The BHF CRC Research Development Fund 2024 is now open!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Research Development Fund (RDF) 2024. This grant programme is designed to support UK-based research teams in developing their clinical research ideas and gathering pilot data for larger studies with the potential to significantly impact heart health.

The BHF CRC RDF offers grants of up to £10,000 to support the development of future research activity, and would be particularly keen to support projects that encourage the involvement and training of early stage researchers. These grants can be used for various activities, including:

• 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.

Who Should Apply?

We encourage applications from research teams based in the UK. To be eligible, your project must be endorsed by at least one of our national Research Groups.

What We Don’t Fund

The BHF CRC RDF focuses on supporting the development of clinical research projects. Therefore, we don’t fund:

• Basic science projects
• Extensions to or support of funded projects (including research teams in receipt of strategic funding)
• Stand-alone, smaller-scale clinical research with no clear link to a specific future project

What Makes Your Project Stand Out?

We prioritise funding for projects that demonstrate the following:

• They address important research questions aligned with the priorities of our RGs.
• They have the potential to act as a springboard for larger, impactful clinical studies with the potential to improve heart health outcomes.
• They would be unlikely to progress without this crucial grant support.

Ready to Apply?

The BHF CRC RDF 2024 application window is now open! Here are the key dates to keep in mind:

Application Opens: May 20th, 2024
• Closing Date for Submissions: July 15th, 2024
• Notification of Award Decisions: September 23rd, 2024

To access application forms and submit your enquiry, please contact us at

Find Out More

For more details about the BHF CRC RDF 2024, eligibility criteria, and selection procedures, please visit the BHF CRC RDF site.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and supporting the development of clinical research in cardiovascular health.