Novel and Emerging Technologies (NET) Grants - Heart Research UK

Novel and Emerging Technologies (NET) Grants

This unique grant gives researchers the opportunity to apply for funding to develop a novel and emerging technology or a new application of an existing technology.

NET grants are research projects which focus on the development of new and innovative technologies to diagnose, treat and prevent heart disease and related conditions. We’ve been awarding these NET grants since 2006.


Research projects with the emphasis on (1) novel and emerging technologies and (2) their application into 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 devices, bio imaging, nanotechnology, biomaterials, genomic, and proteomic approaches, computational biology and bioinformatics.

Funding clinical trials through the NET Grant scheme is not appropriate. However, research projects incorporating a small scale clinical study to demonstrate the feasibility of the technology will be considered, providing that the clinical study is not the main focus of the research programme. Projects that are more specifically clinically focused should be directed to the Translational Research Project (TRP) grants scheme.

For example, the grant may support emerging strategies/ technologies in the management of risk factors, the evaluation of invasive cardiology procedures (eg angioplasty and stent replacement), and evaluation of new surgical approaches to cardiovascular disease, strategies aimed at improving the efficacy of ventricle assist and other devices, and the outcomes of resuscitation after cardiac arrest.

A multidisciplinary approach is encouraged. Proposals should be based on excellent science and also clearly describe the future clinical implications and the translational strategy.

How to apply

All applicants for a NET grant must complete a one-page outline application form which summarises the research proposal and justifies its eligibility for the NET scheme, and also provides an estimate of costs.

The purpose of the outline application is to establish that the proposed work clearly falls within the remit of the NET grant scheme and scientific assessment of your work will not occur at this stage. Applicants on those proposals that are acceptable will be invited to submit an application.

Completed forms should be sent by email

A blank outline application form is available to download below at the end of these guidelines. Please ensure that you have read the Terms and Conditions, Grant policy and information documents before submitting your outline application form. Full applications will be shortlisted and these applicants invited to give a presentation at the Medical Review Panel Meeting on 23 May 2019.

2020 Awards

Maximum award: £250,000

Outline applications accepted: 1 September 2019 – 1 October 2019

Deadline full applications: 1pm, 9 January 2020

Medical Review Panel Meeting: May / June 2020 (date to be announced)

Please note that the HRUK office is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, and therefore deliveries cannot be accepted at the weekend.

For more information about grants please contact Heart Research UK on 0113 234 7474 or email

NET Outline Application Form 2020

NET Application Form 2020

NET Appendix 1 Form 2020

NET Grant Policy and Info 2020

NET Grant Terms & Conditions 2020

How they are chosen

As a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), we use a rigorous scientific review process to ensure that we fund only the best research projects in universities and hospitals.

All grant applications are assessed by carefully selected external peer-reviewers, in addition to the HRUK NET Medical Review Panel which includes the following members:

Prof Nawwar Al-Attar
Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank
Prof Raimondo Ascione
University of Bristol
Prof Alejandro Frangi
University of Leeds
Prof Jon Gibbins
University of Reading
Prof Terence Gourlay
University of Strathclyde
Prof John Greenwood
University of Leeds
Prof Julian Gunn
University of Sheffield
Dr Christopher McCormick
University of Strathclyde
Dr Nicola Smart
University of Oxford
Prof Peter Weinberg
Imperial College London

In 2018, we received 35 outline applications, 18 full NET applications and 3 NET grants were awarded.