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Financial Commitiment

Since 1949, the American Heart Association has spent more than $3.8 billion on research to increase our knowledge about cardiovascular diseases and stroke. In 1948–49, the American Heart Association’s National Center and affiliates contributed $700,000 to research; in the 2014–15 fiscal year, we contributed $149 million to new research awards. (See the Research Commitments Chart in the 2014-2015 Research Facts for more information).

At least 28 cents of every publicly donated dollar to our seven affiliates is channeled into research. For each dollar, 13 cents supports the association’s National Research Program, and at least 15 cents supports the affiliate research program.

The association's research dollars support the most worthy projects that we select from a substantial pool of applications. 


Distribution of New Research Awards in 2014-2015

 AwardsAmount (millions)
Cardiovascular Disease-Related375$53.19
Cardiovascular Disease-Related329$61.7
Cardiovascular Disease- and Broadly Stroke-Related47$10.29
Closely Stroke-Related76$11.16
Broadly Stroke-Related94$149

Source:  AHA Year End Report