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. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CDT on the deadline date. The system will shut down at 5:00 p.m. CDT. 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.

Please continue to check back, as deadline information will be updated as program opportunities are announced.

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.

AHA Merit Award

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.

The required Letter of Intent deadline is Tuesday, November 1, 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: