Researcher noticeboard

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Check the noticeboard regularly to 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.

And the nominees are...

Professor John Danesh

A research paper from BHF Professor John Danesh (University of Cambridge) and another from BHF Senior Research Fellow Professor Darrel Francis (Imperial College London) have been shortlisted for the UK Research Paper of the Year at the BMJ Awards.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 6 May 2015. Best of luck to the two teams!

Find out more about the awards here and read Professor Danesh's paper here and Professor Francis' here.

Researcher videos

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We want to share messages from BHF-funded researchers with our supporters, especially in the lead up to International Women's Day on March 8th.

Can you spare 3 minutes to record a video on our dedicated app?

Find out more and download the app before the end of February and help us share stories of your inspirational women and life saving research.

Conference deadline coming up

BCS Conference 2014Do you want your work to be recognised at the UK's premier cardiovascular conference? Please note that the BCS Conference deadline for submitting basic science abstracts and entries into the BAS/BSCR Young Investigator Award and BCS Young Research Workers Prize is 23:59 on Sunday 1 March 2015.

The winners of the prizes will be celebrated on our website and all abstracts will be considered for publicising in the media. Please submit your best work for consideration.

Find out more and submit your entries and abstracts on the BCS website here.

Science Hack Jam in Warwick

Are you a researcher with a flare for storytelling, film-making or even coding? Popathon is organising a two day ‘hackthon’ in collaboration with Warwick University to bring science stories to life on the web. You and your team will create a digital prototype by the end of the two days.

Find our more on their website

Wear it. Beat it.

Five researchers in red lab coats for Wear it. Beat it.

We want to say a huge thank you to all the researchers that got involved on 6 February for Wear it. Beat it. with red bake sales, red lab coats and red quizzes.

Check out #WearItBeatIt to see the action on Twitter.

Don't forget to pay in your fundraising.

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. 

Researchfish update

Zebrafish under a microscopeThank you very much for your Researchfish submissions. Over 90 per cent of you submitted Researchfish data to us this year.

This data will be invaluable for evaluating our research funding and sharing your success with our supporters. We will report the findings of our analysis to you in the new year.

The Researchfish data collection period has now closed for 2014.

Leadership opportunities at Nottingham

Logo for The University of NottinghamThe Department of Stem Cell Biology at the University of Nottingham is now entering its second phase of academic recruitment as part of an ambitious expansion plan. The University is recruiting for two posts: Associate Professor and Full Professor in Translational Stem Cell Technologies.

This will add to Nottingham’s strengths in regenerative medicine to form the Nottingham Regenerative Medicine Group. The recruited posts will have a particular emphasis on promoting a high level of collaboration between stem cells and one or more of tissue engineering, drug discovery and cardiovascular biology, with potential linkage to cancer. 

The potential to promote interdisciplinary science is important, since this is another area of strength at Nottingham and was the founding ethos of the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences, established in 2007 and soon to be expanded in a new, ambitious phase of building.
If you're interested in either of these roles, please contact Professor Chris Denning via email or phone 0115 823 1236.

If at first you don't succeed...

Dr Edward Chouchani and Victoria PellA group of scientists, part funded by us, recently discovered that simple chemicals can limit organ damage after heart attack and stroke. Dr Edward Chouchani and Victoria Pell (pictured) from the team have written a blog on what it's like to work in cardiovascular research.

We're always keen to hear about your research, your motivations, your successes and even failures. 

Contact our science communication team at if you'd like to share your research story on our site.

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

Women in science

Danielle PaulIn celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, October 14, we gave the public a chance to ask Dr Danielle Paul, a researcher from the University of Bristol, about her career, BHF funding and women in science.

Danielle highlights how gender bias does still exist in science, however states flexible funding opportunities and career re-entry research fellowships, such as those offered by the BHF, are closing the gap.

"Funding bodies could offer more career-break schemes for academics who want to take time out to have children or otherwise. The BHF offer exactly this in the form of a career re-entry research fellowship."

Read Danielle’s full response to your questions

Find out more about our Career Re-entry Research Fellowships


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

Help shape Researchfish

Logo for ResearchfishTo help improve the service, Researchfish run regular user groups for the funders, universities and researchers that use their system.

They want your feedback on the new features that have been added, and your suggestions for further improvement. 

Email for more information on the user group or with your thoughts on the  service – all comments are welcome!

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.