The abbreviated proposal for the Association-wide Research Program Innovative Research Grant is limited to five pages.
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 peer review criteria can be found within the program description. Remember that preliminary data is not needed, but a solid rationale for the work must be provided. Detailed scientific protocols are not expected.
- Only Portable Document Format (PDF) files will be accepted.
- Document 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.
- 60 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
- Five 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specifications must be observed in the text of your research plan or the application will not be reviewed and will be withdrawn.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 5-page limit.
- Project Description
What is the scientific problem that will be addressed and why is this important? What are the innovative or high-risk, high-reward approaches that, if successful, might lead to paradigm-shifting results? Does the project address a critical barrier to progress in the field? Are novel approaches, methodologies, tools or technologies being used for this project? Give a brief synopsis of methodology to be used and challenges or potential problem areas/alternative tactics.
Although information about personnel and environment are contained in other areas of the AHA application, if you desire you may include brief information about unique features to this project (such as personnel, features of the scientific environment, subject populations, or collaborative arrangements). (This is not required.)
- Significance of Problem to Cardiovascular or Stroke Research
Explain the importance of this scientific problem as it relates to cardiovascular or stroke research. How will scientific knowledge or clinical practice be impacted if successful? Will there be an impact on the methods/concepts/technologies that drive a particular field?
End of text (not to exceed 5 pages in the Abbreviated Proposal).
Applications to the Innovative Research Grant will be assigned to a group of multidisciplinary reviewers. You may be writing for a reviewer in a related field and an expert directly in your area. Aim the application at both the expert in the field and at the generalist. The level of detail should be appropriate for reviewers who have a broad knowledge of the scientific area.
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.
Notice: the Grants@Heart electronic system will reject a document that exceeds the page limit.