had a very successful trip and ran away with most of the available prizes, including the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award in Lymphatic Research’ won by Professor Mortimer and the ‘Career Achievement Award in Lymphatic Research’ won by Dr Pia Ostergaard. The group has had significant support from the BHF over the years to help fund their exciting projects into the lymphovascular system and we would like to congratulate them on their success!
MRC Experimental Medicine Challenge Grant call 2018
The MRC is pleased to announce the launch of a £10m ‘Experimental Medicine Challenge Grant’ call, which aims to support innovative programmes of research into disease pathophysiology, using humans as the experimental animal.
The deadline for outline applications is 31st May 2018.
Find out more about the Challenge on the MRC website
Reflections of Research 2018: now open for entries!
This year's Reflections of Research competition is now open. Reflections of Research is our annual image competition, reflecting the groundbreaking research funded by the BHF through images. Do you have something to wow the judges?
For more information on the competition you can visit the webpage, take a look at previous winners, or read a blog post on last year's shortlisted research.
To enter, simply download an entry form and send it to [email protected] by midnight on Sunday the 8th of April 2018.
SheNote Speaker is a self-nomination list of women in respiratory and cardiovascular research. It aims to increase the visibility of women in these fields by providing a list that can be easily searched in order to find keynote speakers for conferences, reviewers, editors, collaborators, or new members of staff with particular expertise.
Follow this link find out more about the initiative or to sign up.
BHF researchers take home two prizes from CMR2018
Many congratulations to the team of BHF researchers from the University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance for winning two awards at the CMR2018 Joint EuroCMR/SCMR meeting in Barcelona. Dr Alexander Liu won the Early Career Award, whilst Professor Vanessa Ferreira won the award for publishing the most highly cited paper of 2014, for work funded by the BHF!
Congratulations to them both!
Finding out what makes researchers tick
The UKCRC Tissue Directory are inviting UK-based Biomedical researchers to complete a survey on human sample use in research. The survey will form part of the research project: ‘Barriers to using an online directory to identify human samples for research’. The results of the survey will inform the development of the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre, a national initiative which seeks to improve human sample access in the UK.
The survey will take approximately 7 minutes to complete and you will have the option to be entered into a prize drawer for a voucher at the end of the survey.
For more information on the research please visit the website or read the participant information sheet, and if you have any questions or queries about the research please email [email protected].
Take the survey
Joint BHF-German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) funding scheme
The BHF and DZHK wish to encourage international collaboration between cardiovascular researchers in the UK and Germany. The funders have therefore come together to create an award scheme to fund research projects where the cross-national dimension enables work of higher impact than can be carried out nationally, and which will tackle novel and globally important themes.
The scope of the scheme is for innovative cardiovascular research with the potential for improved clinical diagnosis, prevention or treatment. Partnerships that involve a multidisciplinary approach are strongly encouraged.
Outline applications for the first round of funding in 2018 are now invited, with a deadline of the 1st of June 2018.
Further details on the scheme, including how to apply, can be found here
Research Excellence Awards - Third Call for Applications
The BHF is pleased to announce a call for applications for a third round of Research Excellence Awards (REAs), to run from Spring 2019. The REA scheme was first launched in 2006 and provides flexible medium-term funding to a few centres with a critical mass of outstanding cardiovascular researchers.
The purpose of REAs is to help keep UK cardiovascular science at the forefront internationally, by catalysing productive multi-disciplinary research efforts, leveraging additional significant investment from institutions and other funders, attracting and nurturing future research leaders, and enabling the agile exploitation of new ideas and opportunities in basic and translational cardiovascular research.
The deadline for submission of applications is the 23rd of April 2018.
For more information on the awards, and how to apply, visit our web page.
Professor Joanna Wardlaw wins award at the ASA conference
Professor Joanna Wardlaw from the University of Edinburgh has been awarded the 2018 William M. Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke at this year's American Stroke Association (ASA) conference for her research into Lacunar stroke.
Congratulations to Professor Wardlaw!
NC3Rs Cardiovascular Showcase
The NC3Rs is hosting a one day Cardiovascular Showcase event on the 23rd of March 2018 that will highlight the wide range of 3Rs projects within cardiovascular science and bring together a diverse group of scientists working to advance the application of the 3Rs in cardiovascular research and safety assessment. It will feature presentations and posters, as well as three breakout sessions:
1: Funding workshop for BHF/NC3Rs co-funded PhD studentships
2: Development of an adverse outcome pathway (AOP) for cardiotoxicity
3: Increasing the adoption of social-housing during telemetry study recordings).
Attendance is free, but registration is essential. Registration closes on the 8th of March 2018
Follow this link for more information and to register for the event.
BMA Foundation – Research grants open for application
The BMA Foundation for Medical Research awards research grants each year to encourage and further medical research in a variety of areas. One of these grants, the Josephine Lansdell grant, is to assist research in the field of heart disease. Applications are invited from registered medical practitioners in the UK and a member of the BMA, and can be for either research in progress or prospective research.
This grant, and other BMA Foundation grants, are now available to apply for online. The deadline for applications is the 2nd of March 2018.
For more information, and to apply, visit the BMA Foundation website.
NHS Digital Research Advisory Group
The Research Advisory Group (RAG)
aims to support the better use of NHS Digital data and services for the benefit of patients and the public. Hosted by NHS Digital, the group consists of senior representatives from across research and the third sector, including the Association of Medical Research Charities, Health Research Authority, National Institute for Health Research and Medical Research Council. RAG aims to build a partnership that helps improve our data/services and enables better, faster research.
To keep up to date with RAG's progress, you can sign-up to receive their bi-monthly research bulletin.
Intermediate Transition Research Fellowships
The Oxford BHF CRE Transition Fellowship programme supports and develops outstanding postdoctoral researchers, enabling them to successfully apply for external funding opportunities, and to foster and develop future leaders in cardiovascular research.
The expectation is that, by the end of a two year Transition Fellowship, award holders will secure a competitive peer-reviewed fellowship from the BHF or other external funding agency. All Oxford BHF CRE transition fellowships will be hosted in the research group of an Oxford BHF CRE Principal Investigator.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 6 March 2018. Good luck!
For further details and how to apply
Cardiovascular Science Vacation Studentships
The BHF Centre of Research Excellence (BHF CRE) in Oxford is offering a small number of vacation studentships to enable talented and motivated undergraduates to carry out a research project in cardiovascular science in summer 2018.
The vacation studentships are for a maximum of ten weeks duration during the summer of 2018, and offer undergraduates an exciting opportunity to contribute to a challenging and meaningful research project based in the research group of an Oxford BHF CRE PI.
Undergraduate students are invited to apply directly to the BHF CRE for these awards.
The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 12 February 2018.
For further details and how to apply
Deadlines for Clinical Study Grants for 2018
Our Clinical Study Grants support applications for high value clinical trials and some observational studies costing more than £300,000 or lasting longer than 3 years. Outline applications are reviewed throughout the year, and if this is approved, you will be invited to submit a full application. There are two funding rounds per year for full applications for Clinical Study Grants, which are assessed by the Clinical Studies Committee (CSC) when they meet in May and November.
The cut-off dates for full applications for 2018 are:
• Wednesday 14th February 2018
• Wednesday 15th August 2018
Click here to find out more about the Clinical Study Grants and how to apply.
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.
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.
Click here to subscribe to the newsletter.
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!
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.
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]
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.
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.