International Cardiovascular Research Partnership Awards – ICRPA 2024

Cardiovascular disease is a global problem, which is why the DZHK collaborates with researchers around the world. Since 2018, the DZHK has been running a joint funding programme with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), in which the Dutch Heart Foundation (DHF, in Dutch: Hartstichting) has also been involved since 2019.

In 2024, investigators based in France are invited to apply for the first time, as the Lefoulon-Delalande Foundation has joined the programme as a fourth funding partner. The BHF-DHF-DZHK collaboration is now called the International Cardiovascular Research Partnerships Awards, or ICRPA 2024 for short.

Each project must be co-led by at least three independent, mid-career Principal Investigators, each based in one of the four participating countries – France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Our aim is to foster international collaboration between mid-career researchers who aspire to become leaders in their field of cardiovascular research. Multidisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged.

The focus of the funding line is on preclinical research that contributes to the improvement of clinical diagnosis, prevention or treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

After five successful rounds, which resulted in 16 jointly funded collaborative projects, the ICRPA Call 2024 marks the start of a sixth round of the competition. Scientists from Germany who are members of the DZHK are eligible to apply.

Projects can be funded for up to four years and with a total budget of up to €2 million. The DZHK will provide a maximum of €500,000 for projects with DZHK participation and for a maximum of two projects.


How it works

Researchers with DZHK status (> Check status) should email bhfcooperation(at) to confirm their eligibility for funding. Please note that all prospective applicants are required to contact the funders in their respective countries to discuss their eligibility as PIs before submitting an application.

When contacting the head office for an eligibility check, please include the following information/documents in your email:

  • CV (incl. information regarding parental leave, if applicable)
  • names of prospective international PIs
  • title or topic of the proposal

We will then send you a link to the BHF Grant Management System where you can complete and submit the application form online.

Detailed information on the call for proposals:


All jointly funded projects at a glance

More information about the projects with DZHK participation


Information on previous funding 

BHF-DHF-DZHK cooperation 2023/2024: Awards made in the fifth round press release

BHF-DHF-DZHK cooperation 2022: Awards made in the fourth round press release

BHF-DHF-DZHK cooperation 2021: Awards made in the third round; to the overview on

BHF-DHF-DZHK cooperation 2019/2020: Awards made in the second round press release

BHF-DZHK cooperation 2018/2019: Awards made in the first round press release