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The British Heart Foundation launches the Big Beat Challenge at the European Society of Cardiology Congress

04 Sep 2018

A £30 million research award for the world’s greatest minds to tackle the world’s biggest killers

The British Heart Foundation (BHF), a World Heart Federation (WHF) member partner, recently launched a major international initiative – the Big Beat Challenge: a single research award of up to £30 million over 5 years. The aim is to challenge the global research community to identify a significant problem or opportunity in heart and circulatory science or medicine, which if solved or seized at scale could generate substantial progress towards real patient benefit. This will be one of the largest and most ambitious grants of its kind. The winning team will need to mobilise knowledge, talent and resources from new areas and sectors, working on a scale above and beyond existing programmes. The award is in addition to their regular research funding which currently stands at £100 million per year. You can find more information about the Big Beat Challenge on their website.

BHF believes the Big Beat Challenge will inspire researchers and innovators around the world to come together in unprecedented ways to achieve true innovation in providing tangible benefit to those suffering from one or more heart or circulatory diseases, and so does WHF. You can find reaction to the launch of this initiative in the most recent edition of Nature.

WHF applauds applaud and support BHF in this exciting challenge!  If you would like to hear more about the Big Beat Challenge, or if you would like to discuss opportunities to work together, please get in touch at [email protected]