Since 1949, the AHA has invested more than $4.1 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.

Funding research is a cornerstone of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission. It is a pillar upon which the AHA was founded nearly a century ago. It is ingrained in our organization’s DNA, and will always be part of our ongoing legacy.

The AHA research program has tremendous impact. The new knowledge and advances that result from our research benefit millions of lives in every corner of the U.S. and around the world. The research findings made possible by the AHA are translated into guidelines which give healthcare providers the medical advancements and knowledge they need to most effectively treat cardiovascular and cerebrovascular illnesses. As the largest source of funding for cardiovascular disease and stroke research next to the federal government, AHA is committed to funding cutting-edge science and building careers in science and research impacting every aspect of CVD and stroke prevention and treatment.

Research is changing and the AHA is changing with it. The new research vision of the AHA ensures our program is at the forefront of these changes occurring across the globe. The vision emphasizes collaborative and team research, accelerating discovery, and driving groundbreaking research outcomes.

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/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.

For more information, please visit our CHD Research Awards page

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.


Current Research Partnership Programs

AHA/Children's Heart FoundationDuPontEnduring Hearts
The Society of Thoracic SurgeonsAmerican Brain FoundationThe Myocarditis FoundationChildren's Cardiomyopathy Foundation
Interested parties should submit an application through Grants@Heart to the AHA Association-wide Research Program.