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British Heart Foundation Personal Chair scheme

17 December 2015

The British Heart Foundation have a Personal Chair scheme - outlined below - and the Research & Enterprise Development team (RED)are putting in place an internal process to make sure we have a coordinated approach to this scheme/the BHF. There will be three internal deadlines per year, with the first being 5pm on 27th January 2016.

  • Senior research leader in clinical or basic cardiovascular science with an established international reputation.
  • Substantial output of high impact research papers.
  • Long-term track record of attracting significant peer-reviewed research grant income as principal investigator.
  • Normally less than 55 years at time of appointment.
What is included
  • The award will pay the professor’s salary if requested. NB if, by taking over payment of the professor’s salary, the BHF is releasing a salary previously paid by the university, the BHF will require a defined commitment from the university to use the money directly for the support of the professor;
  • A fully costed programme of research for the next 5 years, usually the equivalent of a BHF Programme Grant;
  • Core research support or research administration posts that directly assist the professor’s research;
  • A discretionary fund of £20,000 a year;
  • A £250k start-up fund (if a newly appointed Professor, or recently moved to the institution);
  • Entitlement to request additional support for up to 15 months’ salary to secure recruitment of a talented individual with the expectation that their future funding will be acquired by a separate grant application.  Only one of these can be in post at a time.
Notes: Preliminary applications must be made by the head of your School/Faculty so if you are interested you need to have discussed this with them and have their support. The BHF does not have specific deadlines for this scheme. 
Internal process:
Interested applicants to send Zoe Holland ( the following information (which will be required at the outline stage application to the BHF too):
  1. Your full CV (including a summary of all current or anticipated BHF and non-BHF funded research grants that would be active during the first 5 years of the award);
  2. A paragraph on how you and your research fit with the University’s strategy for cardiovascular research, and how a BHF Chair appointment for you would strengthen the strategy;
  3. A brief outline of the proposed associated programme of research for the first 5 years, with a rough budget.
Please also send a summary of conversations you have had, if any, with the BHF about an application. 
An internal panel, involving the two medical faculty Deans, the PVC-Health, and the Chair of the BCV Steering Committee, will assess and provide feedback on the applications. 
The first deadline is 5pm on 27th January 2016, and the subsequent deadlines will be roughly every 4 months, and will shortly be advertised on the RED major bids webpages here ( 
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