Strategically Focused Research Networks

Updated:Aug 5,2014

Announcing Two New Strategically Focused Research Networks!

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.
 
 


What is a Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN)?
A Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) is comprised of three to four institutions, or Centers, working on three projects each that are focused on one strategic area. For example, the topic for the 2013 SFRN was prevention. Within each network, the projects were related to prevention. To view a past RFA or for more information about the 2013 Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network (SFPRN), visit the SFPRN Homepage.

What does a Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) look like?
A Strategically Focused Research Network includes three or four institutions each working on three separate projects. For more information about the look and feel of a SFRN, view this illustration.

How often will an SFRN be available for funding?
Starting in 2014-2015, the AHA will begin funding two of these Networks each year with launches occurring approximately every six months. Read more about our current funding opportunities.

How much funding will be available with each Network?
Each Network will receive $12-15M in funding.

Background
The AHA has always been interested in the science community exploring all aspects of basic, clinical and population science which can assist the AHA in reaching its 2020 Goals and overall mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Throughout 2011-2012, the AHA conducted an extensive discussion among all AHA stakeholders to determine what the key attributes and guiding principles should be as AHA strengthens and enhances its commitment to CV and neurosciences research as it drives toward its Mission.

AHA Research Summit
The AHA hosted a Research Summit in May 2012 to support AHA’s goal of developing the most impactful, dynamic and productive research program possible through 2020 and beyond.  In June of 2012, the Research Committee was charged, by the AHA Board of Directors, with the integration into the current portfolio of the 12 Essential Elements that were the product of the Research Summit.  In October 2012, the AHA’s Administrative Cabinet, Scientific Advisory & Coordinating Committee and Board of Directors reviewed the progress of the Research Committee and made recommendations for the committee.
 


Strategically Focused Research Network News

July 15, 2014
Preventing Heart Disease in New York City Children and Their Caregivers
Source: Mt. Sinai Hospital

July 11, 2014
Feinberg Selected for New American Heart Association Network
Source: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

July 10, 2014
AHA grant creates coalition to prevent heart disease, stroke
Source: Vanderbilt University

June 27, 2014
AHA funds new research network aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke
Source: The American Heart Association


View the Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network Awardees.