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.

Please note that from 2021, Heart Research UK is introducing a dedicated PhD studentship scheme and therefore studentships can no longer be applied for as part of a TRP Grant.

2021 Awards:

Maximum award: £200,000 

Closing date for applications: 1pm, 1st June 2021

Award announced: November 2021

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

To apply

Please download the following application form and supporting documents to apply for a TRP Grant.

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 Amrita Ahluwalia
Queen Mary University of London

Dr May Azzawi (Vice-Chair)
Manchester Metropolitan University

Prof Rene Botnar
King’s College London

Prof Nicholas Brindle
University of Leicester

Mr Peter Braidley
Northern General Hospital, Sheffield

Prof Anne Graham
University of Bradford

Prof Helen Jones
Liverpool John Moores University

Prof Pier Lambiase
University College London

Prof Paolo Madeddu
University of Bristol

Dr Pasquale Maffia
University of Glasgow

Prof Mamas Mamas
Keele University

Prof Patricia Munroe
Queen Mary University of London

Prof Steve Watson
University of Birmingham

Dr Stephen Wheatcroft
University of Leeds

Prof Azfar Zaman (Chair)
Freeman Hospital and Newcastle University

In 2019, the award rate for TRP grants was one in