Application Information

Opportunities for funding are offered through the Association-wide Research Program and our seven affiliates. The Association-wide programs are available to eligible investigators and institutions across the U.S. The affiliate programs are limited to eligible investigators and institutions in their respective geographical areas.

The AHA offers two funding cycles per year. 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. See the Research Announcements in the left column on this page for information on AHA targeted research programs.

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

Applications for the Summer 2016 programs listed below will be available in Grants@Heart in mid-May.  For strategically focused programs such as Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine and SFRN, check the program webpage for additional application information.

Several programs have a broad target audience. You should always refer to the program description for details.

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.

Undergraduate Student Fellowship

This is an institutional award, made to qualified research institutions within the affiliate's geographic boundaries, that can offer meaningful mentored research experience to undergraduate college students from all disciplines.

Offered by: Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southwest, and Western States

Medical/Graduate Student Fellowship

An institutional award, made to qualified research institutions within the affiliate's geographic boundaries, that can offer meaningful mentored research experience to medical and health science students. The goal is to encourage them to pursue research careers, focus their research interests, and provide a background for future training and career development programs once they have completed their medical/graduate training

Offered by: Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southwest, and Western States

Predoctoral Fellowship

Helps students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.

Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southwest, and Western States
Career Stage: Gaining credentials – doctoral student

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Helps trainees initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research while obtaining significant research results under the supervision of a sponsor or mentor; supports individuals before they are ready for some stage of independent research.

Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southwest, and Western States
Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow

Mentored Clinical & Population Research Award

Encourages early career investigators who have appropriate and supportive mentoring relationships to engage in high quality introductory and pilot clinical studies that will guide future strategies for reducing cardiovascular disease and stroke while fostering new research in clinical and translational science, and encouraging community- and population-based activities.

Offered by: Association-wide Research Program
Career Stage: Directed step/first independent step - master's degree. Healthcare professionals with a master's degree or certain doctoral degrees.

Scientist Development Grant

Supports highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence by encouraging and adequately funding research projects that can bridge the gap between completion of research training and readiness for successful competition as an independent investigator.

Offered by: Association-wide Research Program Career Stage:
First independent step – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent

Established Investigator Award

To support mid-career investigators with unusual promise and an established record of accomplishments; candidates have a demonstrated commitment to cardiovascular or cerebrovascular science as indicated by prior publication history and scientific accomplishments. A candidate's career is expected to be in a rapid growth phase.

Offered by: Association-wide Research Program

Grant-In-Aid

Encourages and adequately funds the most innovative and meritorious research projects from independent investigators.

Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southwest, and Western States
Career Stage: First independent step, intermediate level or recognized investigator – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent, associate professor or equivalent, professor or equivalent. Applicants are expected to be independent investigators.

Innovative Research Grant

To support highly innovative, high-risk, high-reward research that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the field of cardiovascular and stroke research.

Offered by: Association-wide Research Program
 

Help Documents

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