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Abbreviated Research Proposal for the
Established Investigator Award

The Established Investigator Award's abbreviated proposal format is not the same as those used for traditional grants-in-aid or individual NIH research grants (R01).  The 10 pages of the proposal should:
  • describe past research accomplishments
  • describe the potential of the EIA to provide new directions and innovations
  • broadly discuss projected research studies
  • clarify how this proposal differs from other funded projects, or how these funds will be used to expand upon other projects.
The application should not contain detailed protocols or focus heavily on the design or interpretation of individual experiments

Before beginning the Research Proposal, review the program description noting especially the qualifications, restrictions, and peer review criteria.  The proposal should be written in such a way as to address all of the peer review criteria. 


The research proposal must be created as a Word-processed document, converted to a Portable Document Format (PDF) file, and uploaded to Grants@Heart.  Only PDF files will be accepted.  When creating the Research Proposal, you must comply exactly with the association's format/type requirements and page limits below.  Failure to comply will result in the administrative withdrawal (disqualification) of the application. 

  • Only Portable Document Format (PDF) files will be accepted.
  • File must be single-spaced. 
  • No more than 15 characters per inch (cpi) or an average of no more than 15 cpi (cpi includes symbols, punctuation and spaces).
  • No less than ¾" margins allowed.
  • Sixty lines per page are the maximum allowed  (The average number of lines per page using the font and point size below will be approximately 50-55 lines)
  • Arial Font style, 12 point font size for Windows users; Helvetica Font style, 12 point font size for Macintosh users
  • Figures, charts, tables, graphics and legends may be smaller in size but must be clear and legible
  • Ten page limit

Users of other word processing programs must adjust settings appropriately and should measure text after saving and printing as a PDF.  Type requirements should be checked using a standard measuring device (such as a ruler), rather than relying on the font selected for a particular word processing/printer combination.  Type size specifications must be observed in the text of your research plan or the application will not be reviewed and will be withdrawn. Adherence to font and margin requirements is necessary.  No applicant should have an advantage over other applicants by providing more content in his/her application by using smaller, denser type. The AHA has the responsibility to make the final determination of conformance to format requirements and the authority to withdraw applications.  This decision is final and not subject to appeal.

Internet Web site addresses (URLs) may not be used to provide information necessary to the review because reviewers are under no obligation to view the Internet sites. Moreover, the reviewers are cautioned not to directly access an Internet site as it could compromise their anonymity.

The only place a URL may be used is in the biographical sketch as described in the instructions for that form. Provide a URL to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as SciENcv or My Bibliography, which are maintained by the US National Library of Medicine.

Type the Research Proposal specifically following the outline given below, in the same sequence.  All items should be addressed.  Do not exceed the 10-page limit. 

Abbreviated Proposal Outline

  1. Describe the general research program of your laboratory, highlighting major accomplishments.
  2. Describe the overall direction of your research program over the next 5 years. (If your work has changed direction or you are proposing a change, the reasons for the change should be indicated.)
  3. Provide a more specific overview of how the Established Investigator Award will be used to enhance the goals given in item 2. This overview should describe a specific set of hypotheses that will be explored and what is unique about these hypotheses, and should address the potential of this work to make innovative discoveries or contributions.

End of text for the Abbreviated Proposal (not to exceed 10 pages).

Reminder: if this application is a "resubmission" of a previous proposal, mark changes within the Research Plan by using brackets, italics or bold (do not shade or underline changes).  A separate document addressing resubmission modifications is also required.

PLEASE NOTE:  Although your project may study the same or a similar issue/problem as another investigator, your research proposal should be your own original/creative writing.  You should cite all information taken from another researcher or publication. Failure to do so may result in your proposal being flagged for Ethical Disapproval due to plagiarism.

Submission of applications to the AHA with identical or significantly similar content from a sponsor to a grant program and their fellow to fellowship program is prohibited.  Both applications will receive a recommendation for “disapproval”. If a grant application is submitted by the sponsor of a fellowship application, both applications may be funded if there is no duplication of aims.

View the Resubmission Instructions for more information.

Notice:  the Grants@Heart electronic system will reject a document that exceeds the page limit.