Funding Opportunities

The American Heart Association will be closed the week of Dec. 22. Staff will return to the office the week of Dec. 29.




Cardiovascular Genome Phenome Study (CVGPS)

AHA Cardiovascular Genome Phenome Study (CVGPS) Funding Announcement

The Cardiovascular Genome Phenome Study (CVGPS) is a collaboration among AHA, Boston University (BU) and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), the academic coordinating center homes, respectively, of the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) and the Jackson Heart Study (JHS). View the CVGPS page for more information including the Request for Applications.

Announcing Two New Strategically Focused Research Network Topics!

The AHA Board of Directors has approved the topics for the next two Strategically Focused Research Networks (SFRN). The second SFRN will focus on HYPERTENSION and the third SFRN will focus on DISPARITIES IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE.

The AHA is interested in the science community exploring all aspects of these two topics, which can assist the AHA in reaching its 2020 Goals and overall mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.  To that end, the AHA pursues research from the basic, clinical and population sciences.

A Network is comprised of three to four institutions, or Centers, working on three projects each that are focused on one strategic area.

Similar to the last SFRN, the next two Networks will have their own Request for Application which will require that each submission have an overall application from the Center Director, as well as three proposals from project Principal Investigators in the following science areas:
  • One proposal addressing basic science discovery
  • One proposal addressing clinical science discovery
  • One proposal addressing population science discovery
A Center application can comprise projects from more than one institution, as long as there is a named sponsoring institution, where the Center Director is located and will manage the oversight and financial responsibilities. Thus, applications should convey how these different areas of science will be integrated, both in their scientific discoveries and through joint team communication and integration.

For more information about Strategically Focused Research Networks, visit the SFRN Home Page.  

New AHA Research Policy Announcement

The AHA recently approved new Open Science policies that will impact research funded by the AHA. These policies will go into effect beginning with applications due in July 2014 and new awards beginning January 2015. The AHA’s public access policy requires that all journal articles resulting from AHA funding should be made freely available in PubMed Central within 12 months of publication. The AHA’s new open data policy requires grant applicants to include a data sharing plan as part of the application process. Any research data that is needed for independent verification of research results must be made freely and publicly available within 12 months of the end of the funding period (and any no-cost extension). Visit the Open Science Policy Statements page.

Three New Cardiac Arrest Science Categories Added

In order to stimulate research in the field of cardiac arrest and optimize the peer review process, the AHA has created three new Major Science Classifications for research funding submissions:

Cardiac Arrest/Resuscitation: Basic Science
Cardiac Arrest/Resuscitation: Clinical Science
Cardiac Arrest/Resuscitation: Population/Health Services Science


Applicants for research funding select the category and subcategories that best describe their research. These mirror the AHA study sections.

AHA plans to create dedicated peer review groups for each of the three cardiac arrest/resuscitation categories. At least 20 applications are required for each dedicated study section. This is an exciting opportunity to advance research in cardiac arrest and resuscitation.



NOTICE:  Applications are submitted to the American Heart Association via Grants@Heart, a Web-based application system. Please refer to the program listings, instructions and information below as you complete your application. 


View the states in each Affiliate.
Find out more about Affiliate Program Offerings
 

Opportunities for funding are offered through the AHA National Center and our seven affiliates.  The National programs are available to eligible investigators and institutions across the US.  The affiliate programs are limited to eligible investigators and institutions in their respective geographical areas. 

National and its seven affiliates offer two funding cycles per year -- in winter and summer.  Not all programs are offered at each cycle.  Only the ones listed on this page are available at this time. Check program descriptions for restrictions in regards to applying to both affiliate and national program offerings within the same funding cycle.

The National and affiliate offices will be referred to as Funding Components in Grants@Heart.

American Heart Association research awards are limited to non-profit institutions, including medical, osteopathic and dental schools, veterinary schools, schools of public health, pharmacy schools, nursing schools, universities and colleges, public and voluntary hospitals and others that can demonstrate the ability to conduct the proposed research.  Applications will not be accepted for work with funding to be administered through any federal institution or work to be performed by a federal employee, except for Veterans Administrations employees.  Funding is prohibited for awards at non-U.S. institutions.

To assist you with completing an application, refer to the following links:

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The American Heart/Stroke Association is committed to identifying and supporting specific science areas deemed vital to achieving our mission and strategic objectives.  The Association has established partnerships with various organizations to fund critical need/high impact and focused research programs.

Research Partnership Programs for Winter 2015




































 



AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Disease Research Awards

The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to establish the AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Disease Research Awards.  A minimum of $2.5 million will be awarded over the next two years to provide support for investigators who are actively conducting basic, clinical, population or translational research directly related to congenital heart disease.
 
All investigator-initiated award types are eligible.  Interested parties should submit an application (see the program descriptions below) to their local affiliate or AHA National Research Program.  


