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. 5 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 
Funding Opportunities
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 Management
Awards are managed by institutional officials, using the Grants@Heart system.
 Cardiovascular Genome Phenome Study (CVGPS)
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).
NIH funding opportunities are provided as a courtesy. 
Read about current programs.


The mission of the American Heart Association (AHA) is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Our mission drives everything we do.  To that end, the AHA is continually enhancing and refining its review process to ensure that we are able to identify and fund the most meritorious research projects in support of our mission.

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 fourth SFRN will focus on WOMEN and the fifth SFRN will focus on HEART FAILURE.

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

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

New AHA Research Peer Review Announcement

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.

New AHA Research Policy Announcement

The AHA has implemented open science policies that impact research funded by the AHA. 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 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.


Annual AHA Research Awardee Photo - Scientific Sessions 2014

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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.

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Scientific Sessions 2015

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