BHF-German Centre for Cardiovascular Research Partnership Funding Scheme: call for applications

A partnership between the British Heart Foundation and the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research to fund innovative cardiovascular research projects.

The BHF and German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (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. It is not intended to fund clinical trials, PhD students or Fellows. Partnerships that involve a multidisciplinary approach are strongly encouraged.

Applications must be led by a single principal investigator (PI) in each country. Co-applicants can be from up to two institutions in each country. The total number of named applicants should not exceed three in each country. Applications may include participation of commercial partners, though the PI must be academics. It is expected that the PIs and/or CoIs will already be in receipt of funding from the BHF or will already be DZHK PIs or registered DZHK scientists.

There will be an annual call for funding by this partnership scheme, running for three years in the first instance. Up to €4 million will be available to the scheme each year, with a maximum of €2 million to be spent in each nation.

Grants will be awarded by competitive selection and will provide funding for research programmes for up to 4 years. It is expected that one or two programmes per year will be funded. The level of support requested for a proposed programme is therefore expected to be in the range from around €2 million to a maximum of €4 million if fully justified. While the extent of scientific support requested may be similar in the UK and Germany, this is not a requirement and the requested resource in each country should be driven purely by the science. Staff costs should be based on national scales.

Outline applications for the first round of funding in 2018 are invited, with a deadline of 1 June 2018. An application should be for a specific hypothesis-led and focussed research project or programme. This is an open call with no specific restrictions on the scientific theme. Please read the instructions for outline applications.