The British Heart Foundation is offering a single research award of £30 million to fund “radical ideas from ambitious, diverse teams”.
The Big Beat Challenge aims to encourage international researchers and innovators to identify a real-world challenge, significant unmet need, or an opportunity for game-changing innovation in heart and circulatory science or medicine.
The project is seeking proposals for innovative solutions that move beyond incremental gains and work towards a tangible change that would not otherwise be possible. Applicants are encouraged to submit bold ideas that are extraordinary, even radical.
Applications must be from teams that demonstrate a high level of collaboration, with knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines and sectors, combining expertise in a way that is not already happening. Proposals must seek to address a specific area of unmet need and a clear route to patient benefit that is as comprehensible to the general public as it is to patients, healthcare professionals and researchers. Applicants must also demonstrate that their project would not be possible without the scale of funding being offered.
The closing date for outline applications is June 2019. It is expected that shortlisted applications will be announced in late 2019 and final applications will be invited in the early part of next year. The winning proposal will be announced in mid-late 2020.
For further information and to apply online, click here.