19th October 2018

The Big Beat Challenge

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

A catalyst for change

We’re looking for innovative ideas, with a clear benefit for patients. Teams will bring together knowledge and talent from around the globe to revolutionise the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of any heart and circulatory conditions.

Click here for the Application criteria



We want to see radical ideas from ambitious, diverse teams prepared to take risks. Your idea could transform the lives of a few – or provide a small change for many.

How about eliminating heart attacks by vaccinating against atherosclerosis? Or curing an inherited heart disease with genome editing? Could you use machine learning to improve patient outcomes?


Why now?

For nearly 60 years, we’ve funded research that has pioneered breakthroughs in heart and circulatory diseases. With recent advances in technology, we believe now is the time for research that creates big change, and accelerates real progress.

Click here to read more about their history


How to apply

First stage applications open in late 2018. The first step will be to submit a summary of your idea and vision. You can register your interest in the Big Beat Challenge to get news and updates as applications open and the challenge develops.

Register your interest here