Research Development Fund

The BHF CRC recognises that clinical research project development can be enhanced by access to specialist support.

We offer the opportunities to bid for funds to support the development of clinical research in cardiovascular disease and improve the impact and value of the work of researchers. The fund provides grants up to £10k.

To find out more about the type of projects we have funded through the Research Development Fund, please click here.

Purpose of the fund

The aim of this fund is to support the development of ideas or gather pilot data in preparation for a larger clinical study program. Examples might include:
• Assessment of clinical research priorities (including service user reviews)
• Systematic reviews
• Grant targeting and preparation
• Collecting meaningful pilot data
• Study development – collaborative work to develop a study protocol, optimise a study design and analysis plan

Please note that this fund is not intended to fund the performance of independent clinical research and should be used to aid the development of future larger scale clinical research activity.


This funding is open to all cardiovascular clinical researchers in the UK. A letter of support is required from a BHF CRC integrated research group (RG) before applying. Please ensure you have contacted the most relevant specialist society’s research group  and have obtained their support for your application.  Other RGs may also offer support, but one RG must act as the main supporter. This includes the following societies:

  • Association for Inherited Cardiac Conditions (AICC)
  • British Association for Nursing in Cardiovascular Care (BANCC)
  • British and Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS)
  • British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR)
  • British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS)
  • British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA)
  • British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS)
  • British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging/of Cardiac Computed Tomography (BSCI/BSCCT)
  • British Society for Heart Failure (BSH)
  • British Society of Cardio-Oncology (BCOS)
  • British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSCMR)
  • British Society of Echocardiography (BSE)
  • Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS)
  • Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS)
  • Society for Cardiac Science and Technology (SCST)

Please ensure you contact the research group of the society chosen and not a member in another position within the society. If you need any guidance in contacting the most suitable person, contact us at 

The next round of the Research Development Fund will open on the 20th of May.


Should you require any further information, advice or guidance on this funding call, please contact the BHF CRC Core team via email

Guidance Notes 
Application Form

Research Development Fund News