Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities


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 publically available within 12 months of the end of the funding period (and any no-cost extension). Visit the Open Science Policy Statements page.



 

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. 

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 Summer 2014














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/ 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. 
 
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.
 
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AHA Programs for Summer 2014 Deadlines

Several programs have a broad target audience. You should always refer to the program description for details.
Undergraduate Student Research Program
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: Great Rivers Affiliates
Career Stage: Making the decision – undergraduate student classified as junior or senior.


Health Sciences Fellowship
Provides opportunities for health science students to work for ten consecutive weeks with a faculty/staff member on any project related to the mission of the American Heart Association. The goal is to encourage students to consider a future academic career in this area.
Offered by: Greater Southeast Affiliate
Career Stage: Gaining credentials - doctoral student

Predoctoral Fellowship
Helps students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.
Offered by: Founders, Greater Southeast, 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, 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, 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.
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, and National Affiliate
Career Stage: First independent step – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent

Grant-In-Aid
Encourages and adequately funds the most innovative and meritorious research projects from independent investigators. 

Offered by: Founders, 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.
Innovative Research Grant
Supports highly innovative, high-risk, high-reward research that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the field of cardiovascular and stroke research.
Offered by: AHA National Research Program
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.
Established Investigator Award
Supports mid-career investigators with unusual promise and an established record of accomplishments; candidates have a demonstrated commitment to cardiovascular or cerebrovascular science as indicated by prior publication history and scientific accomplishments. A candidate's career is expected to be in a rapid growth phase.
Offered by: AHA National Research Program
Career Stage: Intermediate level or recognized investigator –  associate professor or equivalent, professor or equivalent. Applicants are expected to be independent investigators.
  
 

Scientific Sessions 2014

Late Breaking Basic Science Submissions July 24-August 18
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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