The Competence Network Heart Failure (CNHF) is an interdisciplinary cooperation project with office at the University Hospital Würzburg. From 01.01.2003 until 31.12.2014 the network was supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a total of approximately 11 million euros. The KNHI is part of the funding measure “Competence Networks in Medicine”. In the course of the promotion leading scientists in the field of heart failure from 30 university clinics, 5 research institutes, 7 heart centers, 17 cardiovascular clinics, over 200 surgeries, 4 rehabilitation clinics as well as organizations and associations were involved in this cooperation network. The Germany-wide integration of these different institutions in a network is to perform on synergies to advances in research and new ways for the timely implementation of these findings in patient care.

The focus of the scientific projects is the co-ordinated research into heart failure, ranging from epidemiology and molecular genetic causes and modern diagnostic methods to therapy. Patients received about the competence network comprehensive and easily understandable information on the state of science and concrete recommendations for action and an opportunity for training and contacts with specialists.

From January 2015 to December 2018 the Competence Network Heart Failure was partially supported by the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research eV (DZHK) and cooperated with the DZHK.