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Abbreviated Research Proposal for the WSA Innovative Science Award

The abbreviated proposal for the Western States Affiliate Innovative Science Award 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 address all of the peer review criteria including a section on the proposed milestones. This will be used during the peer review process for the competitive, conditional third-year award.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.


The research proposal must be created as a Word-processed document, converted to a portable document format (PDF) file, and uploaded to Grants@Heart. Only PDF files will be accepted. When creating the Research Proposal, you must comply exactly with the association's format/type requirements and page limits. Failure to comply will result in the administrative withdrawal (disqualification) of the application.
  • Only portable document format (PDF) files will be accepted.
  • Document must be single-spaced and single sided.
  • 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specifications must be observed in the text of your research plan or the application will not be reviewed and will be withdrawn.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 determines if the format conforms to our requirements and has the authority to withdraw applications. This decision is final and not subject to appeal.

Internet website 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 that they should not directly access an Internet site as it could compromise their anonymity.

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.

Abbreviated Proposal
  • 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 Science Award 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.

Notice: The Grants@Heart electronic system will reject a document that exceeds the page limit.