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British and German researchers to unite in fight against cardiovascular disease

The German Centre for Cardiovascular Disease (DZHK) has announced a new €12 million partnership with the British Heart Foundation, to fund ground-breaking research and foster international collaboration.

The two organisations have come together to create an award scheme to fund research projects across international borders, tackling new and globally important questions in heart and circulatory disease. The collaboration hopes to highlight the benefits of international research partnerships during ongoing negotiations regarding the UK’s departure from the EU.

The €12 million scheme will focus on projects to improve diagnosis, prevention or treatment and hopes to fund innovative projects that could cover a number of disciplines, from biochemistry and medicine to data science and artificial intelligence. The joint scheme will  provide research funding of up to €4 million every year for at least 3 years, with up to €2 million to be spent in each country.

The scheme is expected to fund one or two projects per year and successful projects could run for up to 4 years. 

Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation said:

“Many of the researchers we fund already work with scientists right across Europe. At a time when our relationship with the EU is being redefined, it’s critical that we have a clear vision of how we’ll continue to foster this kind of collaborative environment. That is what makes this such an exciting partnership.

“The scientists funded by the BHF and the DZHK carry out world-class research and have a shared vision of beating cardiovascular disease. By enabling them to combine their expertise, we want to elevate both the scope and impact of the research discoveries that arise to a whole new level and ultimately improve the way we can diagnose and treat heart patients.”

Professor Thomas Eschenhagen, Chairman of the DZHK

“We are very excited by this new joint funding scheme. It is an excellent opportunity to strengthen the firm ties between British and German cardiovascular scientists in times of centrifugal forces and do things we couldn´t do at the respective national level. It is a signal that science reaches beyond national borders – as does cardiovascular disease. We need new ways to fight cardiovascular disease and believe that the BHF/DZHK funding scheme could make a difference.”


Christine Vollgraf, Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Deutsches Zentrum für Herz-Kreislauf-Forschung (DZHK), Tel.: 030 3465 529 02, presse(at)