The association has carved an important niche in supporting the development of beginning investigators and offering innovative funding mechanisms to stimulate research in promising areas of cardiovascular science.
About Our Research
Diseases of the heart are the No. 1 killer in America, and stroke is the No. 4 killer. The American Heart Association strongly believes that learning more about these diseases is the best way to reduce disability and death. That's why research is an association-wide priority
Research grants and fellowships are offered in summer and winter. A grant is an award of funds to cover the expenses necessary to conduct research. A fellowship is an award to support an individual who intends to pursue a scientific research career.
|Peer Review |
Peer review committees provide a critical science review of research applications according to established AHA Standards. These committees are made up of impartial members who are competent to judge and grade research projects.
Awards are managed by institutional officials, using the Grants@Heart system.
Read about current programs.
The Association has recently approved the participation of lay reviewers in its peer review process. Starting with the Spring 2014 peer review cycle, lay reviewers will be added to study sections and are asked specifically to evaluate the potential impact of research applications to the mission of the AHA. This potential impact assessment will be based primarily on the lay summary document requested of each applicant. The lay summary will be reviewed for mission impact during the peer review process and may be assessed by a lay reviewer. Lay reviewers are individuals without formal training as a scientist who have a strong interest in advancing the prevention and/or management of heart disease and stroke and assist in the review of AHA research applications. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure the lay summary document portion of the application speaks clearly to potential impact of their proposed work on the AHA mission and is stated clearly in language that can be understood by a non-scientist.