The BHF Data Science Centre, led by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), has today launched a rapid grant funding call to advance data-led research in cardiovascular disease, stroke, and the interaction with COVID-19.
The aim of this call is to support data science on COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease and/or stroke, with a total fund of £50,000 to support new or existing research as part of the CVD-COVID-UK Consortium. In addition, the BHF DSC Health Data Science team will be provide full data curation – generating analysis-ready datasets the projects.
We expect to fund 2 projects in total, both focusing on the causes, consequences, or care of stroke. The resulting research outputs should have the potential to make a positive impact on the lives or experiences of patients with stroke.
The BHF Data Science Centre was set up to enable and accelerate data-led research to improve the public’s heart and circulatory health. During the pandemic, much of our work switched to focus on COVID-19.
One area of our current activity is the CVD-COVID-UK/COVID-IMPACT Consortium, which brings together researchers from all over the UK to look at the relationship between cardiovascular health and COVID-19. The programme allows linkage across patient datasets within three national Trusted Research Environments (TREs) in the UK to help understand the relationship between COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease. Approved researchers can remotely access and link de-identified datasets including national hospital, primary care, and COVID-19 test data with cardiovascular datasets.
Stroke Data Science Catalyst
More recently, we launched the Stroke Data Science Catalyst with our partners – HDR UK, Stroke Association and the British Heart Foundation – to improve our understanding of stroke risk factors through the use of data from real-world settings, including hospitals, GPs and pharmacies; opening the door to better prevention and treatment.
This call is to fund researchers who are existing members of – or are willing to join – the CVD-COVID-UK/COVID-IMPACT consortium. The funding is available for up to nine months, commencing April 2024.
Applications are invited from researchers at an eligible research organisations, including universities, NHS bodies and government-funded organisations. Applicants may only submit one application to this initiative as a principal investigator, but may be involved in more applications if listed as a co-investigator.
The call is now open for applications and will close at 17:00 BST on 17 February 2024.
Potential applicants are invited to attend a special one-off webinar on Monday 22nd January at 12:00pm, which will feature an Introduction to the Stroke Data Science Catalyst.
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