AHA/ASA/American Brain Foundation Lawrence M. Brass, M.D. Stroke Research Mentored Clinical & Population Research Award
 
Special funding is available from the American Brain Foundation to support a training award for an individual interested in embarking on a career in stroke research related to vascular neurology, stroke and neurocritical care. 

Interested parties should submit a mentored clinical & population research award application to their local affiliate. 

















 
AHA/Myocarditis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Supports an investigator proposing innovative basic, clinical or translational research projects relevant to the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment epidemiology and/or prevention of myocarditis. 

Interested parties should submit a postdoctoral fellowship application to their local affiliate.



AHA/CCF Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Joint Research Award

The Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to establish a research award for investigators conducting research specific to pediatric cardiomyopathy.

CCF will provide 50 percent of the research award to fund a project related to pediatric cardiomyopathy research. The AHA will provide the balance of the funds needed to fully fund the selected award.

Interested parties should submit a Beginning Grant-in-Aid or Grant-in-Aid to their local affiliate.







AHA/ Gerontological Society of America National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Special funding is made available from the Gerontological Society of America-National Hartford CGNE to support an investigator proposing innovative basic, clinical or translational research projects relevant to gerontological nursing, aging, cardiovascular disease and /or stroke. In addition to an RN degree, applicants must hold a PhD, DN.Sc. or equivalent degree at the time of award activation. DNP applicants are not eligible.

The chosen awardee will be expected to attend the GSA Leadership Conference both years of the fellowship.  Interested parties should submit a postdoctoral fellowship application to their local affiliate. 
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AHA Programs for Winter 2015 Deadlines


Several programs have a broad target audience. You should always refer to the program description for details.
Undergraduate Student Research Program
Midwest USRP | SouthWest USRP | Western States USRP

The purpose of this undergraduate research training program is to encourage promising students from all disciplines, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Offered by: Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: Making the decision – undergraduate student classified as junior or senior.


Predoctoral Fellowship
Helps students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: Gaining credentials – doctoral student
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Helps trainees initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research while obtaining significant research results under the supervision of a sponsor or mentor; supports individuals before they are ready for some stage of independent research.

Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow
Mentored Clinical & Population Research Award (formerly Clinical Research Program)
Encourages early career investigators who have appropriate and supportive mentoring relationships to engage in high quality introductory and pilot clinical studies that will guide future strategies for reducing cardiovascular disease and stroke while fostering new research in clinical and translational science, and encouraging community- and population-based activities.

Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, National, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: Directed step/first independent step - master's degree. Healthcare professionals with a master's degree or certain doctoral degrees.
National Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award
This program provides funding for trainees with outstanding potential for careers as physician-scientists in cardiovascular or stroke research during the crucial period of career development that spans the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty/staff position.
Offered by: AHA National Research Program
Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow
Beginning Grant-In-Aid
Promotes the independent status of promising beginning scientists.  
Offered by: SouthWest and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: First independent step – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent.

Scientist Development Grant
Supports highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence by encouraging and adequately funding research projects that can bridge the gap between completion of research training and readiness for successful competition as an independent investigator.
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and National Affiliates
Career Stage: First independent step – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent

Western States Affiliate Medical Student Research Program
Encourages promising students, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, from all disciplines to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. The research opportunity will allow students to work for 8, 10 or 12 weeks with a faculty/staff member on any project broadly related to cardiovascular disease/function or stroke. The goal is to encourage students to consider a future academic career in this area.
Offered by: Western States Affiliate
Grant-In-Aid
Encourages and adequately funds the most innovative and meritorious research projects from independent investigators. 

Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: First independent step, intermediate level or recognized investigator – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent, associate professor or equivalent, professor or equivalent. Applicants are expected to be independent investigators.
Collaborative Sciences Award
This program allows two or more primary investigators from disparate disciplines, with histories of innovative collaborations, to work on a project that is achievable only with efforts from both disciplines. Collaboration should foster innovative, unique and novel discoveries and may combine basic, clinical, population and/or translational research.
Offered by: AHA National Research Program
Mentor/AHA Mentee Award
This unique program funds mentors to work with AHA early career grantees who are:
  • working in new/difficult areas of inquiry or potential for new discovery,
  • underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in science, or
  • conducting research at NIH AREA-designated institutions.
Offered by: AHA National Research Program
  
 

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Grants at Heart
 
The AHA's Grants@Heart site is a web-based system for application preparation, submission, peer review, and awards management. The system is available 24/7. An application for funding can be completed and submitted to the AHA online. Peer reviewers logon and complete all their tasks for peer review, and the system even allows for virtual meetings. Once an award is granted, the principal investigator and fiscal officer can manage the award online.

Login to Grants at Heart to apply for funding today!

 

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