Application Information

International Cardiovascular Data Science Collaboration Landscape Review

The International Cardiovascular Data Science Collaboration (ICDC) consists of non-profit organizations from around the world including but not limited to the American Heart Association (AHA), British Heart Foundation (BHF), Dutch Heart Foundation, European Society of Cardiology and Leducq Foundation. Leadership from these collaborating organizations recognize the critical need to develop forward-thinking data science solutions and technologies to improve cardiovascular health. The AHA, the BHF and the Leducq Foundation will serve as the organizational leads for this project, on behalf of the ICDC. The AHA has agreed to serve as the administrator of this project.

The goal of our project is to inform the activities and research agenda of the ICDC, to that end, we are seeking proposals from international, multidisciplinary organizations with the capacity to implement a comprehensive, international landscape analysis of data science in areas that affect cardiovascular research and clinical care. The purpose of the landscape analysis is two-fold: 1) to survey current initiatives in cardiovascular data science  and 2) to identify gaps and barriers to current and prospective work in cardiovascular data science – both in the public and private sphere – that maybe addressed through collaboration of international funding.  The review will also scan horizons for future opportunities that could be strengthened through collaborative scientific focus or collaborative leadership.

We anticipate starting the formal RFP process in early March and will likely request all proposals be submitted by June 2019.

If this is a project in which you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Sandi Cooley ( and she will provide information on the next steps.  


2018-2019 AHA Research Funding Application Deadlines
 Letter of Intent Deadline
(If applicable)
Application DeadlineFunding NotificationAward Start Date
AHA Predoctoral Fellowship Wed., July 11, 2018Nov. 2018Jan. 1, 2019
AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship Thurs., July 12, 2018Nov. 2018Jan. 1, 2019
July 2018 will be the ONLY deadline for fellowships (pre and post) this fiscal year
Institutional Undergraduate Student Fellowship Wed., July 18, 2018Dec. 2018Jan. 1, 2019
AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award Thurs., July 19, 2018Dec. 2018Jan. 1, 2019
Merit AwardThurs., July 26, 2018Fri. Sept. 21, 2018 Jan. 1, 2019
Collaborative Sciences AwardTues., Oct. 9, 2018Invited Applicants:
Thurs., Jan. 31, 2019
May 2019July 1, 2019
Career Development Award Wed., Oct. 17, 2018March 2019April 1, 2019
Established Investigator AwardTues., Oct. 23, 2018Tues., Jan. 15, 2019March 2019April 1, 2019
Innovative Project AwardMon., Oct. 29, 2018Invited Applicants:
Thurs., Jan. 17, 2019
May 2019July 1, 2019
Transformational Project Award Wed., Jan. 23, 2019May 2019July 1, 2019
Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death SFRNTues, Dec 4, 2018Thurs, Feb 7, 2019Spring 2019July 1, 2019

In fiscal year 2018-19 each award program will be offered only once.

*Subject to change.

Features of All AHA Awards

All AHA grants share the following features, unless noted in the program description:

  • AHA awards are open to an array of academic and health professionals. This includes but is not limited to all academic disciplines (biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dentists,physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, etc.).
  • American Heart Association research awards are limited to U.S.-based 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 (1) applications specifically related to the AHA’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, and (2) Veterans Administration employees.
  • Clinical, translational, population, behavioral, and basic scientists are encouraged to apply.  AHA maintains dedicated Peer Review Committees by program type and science type.

  • Scientists whose projects involve coding and/or use large amounts of data are encouraged to apply and will be given access to the AHA Precision Medicine  Platform, a cloud based solution for data analysis.

  • AHA strongly encourages applications by  women, people in ethnic and racial groups underrepresented in science, and those who have experienced varied and non-traditional career trajectories.
  • No minimum percent effort is required; however, the Principal Investigator must demonstrate that adequate time will be devoted to ensuring successful completion of the project.
  • AHA project awards are fully transferrable to make the awardee a "free agent" who is empowered move to another qualified institution while retaining the award.
  • Award budgets are unrestricted among allowable categories (salary/fringe of PI and essential personnel, supplies, equipment/computers, travel, human subjects, etc.).
  • Funds may be re-budgeted between categories without prior AHA approval.
  • Proposals for the Collaborative Sciences Award, Established Investigator Award, Innovative Research Award, Merit Award, and Strategically Focused Research Networks will follow a two-part application process. Part one is the submission of a letter of intent and applicant’s biosketch. Other preliminary documents may be requested, depending on the award type.
  • An individual may hold more than one AHA award concurrently but may only hold one career development/recognition award (Career Development Award, Established Investigator Award, Merit Award, AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award).
  • Strategically Focused Research Network personnel may hold individual AHA awards.

Applications are created, submitted, and reviewed through the Grants@Heart electronic system. Grants@Heart is a web-based system for application preparation, submission, peer review and awards management. The system is available 24/7.

