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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.

Spend a week in Westminster

Do you get frustrated about the use of evidence in government policy making?


Do you want to increase the policy impact of your research?

Each year the Royal Society’s pairing scheme pairs 30 research scientists with UK parliamentarians and civil servants. By spending time together in Westminster and the researcher’s labs, participants learn about each other’s work and gain a greater insight into how research findings can help inform policy making. 

Find out more and apply before Sunday 24 May

Translational research conference open for registration

Picture of the skyline of Pennsylvania.The University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) is holding its annual symposium, ITMAT15, on 12-13 October 2015 and registration is now open.

The conference has an outstanding programme (available to download here) of international speakers from the field of translational science.

Find out more about the conference and register here.

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. 

Last year we 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.

Remembering Brian Pentecost

Brian PentecostOur former Medical Director, Professor Brian Pentecost, sadly died in January. As well as having a productive clinical and academic career, Professor Pentecost played a major role in making the BHF what it is today. 

The British Medical Journal has now published a piece about his life and work.

Read Professor Pentecost's obituary in the BMJ.

Research experience for undergrads

MicroscopeOur Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Oxford is offering Vacation Studentships to talented and motivated undergraduates (both basic science and medics) to carry out a research project in one of their labs this Summer. 

These studentships will give successful applicants a taste of what it's like to work in cutting-edge cardiovascular research. Each will last 8 to 12 weeks. Students will receive a tax-free stipend of £200 per week and each host lab will receive £1,000 towards consumable costs. The student makes the application, and the deadline is Tuesday 31 March 2015.

Visit the Centre website to find out more and apply.

Cast your vote

Can you explain this? image of cellsWe're a partner for the Access to Understanding science writing competition which encourages early-career scientists to write about research in an accessible way. The competition has a People’s Choice Award where you can choose your favourite. 

Read the entries here and cast your vote.

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.

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.

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

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.