Translational Research Project (TRP) grants

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

We understand that most research in universities has

been halted and therefore we have decided to

suspend TRP, Scotland and PhD Studentship

grants until 2021. Please keep an eye on the

Heart Research UK website for further updates.


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.

2021 Awards:

Details 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 contact Heart Research UK on 0113 234 7474 or email

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

Prof Nicholas Brindle
University of Leicester

Prof Sheila Francis
University of Sheffield

Prof Anne Graham
University of Bradford

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 one in