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The Global Cardiovascular Research Funders Forum (GCRFF), in partnership with the American Heart Association, has launched the GCRFF Data Challenge. This is your opportunity to make a real impact on the future of cardiovascular and stroke research.

What’s the challenge?

✔ Analyse a rich dataset of grant funding information from GCRFF organisations using the AHA’s Precision Medicine Platform.
✔Apply advanced data analytics, including AI-based approaches, to uncover insights that will guide future funding decisions.
✔Help identify knowledge gaps, unmet needs, and potential collaborations that can accelerate progress in cardiovascular research.

Why participate?
– Win substantial cash prises: $20,000 for the winner, $5,000 for two runners-up.
– Contribute to shaping the direction of cardiovascular research funding.
– Get published in a peer-reviewed journal, boosting your research profile.
– Network and potentially collaborate with leading researchers and funding organisations globally.

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📅 Deadline for proposals: June 10, 2024.

This one-day face-to-face course on Monday 29 April aims to provide nurses with the knowledge and skills for developing their clinical career as a nurse in cardiology. The course takes place at the Royal Society of Medicine in London and is delivered through a blend of clinical teaching, advice on careers development and management skills. Run jointly by nurses and doctors, the one-day programme features excellent speakers and sessions for interactive discussion. Talks include those on developing a new service, how to develop yourself as a healthcare leader and careers in clinical research.

The course costs only £20 for joint BCS/BANCC members and £125 for non-members. For full programme details and booking click here. Please note you must be a current member of both BCS and BANCC to qualify for the joint BCS/BANCC members’ registration fee. 

We are pleased to announce that the Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers scheme, a collaborative initiative by the Academy of Medical Sciences and key partners, is now open for applications. This scheme aims to empower research-active Clinical Lecturers by providing funding of up to £30,000 to cover the cost of research consumables.

Launched in October 2008, this scheme has been a vital stepping stone for Clinical Lecturers, offering an opportunity to gather essential data that strengthens their bids for longer-term fellowships and funding. The grants are designed to bridge the funding gap for Clinical Lecturers, who often face challenges in securing funds for their research work.

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The BHF Data Science Centre, which is led by Health Data Research UK, is looking for an Associate Director to lead the new Kidney Data Science Catalyst. This partnership between the Centre, BHF and Kidney Research UK will accelerate the search for better prevention, treatment and diagnosis of kidney disease by harnessing the power of UK health data.

For more information on this exciting leadership opportunity, including background information on HDR UK, the BHF Data Science Centre and the new KRUK funded data science catalyst, please visit this link: Kidney Catalyst to accelerate the search for kidney disease treatment – British Heart Foundation – Data Science Centre (

The BHF Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) Team is seeking to develop the guidance and support we offer to researchers, wanting to involve patients and the public in their research. 

The importance of PPI has gained increasing recognition within health and social care research and is increasingly an expectation if not a requirement of research funders – including BHF. We therefore recognise the importance of ensuring that our research community is supported to conduct meaningful PPI, and would like to gain your insights, to understand what support and/or resources are most needed.

We would be grateful if you could spare 5 mins to complete the following survey.

Applications are invited for the BHF Consultant Research Award, intended to provide protected time to substantive NHS consultants to undertake cardiovascular research in addition to their clinical roles. Applicants can devote between 20% and 50% of their time over a period of 2-5 years to research.  The BHF encourage applications from everyone, and particularly welcome female applicants as they are currently underrepresented in this grant scheme. 

Applicants for this award are strongly encouraged to contact the BHF for an informal discussion before applying at and dates for applications are 31st of January and 24th of July 2024.

We’re pleased to let you know that an expression of interest to become a BHF funding reviewer has been set up. We are particularly interested to hear from mid-career researchers with established expertise and from under-represented groups, including women and researchers from an ethnic minority background. Please refer here for further information.

The Global Cardiovascular Research Funders Forum (GCRFF) is seeking information from the global cardiovascular research community to identify urgent research needs for women’s cardiovascular health. Researchers are invited to highlight priority research gaps from an international perspective. The collected responses will shape research priorities for an upcoming GCRFF international research funding opportunity. Follow the link below for more information and to submit your priorities.

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The Academy of Medical Sciences has introduced a pilot program to financially compensate patient and public contributors involved in developing grant applications. This initiative aims to support and diversify participation in grant application development, particularly for the Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers scheme, starting in January 2024.

Eligible applicants can receive up to £500 per Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) contributor, with a maximum of five contributors per grant application. This funding covers their time, reimbursing them at a rate of £25.00 per hour, in line with NIHR guidelines, and any associated expenses like travel and subsistence. Funding is granted on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to approval based on various criteria, including appropriate PPI methods, contributor details, relationships, and accessibility considerations, as per the Academy’s engagement definition. This initiative aims to enhance collaboration and skill development while valuing the contributions of patient and public contributors.

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There is still time to have your say on future research priorities for cardiomyopathy!

By responding to the survey below, you can contribute to prioritising the research questions in this next stage of the process. Survey closes 3rd December.

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We are very glad to share this fantastic opportunity for individuals and teams to enhance their clinical skills and experiences within a global centre of excellence:

  • Individual Clinical Placement: Up to 3 months of training with a max award value of £24,000.
  • Team Placement: Open to teams of up to six NHS cardiovascular professionals with a max award per team of £13,000.

Ideal for a diverse range of healthcare professionals, including trainee and consultant cardiologists, cardiology nurse specialists, cath-lab staff, physiologists, scientists, and other Allied Health Professions (AHP) groups.

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In partnership with the British Pharmacological Society, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine and the Faculty of Public Health, the RCP has developed an e-learning programme for the National Institute for Health and Care Research, aimed at facilitating the wider participation of healthcare professionals in research.

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The BCS has formed a new partnership with Heart Research UK to create a clinical fellowship scheme. The BCS/HRUK scheme offers clinical top-up training, allowing candidates across the NHS workforce to gain new clinical skills or experience in a global centre of excellence.

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The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) e-learning course in partnership with Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation and the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in AI for Healthcare at Imperial College London, to build AI awareness and knowledge for professionals developing and delivering research.

The self-paced training course is designed for clinical researchers that could benefit from AI methods. Specific groups include research nurses, research managers, full-time researchers and clinicians.

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The BHF CRC offer UK researchers the opportunity to consult with a leading CTU to address questions in, and refine the design of, research projects. Eligible projects must be towards the later stages of development (rather than conceptual) and be of sufficient scale or merit that they will attract the support of one of our established Research Groups. Smaller scale studies or those in early-stage development are not applicable for this initiative and should be directed towards the NIHR Research Design Service. Researchers can choose the CTU they would like to work with from the list of our partnered CTUs.

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