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The Alan Turing Institute and the British Heart Foundation to launch joint funding call in data science for cardiovascular research

This autumn, The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and The Alan Turing Institute will release a call for research grant applications through a dedicated joint funding scheme, with the goal of promoting multi-disciplinary research which could generate data science solutions to key cardiovascular problems.

The partnership between the BHF and the Institute follows a scoping workshop hosted by the two organisations in March 2017, which identified several areas where cardiovascular research would benefit from novel data science approaches, such as data access, privacy and anonymization, machine learning, image analysis, modelling and technical infrastructure. The joint funding scheme aims to support genuine collaborative research between cardiovascular investigator(s) and data scientist(s). Applications will be expected to:

  • be co-led by a cardiovascular investigator and a data scientist
  • illustrate the innovative nature and added value of the proposed work, which should utilise existing data (any patient data should be fully consented and anonymised)
  • define the impact of anticipated outcomes
  • describe clearly the contribution of each partner
  • provide a justification for the resource requested
  • be brief (up to 5 pages plus references)

The lead cardiovascular investigator on each application may be from any academic institution with established cardiovascular research activity. The lead data science partner should be associated with The Alan Turing Institute or one of its five founding university partners (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Warwick and UCL), and may co-lead only one application. Data scientists who are not directly involved with the Turing or its founding university partners may participate, but not lead a project. Most applications are expected to be for small scoping or pilot projects (up to £50K), but applications for more extensive work to deliver larger projects will also be considered. Applicants looking for funding to support large programmes of work, or applicants who are not affiliated with the Turing should consider applying to other BHF funding schemes which also encourage innovative multi-disciplinary proposals (see “What we fund”).

The call for applications is expected to be released in September 2017, with a submission deadline in mid-October 2017. All applications will be assessed by agile peer review by a multi-disciplinary expert panel and projects are expected to start in early 2018.

The aim of this pre-release is to give scientists in both communities an early opportunity to network and crystallise their ideas for truly innovative collaborative projects. Cardiovascular investigators seeking data science partners are invited to visit the Turing website for more information on its Fellows or can contact Jennifer Stuart (jstuart@turing.ac.uk), Strategic Support Manager, The Alan Turing Institute.

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