- Founders – July 19, 2013
- SouthWest Affiliate – July 17, 2013
- Western States Affiliate - July 17, 2013
Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CDT on the deadline date. The system will shut down at 5:00 p.m. CDT. Early submission is encouraged. Your institutional Grants Officer (GO) has the final responsibility of submitting your completed application to the American Heart Association. It is important that you check with your GO for his/her internal deadline.
|Program Description, Eligibility and Peer Review Criteria|
To encourage and adequately fund the most innovative and meritorious research projects from independent investigators.
Research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts.
Proposals are encouraged from all basic disciplines as well as epidemiological, behavioral, community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.
At the time of application the applicant must:
- hold a faculty/staff appointment of any rank (or equivalent), and must be conducting independent research. Not intended for individuals in research training or fellowship positions.
- hold a M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.V.M. or equivalent post-baccalaureate doctoral degree.
- U.S. citizen
- Permanent resident
- Pending permanent resident. Applicants must have applied for permanent residency and have filed form I-485 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
and have received authorization to legally remain in the United States (having filed an Application for Employment Form I-765).
- E-3 Visa - specialty occupation worker
- H1-B Visa - temporary worker in a specialty occupation
- J-1 Visa - exchange visitor
- O-1 Visa - temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences
- TN Visa - NAFTA Professional
- G-4 Visa - family member of employee of international organizations and NATO
Awardee must meet American Heart Association citizenship criteria throughout the duration of the award.
Location of Work
The award may be completed at any accredited institution in the following affiliates:
Founders - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
SouthWest - Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming
Western States - Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington
Notice: Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest Affiliates are not offering the GIA at this time.
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 Administration employees.
Funding is prohibited for awards at non-U.S. institutions.
Budget - Founders Affiliate
Maximum Annual Award Amount: $66,000
Budget - SouthWest Affiliate
Maximum Annual Award Amount: $70,000
Budget - Western States Affiliate
Maximum Annual Award Amount: $70,000
Peer Review Criteria
To judge the merit of the application, reviewers will comment on the following criteria. Please be sure that you fully address these in your proposal.
- An investigator may not hold more than one AHA award concurrently.
a) An investigator may hold two AHA grants (affiliate and national) concurrently if all three apply:
1) There will be no more than six months remaining on the initial award.
2) The projects have no overlap in specific aims.
3) There is no budgetary overlap between the two projects.
b) An investigator may hold the Innovative Research Grant and one other national or affiliate award.
c) A Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award recipient may apply for and receive a Grant-in-Aid during the faculty phase. The awardee may request only project support for these AHA grants, since the Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award provides significant salary support.
- At the time of award activation, the amount of other research funding available to the principal investigator may not exceed $250,000 annually. This includes direct funds, and does not include the applicant's salary/fringe and intramural funding.
- An applicant may submit only one affiliate application per deadline. If eligible, an applicant may simultaneously submit an application to an affiliate and to the national award program. The proposed research plan may need to be adjusted based upon different length of award and dollars available. The deadline dates may be different for each submission. If both are funded, the applicant must choose one award.
- Awards are not intended to supplement or duplicate currently funded work. Rather, it is expected that submitted applications will describe projects that are clearly distinct from ongoing research activities in the applicant's laboratory. Minor variations from existing research projects are not sufficient to constitute independent and distinct project.
- An applicant who is unsuccessful in a competition may resubmit the same or similar application three times (the original plus two resubmissions). The same or similar application submitted for the fourth time will be administratively withdrawn.
- Western States Affiliate: Continuous Grant-in-Aid support is limited to four years, after which an investigator may reapply following a one-year break in funding.