Program Descriptions

Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. CST on the deadline date. The system will shut down at 5 p.m. CST. 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.

Grants@Heart will open for submission approximately two months prior to each program’s deadline.

AHA Predoctoral Fellowship

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Enhances the integrated research and clinical training of promising students who are matriculated in pre-doctoral or clinical health professional degree training programs and who intend careers as scientists, physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists, or related careers aimed at improving global cardiovascular health.

AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship
Application Deadline: Thursday, July 12, 2018

Enhances the integrated research and clinical training of postdoctoral applicants who are not yet independent. The applicant must be embedded in an appropriate research group with the mentorship, support, and relevant scientific guidance of a research supervisor.

Institutional Undergraduate Student Fellowship

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Encourages students from all disciplines to consider research careers. This is made to qualified institutions that can offer a meaningful research experience that supports the AHA mission undergraduate college students.

AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award (AIREA)

Application Deadline: Thursday, July 19, 2018

Supports small-scale research projects related to CVD and stroke at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. For any part of the full range of research and development from very basic to clinical.

AHA Merit Award

Required Letter of Intent Deadline: Thursday, July 26, 2018
Deadline for Applicants Invited to Submit Full Application: Friday, September 21, 2018

To fund highly promising investigators with stellar track records of accomplishment, demonstrated by federal or equivalent funding [NIH, AHRQ, HRSA, etc.] from multiple sources and excellent publication records with accelerating impact, who have the potential to move a field of science forward with creative approaches that are aligned with the mission of the American Heart Association.

This award will support individual scientists with a trajectory of success, who propose novel approaches to major research challenges in the areas of CV and stroke that have the potential to produce unusually high impact.

Collaborative Sciences Award
Required Letter of Intent Deadline: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Deadline for Applicants Invited to Submit Full Application: Thursday, January 31, 2019


To foster innovative, new collaborative approaches to research projects which propose novel pairings of investigators from at least two broad disciplines. The proposal must focus on the collaborative relationship, such that the scientific objectives could not be achieved without the efforts of at least two co- principal investigators and their respective disciplines. The combination and integration of studies may be inclusive of basic, clinical, population and/or translational research. Applications by existing collaborators are permitted, provided that the proposal is for a new idea or new approach that has not been funded before.

Career Development Award

Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals, in the early years of one’s first professional appointment, to explore innovative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training necessary to assure the applicant’s future success as a research scientist in the field of cardiovascular and stroke research.

Established Investigator Award

Required Letter of Intent Deadline: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Deadline for Applicants Invited to Submit Full Application: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Supports mid-career healthcare and academic investigators with unusual promise and in rapid growth phase, who have established records of accomplishments, and demonstrated commitment to questions related to cardiovascular or cerebrovascular science.

Innovative Project Award

Required Letter of Intent Deadline: Monday, October 29, 2018
Deadline for Applicants Invited to Submit Full Application: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Funds ideas that may introduce new paradigms, challenge current paradigms, look at existing problems from new perspectives, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities. Preliminary data is not required and not accepted as part of the proposal. However, a solid rationale for the work must be provided.

Transformational Project Award

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Represents the second phase of a new idea; proposals should include preliminary data. Proposed work should be the next logical step of previous work and should already be revealing a high probability of revealing new avenues of investigation, if successful.

Strategically Focused Research Networks (SFRN)

The topics of the next two networks are to be announced. The letter of intent and application deadlines will be as follows:

Letter of Intent Deadline: June 2018
Application Deadline: July 2018

Letter of Intent Deadline: November 2018
Application Deadline: January 2019

The AHA is interested in the science community exploring the etiology, prevention or treatment of cardiovascular disease or stroke in specific areas, which can assist the AHA in reaching its 2020 Goals and overall mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. A Network is comprised of three to five institutions, or Centers, working on projects focusing on one strategic area.


Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine Awards

The American Heart Association Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine strives to preserve and prolong health by more precisely predicting, preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases and stroke. We look to accomplish this by supporting grants which utilize innovative ideas, strategic collaborations and access to integrated data with state-of-the-art technology will cohesively work to eliminate cardiovascular diseases and stroke for families and for future generations.

Precision cardiovascular medicine takes into account an individual's lifestyle, environment and biology to help identify the underlying causes of cardiovascular related risk factors and events to help decrease and prevent these risk factors and events. This new field of precision medicine utilizes advanced methods of aggregating, integrating and analyzing patient data. Our grant mechanisms will be focused on many aspects of precision cardiovascular medicine to reach our goals.

Please check our Funding Opportunities Page for more information about our grant mechanisms and deadlines.

Video: New Research Opportunities from the American Heart Association

Steven R. Houser, PhD, past president of the American Heart Association, and Ivor Benjamin, MD, president-elect, discuss a variety of new initiatives planned for AHA research programs.


Help Documents

Use the documents listed below to help prepare your application for AHA Research funding: