Funding Announcements

Updated:Oct 1,2015
AHA Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center


Current Funding Announcements

There are no current funding announcements.

Current Fellowship Announcements

There are no current fellowship announcements.

Past Funding Announcements

American Heart Association TCORS Funding Opportunity

The American Heart Association Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science invites you to apply for funding opportunities for eligible Pilot projects (cycle of Sept. 2015- Aug. 2016).

As a part of an on-going partnership, the FDA and NIH has established 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) for tobacco-related research. TCORS is a first-of-its-kind program of tobacco regulatory science, designed to generate research to inform the regulation of tobacco products to protect public health and train the next generation of tobacco regulatory scientists. This effort is expected to provide scientific evidence in the following areas:

  • Nicotine dependence threshold among youth and adults and impact of nicotine reduction on tobacco product use behavior (e.g., topography, compensation, switching, multiple use, initiation, cessation, relapse)
  • Cigar (small, large, cigarillos) initiation, use (including transitions to other tobacco products and multiple use), perceptions, dependence and toxicity
  • Smokeless tobacco initiation, use (including transitions to other tobacco products and multiple use), perceptions, dependence and toxicity
  • E-cigarettes initiation, use (including transitions to other tobacco products and multiple use), perceptions, dependence, toxicity
  • Other tobacco product (e.g., hookah, pipes, dissolvables) initiation, use (including transitions to other tobacco products and multiple use), perceptions, dependence, toxicity
  • The impact of tobacco product characteristics, (e.g., ingredients, constituents, components, additives such as flavors, and labeling and marketing) on initiation, especially among youth and other vulnerable populations
  • Toxicity thresholds for each of the 20 harmful and potentially harmful constituents identified in the March 2012 Guidance for Industry
  • Computational/mathematical modeling and simulation and/or statistical modeling of the public health impact of FDA/Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) regulation of potential modified risk tobacco products, e.g., product standards, communications regarding risks of tobacco products
  • Consumer perceptions of tobacco products including the impact of labeling and marketing
  • Effective communication strategies regarding harmful and potentially harmful constituents and risks of tobacco products

This research will help update and evaluate FDA’s prior, ongoing, and potential future tobacco regulatory activities.  The projects should contribute to the science base that FDA will use to develop meaningful product regulation, which in turn will reduce the toll of tobacco-related disease, disability, and death.

The American Heart Association is one of the 14 recipients of this grant (The American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center: A-TRAC). A-TRAC is focused on assessing the effects of tobacco products on cardiovascular health and disease, as well as communication and marketing approaches related to the use, distribution and sale of tobacco products and intervention strategies suitable for cessation of tobacco product use in both general and minority populations. A-TRAC invites applications for pilot projects focused on target areas consistent with A-TRAC and CTP’s mission. The applications will be reviewed and scored to choose four final projects for funding in this application cycle.

Projects are encouraged from the entire spectrum of scientific disciplines including basic, translational, behavioral, population and epidemiological, community, and clinical investigations, relevant to research on the effects of tobacco use on stroke and cardiovascular health and disease, as well as proposals in the area of  tobacco regulatory science research. Early career investigators and TCORS trainees are encouraged to apply for pilot funds.

Please visit the A-TRAC Pilot Program Description page for details about the two-phase application process. The deadline for submitting the two-page Letter of Intent (LOI) for pilot project applications for Phase I of this funding cycle has now passed. Request for full proposal submissions for Phase II of the funding cycle will be sent out via email to selected applicants only. For any additional information about A-TRAC, visit the A-TRAC homepage.

Please email all application-related documents to Anshula Kesh, Program Manager, American Heart Association- Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center.


Past Fellowship Announcements

American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRAC) Fellowship

The American Heart Association Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) invites you to apply for a 1-2 year training opportunity (cycle of September 2015- August 2017).

Applications due July 15, 2015

The American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRAC) is focused on assessing the effects of tobacco products on cardiovascular health and disease, as well as communication and marketing approaches related to the use, distribution and sale of tobacco products and intervention strategies suitable for cessation of tobacco product use in both general and minority populations.

A-TRAC is currently accepting applications for a one- to two-year fellowship. The fellow will pursue a research project that will inform the regulation of tobacco products to protect public health. Research proposals must be responsive to one or more of the CTP-FDA research priority areas listed above. For more information about these research priorities, please visit the National Institutes of Health Tobacco Regulatory Science Program page.

The amount of fellowship salary support will be commensurate with level of training. Proposals will be evaluated based on:
  1. Project significance & innovation
  2. Candidate’s demonstrated ability to carry out the proposed project
  3. Applicability of research to A-TRAC’s mission
  4. Clear compliance with FDA authority and 10 research priorities
  5. Strength of the research team
  6. Strength of the mentoring team
  7. Clear and realistic timeline for publications
In addition to pursuing a research project, the fellow will join a cohort of fellows to learn about the scientific evidence around tobacco addiction, toxicity, health consequences, product diversity, product marketing, legislation and economics.  The fellow will also participate in professional development activities to enhance his/her career. The fellow must commit to attending weekly 90-minute webinars every Friday at 1:00 p.m. EST and bi-annual in-person meetings with the cohort. At least 70 percent of the fellow’s time will be dedicated to A-TRAC projects. Fellowship will be awarded for one year and can be extended for another year, the extension being contingent on appropriate progress.

Application Eligibility:
  • Levels - Pre-doctoral/post-doctoral PhD candidates, cardiovascular fellows, early-career faculty.
  • Disciplines – Applications accepted from a wide array of disciplines, including toxicology, pharmacology, public health, nursing, medicine, communications, etc.
To apply for a fellowship, please fill out the A-TRAC Fellowship Application form.

For information about the NIH format for Individual Development Plans (IDP), visit the NIH IDP Consulting and Workshops website.

For more information regarding the fellowship, please contact Abigail R. Russo, EdM, Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, or Glenn A. Hirsch, MD, MHS.