MAHSC Cardiovascular Domain Launch PHD Support Funding

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The Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) Cardiovascular Research Domain, part of Health Innovation Manchester (HInM), are offering the opportunity to apply for supportive funding towards a PhD studentship to commence in the academic year 2024/25. This award is in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University and as such, will require supervisory/PI support from a member of MMU staff.

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Studies to develop pilot data for external grant applications in cardiovascular health
  • Projects to develop new technologies or biomarkers to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease
  • Projects to better understand mechanisms in cardiovascular disease.


The grant duration is 3 years and awards may fund; project running costs, equipment essential to the study/project,UK Home tuition fees and PhD student stipend.

Applications are welcomed from international students, though the difference in tuition costs will need to be covered by the applicant or supporting parties in this case.

The PI should be a member of MMU staff and the project delivery should be focused within the GM area. Applicants should note that MMU will have ownership of any arising IP as a result of matched-funded PhDs but this can be negotiated project by project.

Applications must have the approval of the relevant PIs and research leads and a maximum of £5,000 per year is available to allocate towards project running costs/consumables spending. We envisage funding will be available from April 2024 with a view to the PhD project commencing in October 2024. Applications should be made on the form via the link below and be submitted by Friday 22nd March 2024 as an email attachment, to, or A decision will be shared with applicants in April 2024.

Selection of projects will be made by the Cardiovascular Domain Selection Committee using the following criteria:

  • Quality of the proposal
  • Collaboration across the Greater Manchester area
  • Potential for ongoing impacts beyond the PhD period
  • Potential for clinical impact and patient benefit

The project will have to undergo further approval through MMU’s internal research approval process

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