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BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION PERSONAL AWARDS BASIC SCIENTISTS. Dr Shannon Amoils Senior Research Advisor British Heart Foundation. An introduction to the British Heart Foundation Overview of our current research funding Personal Awards for basic scientists How we award

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British heart foundation personal awards basic scientists

BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION PERSONAL AWARDS

BASIC SCIENTISTS

Dr Shannon Amoils

Senior Research Advisor

British Heart Foundation


British heart foundation

An introduction to the British Heart Foundation

Overview of our current research funding

Personal Awards for basic scientists

How we award

What makes a successful fellowship application

British Heart Foundation


British heart foundation1

Founded in 1961

Charitable organisation – all our income comes from public donation

Single largest funder of cardiovascular research in the UK

We spend £80-£100m on cardiovascular research every year

Aim is to fund pioneering research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease

Fund basic and clinical research focusing on the heart and circulatory system

British Heart Foundation


British heart foundation personal awards basic scientists

Other

clinical studies

15%

Current funding - overview

Epidemiology/ Clinical trials

15%

Research portfolio

~£400m

Laboratory science

70%


British heart foundation personal awards basic scientists

5y Programme Grants

Studentships

Fellowships

Professors

3y Project Grants

Programmes

35%

Infra-structure and Centres

10%

Projects

25%

Current funding - overview

£80-100 million per yr

People

30%


Current funding overview

Funding is response mode – with the exception of a few calls for applications for substantial funding on a specific theme

Research Excellence Awards

6 centres awarded 2013

emphasis on training and multidisciplinary research

Centres of Regenerative Medicine

3 centres awarded 2013

Mending Broken Hearts Appeal

programme of investment in cardiovascular regenerative medicine research

Current funding - overview


Current funding overview1

Spending controlled by 3 committees, each meeting 4x per yr:

Project Grants Committee (22 members)

Fellowships Committee (7 members)

Chairs & Programme Grants Committee (11 members)

Current funding - overview


Personal awards non clinical

Advanced Training Award (2-3y)

Immediate Postdoctoral Fellowship

(3-4y)

Career Re-entry Fellowship (3-4y)

Personal awards – non-clinical

PhD studentship (3 or 4y)

Postdoctoral RA on project grant (1-2 x 3y)

Intermediate Basic Science Fellowship (4-5y)

Includes research costs and technician/RA

Senior Basic Science Fellowship (5y: renewable)

Includes research costs and technician/RA; renewable at 50% salary

BHF Professor (10y: reviewed at 5y)

Named Research Associate, Co-applicant, Principal Investigator

Includes programme grant funding for research


Immediate postdoctoral fellowship

For the most outstanding newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to start establishing an independent cardiovascular research career

Apply in the final year of PhD or within 1y of the PhD viva

Award includes personal salary and research expenses for 3y (possibility of a 1y extension)

Up to 18 months of the award should be spent overseas or in a second UK institution

Immediate Postdoctoral Fellowship


Advanced training award

To provide younger researchers with an opportunity to move into cardiovascular science from a different field or to gain additional expertise in a different field within cardiovascular science

Apply within 2-3y of submitting PhD thesis

Award includes personal salary and research expenses for 2-3y

Successful candidates are likely to be moving to a strong cardiovascular research environment where their existing skills will be useful in future cardiovascular research

Advanced Training Award


Intermediate fellowship

For talented individuals intending to become research leaders, ready to establish independence

Candidates are usually 3-6y since PhD, with a series of first or senior author research papers in high quality journals

Personal salary, research expenses and technical support

Award for 4y, (1y can be spent overseas if justified)

Possibility of 1y extension

Intermediate Fellowship


Senior fellowship

For outstanding scientists expected to reach Reader or Professor level in less than 5y

Candidates are usually 7-10y since PhD, with an established track record of research leadership, often a previous Intermediate Fellow

Personal salary, research expenses and technical support if justified for 5y (up to 1y overseas if justified)

Competitive renewal possible, host institution must then pay 50% personal salary

Senior Fellowship


Career re entry fellowship

To enable successful post-doctoral scientists to re-enter research after a career break of longer than 2y

Award includes personal salary, research expenses and technical support post if justified

Duration of the award is 3y

Possibility of a 1y extension

Career Re-entry Fellowship


Personal awards clinical

Personal awards – clinical

Clinical Research Training Fellowship (3y)

Intermediate Clinical Research Fellowship (4-5y)

Pre or post CCT, includes research costs and technician/RA

Senior Clinical Research Fellowship (5y)

Includes research costs, renewable once only at 50% salary

BHF Professor (10y: reviewed at 5y)

Includes programme grant funding for research

Research Leave Fellowship


British heart foundation personal awards basic scientists

Peer review

Sent out to at least 3 external UK (international) reviewers

2 committee members each provide reviews

Fellowship Committee (4 times/yr)

Some decisions made prior to committee

Rest are discussed

Don’t rank applications

Panel interview

Senior Fellows, some Intermediate Fellows,

all Immediate Fellows

Award or Reject

(Can often reapply)

How we award

Application submitted [no outline required]


Award numbers non clinical

Award numbers - non clinical


Assessing fellowship applications

Person – quality of the applicant

Project – quality of the science

Place – quality of the research environment

Assessing fellowship applications


Before you start your application

Is this the right time for you to be making this application?

if in doubt – ask advice

ask your mentors

contact us, send us your CV, come and talk to us

Is this the right place to conduct your research with the appropriate expertise?

Have you chosen the right supervisor?

Have you chosen the right collaborators?

If there’s a gap in your expertise, choose collaborators to fill the gap

Before you start your application


What makes a good project

Logic

Originality

Feasibility

Compelling pilot data

What makes a good project?


Key points about any application 1

Must provide the scientific foundation for your project, citing the appropriate papers

It’s your job to show why your science is important and worth doing, and why you have the right credentials to do it

Aims must be clear

Hypotheses must be testable (not vague aspirations)

Key points about any application [1]


Key points about any application 2

Experimental plans must be focussed, detailed and test the hypotheses

Must provide pilot data to back up your approach

Should be at least predominantly achievable by the end of the award

Make sure all your aims aren’t dependent on each other

Career intentions – clear statement

Strong letters of support

Key points about any application [2]


Before you submit your application

Make sure you have laid out the application correctly and followed the funder’s instructions

Get advice from your colleagues – the next pair of eyes seeing your application should not be those of the reviewers

Before you submit your application


Otherwise you ll get comments like

The project is overambitious and lacks preliminary data. Without these data it is too high risk to fund.

The applicant has little expertise in this area and this is also not an area of expertise of his supervisor.

It is not clear how the applicant’s research pathway is different to that of the host department. It is also not clear whether he will drive the work forward independently.

The application is densely presented, with small font and no margins – it is extremely difficult to read. The applicant clearly can’t present his ideas in a concise way and this is reflected in the overambitious nature of the project.

Otherwise you’ll get comments like…


When you want comments like

Dr XXX is a strong candidate for an Intermediate Fellowship. The publications from his PhD and his awards mark him out as an able clinician researcher. He has begun to develop his own programme of research attracting funding to support this. He has the appropriate facilities available to him and strong support from his supervisors and mentors.

When you want comments like…

AWARD


New bhf fellows

New BHF Fellows

Tamara Girbl

QMUL

Maarten Koeners

University of Bristol

Alan Lawrie

University of Sheffield


Bhf fellows

BHF Fellows


Thank you

Thank you

Shannon Amoils

[email protected]

bhf.org.uk/research/research-grants.aspx


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