Translational Research Project (TRP) grants - Heart Research UK

Translational Research Project (TRP) grants

Translational Research Project Grants aim to bridge the gap between laboratory-based scientific research and patient care.


We particularly welcome applications in two categories:

First translational gap: Here we wish to support preclinical studies that apply discoveries generated in the laboratory to studies in humans. These studies should be applied in nature and directed at aetiology or treatments of diseases from the outset, not exploring fundamental mechanisms of biology or disease.

Second translational gap: Patient focused studies. Here we wish to support research that has a direct and immediate benefit on patient care including diagnostic, prevention and treatment strategies.

Translational research is dynamic and evolving process to continually improve healthcare and should not stop once the technology is at the patient’s bedside. It can be thought of as taking a scientific breakthrough from ‘laboratory bench to hospital bedside and back’ to be further improved.

This may advance current practice or enable innovative discoveries to be transferred into practical tools to prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease.

We have been awarding these grants since 2009 and they show our commitment to supporting innovative ‘bench-to-bedside’ research which can improve the health and treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease.

2020 Awards

Maximum award: £200,000

Grant applications are accepted from the beginning of May each year.

Deadline for applications: 1pm, 1st June 2020

Grants awarded: November 2020

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

Further details about how to apply will be available soon.

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 Heart Research UK Translational Research Project (TRP) Grants Medical Review Panel which includes the following members:

Dr May Azzawi
Manchester Metropolitan University
Mr Peter Braidley
Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
Professor Nicholas Brindle
University of Leicester
Prof Sheila Francis
University of Sheffield
Prof Anne Graham
University of Bradford
Prof Graeme Houston
University of Dundee
Prof Paolo Madeddu
University of Bristol
Prof Mamas Mamas
Keele University
Prof Giovanni Mann
King’s College London
Prof Patricia Munroe
Queen Mary University of London
Prof Khalid Naseem
University of Leeds
Prof Donald Singer
University of Warwick
Dr Stephen Wheatcroft
University of Leeds
Prof Azfar Zaman
Freeman Hospital and Newcastle University
In 2019, the award rate for TRP grants was 1 in 3.