Application Information

AHA offers research funding programs to eligible investigators and institutions across the U.S.

The AHA generally has two funding cycles per year – always check application deadlines. Not all programs are offered in each cycle. Only those listed on this page are available at this time. Carefully review the program descriptions below for eligibility criteria and restrictions.

Applications are created, submitted, and reviewed through our Grants@Heart electronic system.

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 with the exception of (1) applications specifically related to the AHA’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, and (2) the Veterans Administration employees. Funding is prohibited for awards at non-U.S. institutions.

Program Descriptions

The 2017 application dates are not yet final. Please continue to check back. For strategically focused programs, such as the Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine and Strategically Focused Research Network Awards, check the program webpage for additional application information.

Some AHA application forms and instructions have been updated for the summer 2016 deadlines. Check the Supporting Documents for the program to be sure you have the most up to date information.

Collaborative Sciences Award

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.

Letter of Intent deadline is Thursday, November 3, 2016, 5 pm Central Time. AHA will contact the applicants who have been selected to submit a full application.

Help Documents

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