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.

How to apply

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

Maximum award:

Deadline for applications: 1pm, 1 June 2019
Grants awarded: November 2019

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 contact Heart Research UK on 0113 234 7474 or email

Details of the 2019 grant round 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:

Prof Yvonne Alexander, Manchester Metropolitan University
Mr Peter Braidley, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
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, William Harvey Research Institute
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 2017, the award rate for TRP grants was 1 in 3.