Since 1949, the AHA has invested more than $3.9 billion in research to enhance our knowledge of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

About AHA Research

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is a national voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. We are working toward improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, by the year 2020.

We fund research programs that support the development of beginning investigators and those that enrich existing bodies of knowledge – by identifying new ways to prevent, detect and treat cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The AHA Research Program is guided by 12 Essential Elements developed by a broad group of key stakeholders including science volunteers.


View the Application Information page to find all the resources needed for preparing and submitting your application for funding. 

Peer Review

The AHA is continually enhancing and refining its review process to ensure that we are able to identify and fund the most meritorious research projects in support of our mission.

Awards & Policies

Learn more about all policies and procedures that govern all applications and awards. 

Research Announcements

AHA Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study (CVGPS) Funding Announcement

The Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study (CVGPS) is a collaboration among AHA, Boston University (BU) and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), the academic coordinating center homes, respectively, of the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) and the Jackson Heart Study (JHS).

New Strategically Focused Research Network Topics

The AHA Board of Directors has approved the topics for the next two Strategically Focused Research Networks (SFRN). The sixth SFRN will focus on OBESITY and the seventh SFRN will focus on CHILDREN. View the SFRN funding opportunities for more information.

AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards

The Children's Heart Foundation (CHF) has partnered with the American Heart Association to establish the AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards. A total of $22.5 million will be awarded from July 2014 through June 2021 to provide support for investigators who are actively conducting basic, clinical, population or translational research directly related to congenital heart defects. Interested parties should submit an application through Grants@Heart to any AHA investigator-initiated program offered by their local affiliate or the Association-wide Research Program.

If you are applying because of this promotion, after you submit your application, send an email notifying AHA Research Administration. 


The AHA's Grants@Heart site is a web-based system for application preparation, submission, peer review and awards management. The system is available 24/7. An application for funding can be completed and submitted to the AHA online.


Research Insider

This monthly e-newsletter alerts applicants, awardees and research professionals to upcoming funding activities, and informs readers about related AHA/ASA opportunities.


Research Partnership Programs for Winter 2016

AHA/Children's Heart FoundationDuPontEnduring Hearts
Friedreich's Ataxia Research AllianceAmerican Academy of Neurology InstituteThe Myocarditis FoundationChildren's Cardiomyopathy Foundation
Interested parties should submit an application through Grants@Heart to their local affiliate or the AHA Association-wide Research Program.