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Heart Research UK awards grants for research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.  Also, our Masterclasses provide educational and training opportunities for clinicians.

Currently, there are two types of medical research grant available:

Translational Research Project Grants:  

Up to £150,000 each. These grants aim to bridge the gap between scientific research and patient care, bringing about clinical benefits in the most efficient way. This may advance current practice or enable innovative discoveries to be efficiently transferred into practical tools to prevent, diagnose and treat human disease.

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Novel and Emerging Technologies Grants:

A maximum of £250,000 is available.  Research projects with an emphasis on (1) novel and emerging technologies and (2) their application to cardiovascular disease prevention and/or treatment, which can be expected to benefit patients within a foreseeable timeframe, will be considered. Appropriate approaches include tissue and bioengineering, the development and evaluation of new diagnostic and therapeutic devices, bioimaging, nanotechnology, biomaterials, genomic and proteomic approaches, computational biology and bioinformatics. NET Grants are not appropriate for funding clinical trials.

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PhD studentships:

HRUK does not have a specific grant scheme for PhD studentships but PhD funding can be applied for as part of a Translational Research Project (TRP) Grant or a Novel and Emerging Technologies (NET) Grant. Applications can include funding for a stipend of up to £16,000 per annum, university tuition fees (UK rate) and research consumables up to £5,000 per annum.  To apply for funding to support a PhD studentship, the proposed supervisor must complete and submit the appropriate application form, together with 'Appendix 1 - PhD Details', by the TRP or NET closing date.

Aortic Fellowship:

Thanks to funding from Heart Research UK, a new Aortic Surgery Fellowship has been established at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.  Omar Nawaytou, a Specialist Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery, is our first-ever Aortic Fellow and began his Fellowship in February 2016.  Omar will be working for a year with consultant cardiac surgeons Professor Aung Oo, Mr Manoj Kuduvalli, Mr Mark Field and Miss Deborah Harrington giving him unparalleled experience in different aortic operations, developing the skills and expertise needed to carry out these lifesaving operations. 

Masterclass series:

Places on our Masterclasses are free to delegates with registration and accomodation costs funded by Heart Research UK.  They are the ideal opportunity to gain new skills, knowledge and hands-on experience of the latest techniques from leading experts in the field.  Topics of recent Masterclasses have included 'Arterial Revascularisation for CABG', 'CMR for Coronary Heart Disease' and 'Aortic Arch Surgery'. Read more about our Masterclasses