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My winning proposal: The heart of the matter


Insights from reviewing, applying for and winning British Heart Foundation grants

Top tips

  • Do not assume a greater degree of specialist knowledge than you would with a generalist medical funder.
  • If you are a fundamental researcher, stress how your work could translate into the clinic, but don’t overpromise.
  • Call the British Heart Foundation to discuss an idea with them before applying.
  • Logical and clear presentation matters.

The British Heart Foundation’s Project Grants scheme has been a mainstay of cardiovascular research funding for many years. The scheme’s preeminent status meant that grants were always highly competitive, but have become even more so since the Covid-19 pandemic. The charity was forced to restrict research funding for new grants to £51.9 million in the last financial year, down from £99.7m in 2019-20.

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