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Imperial College London (NHLI)

National Heart and Lung Institute

Brief Overview

The National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London is one of the major departments undertaking heart and lung research worldwide with an outstanding track record of basic and clinical research. We carry out research, development and education in respiratory science with top notch academics, great facilities, effective teaching and productive collaborations. We are working towards combatting some of the most prevalent respiratory diseases, including asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis and respiratory infections, by developing both better treatments, and a better understanding of these conditions.

Research Areas


Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)/European fellowships – in line with current status

Research infrastructure/facilities

NHLI contains world-class groups investigating a wide range of respiratory diseases with a strong emphasis on translational research, focused on the South Kensington, Royal Brompton and St Mary’s campuses, which all have state of the art facilities in modern research laboratories.

Researchers have access to facilities such as the Facility for Imaging in Light Microscopy (FILM) which has high quality, supported imaging, Flow Cytometry Unit and Biosciences Facilities available on most sites providing modern animal housing. In addition, services are also available for genetic sequencing, microarrays, magnetic resonance imaging, electron microscopy and statistical support.

Research funding/Resources

NHLI receives around £15m in new awards for respiratory research from a wide range of funders including Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, EMBO Fellowship, EU Horizon 2020 including Marie Sklodoska-Curie Fellowships, Health Protection Agency, Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust.

Links to non-academic sector

The Imperial White City Incubator is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, providing office and laboratory space for early-stage companies.

The White City incubator facility has meeting rooms, kitchen facilities and communal open space. It also offers virtual membership packages providing access to these facilities, hot desking, training and networking. The central London location makes it easy to access for customers, investors and commercial partners. The Invention Rooms are a unique shared space at our White City campus on with cutting-edge workshops, design studios and interactive spaces for innovation and collaboration between the College, the local community and our partners.

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

NHLI hosts considerable numbers of international researchers under schemes such as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships, ERS Fellowships and visiting researchers, as well as employed directly on research projects.

Extensive resources are accessible within Imperial College, including development opportunities from the Learning and Development Centre (LDC) and Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre (PFDC). The LDC offers a range of development opportunities for academic, research and support staff and can be used to develop expertise that is specific to individual’s profession and skills base. The PFDC offers a wide range of development courses, events, coaching and resources that are offered to postdocs and fellows at Imperial.

NHLI is committed to inspiring curiosity about science, connecting with society and providing opportunities for conversations, discussion and engagement between researchers and the public. We create projects, activities and events experimenting with new, creative ways of engaging with diverse audiences.

HR Excellence in Research – EU award