[ British Heart Foundation | Research funding on heart and circulatory disease ]
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is a medical research charity established in the UK in 1961 to support research into all forms of heart and circulatory disease. Despite the advances in the fight against these diseases, the World Health Organization predicts that, by 2030, the annual number of deaths from cardiovascular disease will rise to almost 24 million.
In order to find transformative research solutions to this growing global burden, the foundation has launched a global competition: the Big Beat Challenge. The foundation is looking for transformational solutions to a significant problem in heart and circulatory disease. Proposed projects must look beyond incremental gains and accelerates research breakthroughs that could transform lives across the globe.
Who can apply:
- The challenge is open to international multi-disciplinary teams of scientists, clinicians, innovators and entrepreneurs anywhere in the world.
- Applicants can come from any domain, e.g. academia, industry, technology.
Funding: the competition will culminate with a single research award of max. £30 million. However, depending on the quality of the applications received, the foundation may decide to fund more than one award in this round of funding.
Eligible costs: personnel costs (excl. the PI’s salary if he/she is salaried at an institution), research-related costs and, for applicants outside the UK, 10% overheads.
Duration: 4-7 years.
- If interested, please complete your outline proposal on the online application portal, generate a PDF and submit it to [email protected] by Monday, 10 June 2019 to obtain the institutional support.
- Deadline for outline proposals: 14 June 2019
- In late 2019, 20 outline proposals will be invited to progress to a full application (deadline: early/mid 2020). Shortlisted proposals are expected to engage public interest and support through, for instance, media, events, meetings and site visits. Note that your lay summary and extracts from your application may be shared with potential donors for the purpose of raising funds for the Big Beat Challenge.
- Proposals are sent to independent peer review before being assessed by the foundation’s relevant scientific committee. The final decision is made by Board of Trustees and communicated in mid/late 2020.
For further information, please have a look at the call webpage, guidelines, FAQs, online application portal and supported projects. This call is also featured in the EPFL Research Office News feed.