Financial Commitiment

Updated:Feb 19,2015

Since 1949, the American Heart Association has spent more than $3.7 billion on research to increase our knowledge about cardiovascular diseases and stroke. In 1948–49, the American Heart Association’s National Center and affiliates contributed $700,000 to research; in the 2013–14 fiscal year, we contributed more than $150 million. (see the Research Commitments Chart in the 2013-2014 Research Facts for more information).

At least 28 cents of every publicly donated dollar to our seven affiliates is channeled into research. For each dollar, 13 cents supports the association’s National Research Program, and at least 15 cents supports the affiliate research program.

In the 2013–14 fiscal year, research program administrative costs were $8.2 million, representing only 5.9 percent of the total research expense.

The association's research dollars support the most worthy projects that we select from a substantial pool of applications. 


Distribution of New Research Awards in 2013-2014
 AwardsAmount (millions)
Cardiovascular Disease-Related 397 $58.77
Cardiovascular Disease- and Broadly Stroke-Related 308 $49.58
Cardiovascular Disease- and Closely Stroke-Related 58 $8.57
Closely Stroke-Related 95 $18.64
Broadly Stroke-Related 115 $13.30

Source:  AHA Year End Report