The American Heart Association has set a challenging 10-year goal:
To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, by the year 2020.
We will achieve our mission by:
- Providing knowledge-based solutions for people of all ages, at all levels of risk
- Leading efforts in research, prevention and treatment
- Serving global cardiovascular and stroke health needs as a partner of choice for researchers, systems, providers and consumers.
To reach these goals the research program has made the following vision a priority:
To support this vision, we have implemented several new award programs, including:
- Clinical Research Program - to help develop careers in patient-oriented cardiovascular and stroke research
- Summer fellowship - to provide a first research experience for undergraduate students
- Innovative Research Grant program (IRG) - supports innovative, high-risk, high-reward research that could lead to critical discoveries or advancements in cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
- Provide funding and mentoring opportunities to support early career investigators’ development.
- Support multidisciplinary research approaches with collaborative communications among investigators and with other organizations to increase impact on ideal CV health and CVD- and stroke-related mortality.
- Provide funding opportunities for investigators to conduct high-risk, high impact projects that would advance ideal CV health and CVD and/or stroke-related research.
- Increase funding opportunities and better communicate AHA interest in supporting more clinical, population and translational research.
- Expand and develop programs to support the American Heart Association Global Strategy to collaborate with global partners to contribute to the reduction of CVD and stroke.