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If you aren't a named Investigator/Collaborator (listed here), please contact one to apply for funds together.

The British Heart Foundation has renewed the Cambridge BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Research Excellence (CRE) for another five years (2019-2024), and the CRE has provisionally allocated £1M to pump-priming through an annual call.

Centre investigators and collaborators will be invited to apply for the several rounds of these funds. Projects can be based partly outside CRE investigators and collaborators, but the application must come from CRE PIs. We will fund awards of up to £50,000 per application, but requests for smaller awards are encouraged. The overall goal is to allow researchers to be more responsive and innovative, and to maximise leverage for the Centre. In particular, pump-priming awards should provide an opportunity to obtain pilot data that enables subsequent submission of a grant or fellowship application to an external funding agency.

All applications must be in line with the Centre’s aims and scientific strategy as detailed in the original application. Priority will be given to interdisciplinary and cross-Departmental proposals that join two or more of the research themes (Vascular Medicine; Population Sciences; Functional Genomics; Cardiometabolic Medicine) and/or that have translational focus.

Applications should be a maximum of three A4 pages in length (Arial pt 11, 1-inch margins) and contain the following information:

  • Project title;
  • CRE PI and co-Investigators/Collaborators (names & affiliations);
  • External collaborators involved (if applicable);
  • Proposed project start and end date;
  • An abstract of <300 words;
  • Background and preliminary data;
  • Clearly stated hypothesis and project aims;
  • Details of the work to be undertaken incl. references. Essential Figures must be embedded in the text;
  • An outline of expected pilot data to be generated and plans for the subsequent external grant/fellowship application;
  • A summary of the funding requested incl. costs breakdown and justification;
  • Any other relevant information.

Funds can be used towards consumables, equipment, animal costs and travel to relevant meetings. Where possible, staff costs should be covered by existing contracts, although short-term bridging funds (for <6 months) may be available where justified.

Applications will be assessed and ranked by the Centre Steering group members.

Please email your queries to Dr Jane Sugars.


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