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 sessions last half a day and offer a beginner’s guide to the media, giving an insight into the way the news media works. The sessions are not practical media training but will give you a flavour of the news media to help you understand its demands and make it easier for you to work with journalists.
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 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.
Sign up for the Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training
The Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training is a unique cross-specialty event designed to bring clinical academic trainees together to present their work, meet one another and network with senior scientists.
The meeting takes place at the Royal College of Physicians on 23 February 2017 from 9am until 6pm.
Register to attend the 2017 Spring Meeting here.
What does the EU Referendum mean for UK research?
The UK receives a significant amount of research funding from the EU, researchers collaborate across borders and research is undertaken adhering to EU laws.
It is not yet clear what the full impact of the EU Referendum result will be on the research environment but over the next two years we will be working hard to ensure we achieve the best possible outcome for medical research.
We appreciate that this a particularly uncertain time for colleagues from EU countries working in the UK. In the short term, we expect no changes but we will be monitoring any developments carefully. As things develop we will continue to keep you updated here and through our researcher newsletter.
In the meantime, if you would like to speak to us, please contact Jennifer Boon, Policy Manager.
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.
BHF Professor announced as our Medical Director
The University of Leicester researcher Professor Sir Nilesh Samani has taken up the role of Medical Director at the BHF. BHF Professor Samani took up the role in October 2016 when Professor Peter Weissberg retired 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.
Changes to our Intermediate Clinical Fellowships
As 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 [email protected]. Find out more about what our new Research Strategy means in practice here.
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.
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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