Respiratory diseases

Artificial Intelligence in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disease Diagnostics

Fellowship opportunities for researchers in the field of AI in cardiovascular and respiratory disease.

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This funding scheme is open for applications and will close at 12:00 BST on Friday 13 September 2024.

We are delighted to be funding fellowships for mid-career researchers who are making a transition to independence to support research that will increase understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods for the diagnosis of cardiovascular or respiratory diseases.

Cardiovascular and respiratory diseases are leading causes of mortality, both in the UK and globally. In recent years, an enormous amount of health and healthcare-related data has been generated or recorded, including high-resolution imaging, genetic data, biosensor monitoring, and electronic health records. The possibility of using AI methods to capitalise on the information represented by this data is growing rapidly, with the potential for significant impact on the accuracy and efficiency of diagnostic processes.

Applications within a broad field of either cardiovascular or respiratory disease are welcomed and we particularly encourage applications involving pulmonary embolisms. Research may be exploratory or translational in nature, but must have relevance for diagnostics in these areas. Research focusing on upper respiratory infections and/or nasal/airway conditions is not within the scope of this scheme. Research focusing on cancer diagnostics will also not be considered for this scheme.

Applicants to the AI in cardiovascular or respiratory disease diagnostics fellowship scheme should demonstrate their productivity across past appointments, an upward trajectory and clear plans to establish their own research niche. Applicants should clearly outline how the fellowship will enable their transition to independence as a researcher.

How much funding is available?

Applicants may apply for up to £300,000 to support their research, over a maximum of a 3-year period (pro-rata for part-time positions).

There will be up to £900,000 available in this funding scheme.

Who can apply?

This fellowship opportunity is open to all UK-based researchers and clinical academics at eligible institutions (UK HEIs, Research Council research institutes, hospitals, and other independent research organisations). Applicants must hold a PhD, DPhil, MD or doctorate in a relevant area and be conducting their research at an eligible institution. Partnerships outside of academia are allowed, providing the collaboration will advance the research project in line with the aims of the funding call. Clinical academics and applicants with clinical duties are encouraged to apply.

The scheme is for mid-career researchers. Mid-career researchers are those with extensive postdoctoral experience and in the process of, or ready for, transition to research independence. Applicants should be taking steps to start their own research group. This grant is not intended to support those who have already secured substantial research funds and/or have already established their own research group (e.g. Senior Lecturers, Professors, MRC and other funders’ Senior Fellows), however, applicants who have held an early career fellowship may still be eligible.


  • Deadline for submission: 12:00 Friday 13 September
  • Shortlisting notification: January 2025
  • Interview: March 2025
  • Funding decision & feedback: March 2025

How to Apply

Applicants should apply online using our online grants management system.

Please see here for Guidance for Applicants.

Please note, applicants must use our Resume for Researchers template in their application.


The Medical Research Foundation is committed to making this application accessible to all by offering assistance where needed.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Research Team if you have any questions or concerns:


: 020 4581 2402

Terms and Conditions of Award

Awards funded through this competition will follow standard Medical Research Foundation terms and conditions. The terms and conditions spell out the responsibilities of the Principal Investigator and the Lead Research Organisation. The Principal Investigator and the Lead Research Organisation are required to indicate their formal acceptance of the proposal, their acceptance of the terms and conditions of an award, and the approval of the salaries and resources sought in the application.

The Medical Research Foundation may add additional conditions to a grant award to reflect the particular circumstances and requirements of the funding, or the nature of a particular award. Acceptance of an award constitutes acceptance of both the core conditions and any additional conditions. The Medical Research Foundation reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions.