Research Programs

Since 1949, the AHA has invested more than $4.6 billion in cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and brain health research.

Notice to AHA Research Community Regarding COVID-19

Dear AHA Research Community:

We know many of you are experiencing significant challenges conducting research at your institutions during the coronavirus pandemic. You no doubt have questions about steps the AHA is taking to support your research programs.

First and foremost is the safety of you and your research teams. We anticipate you are following the direction of your sponsoring institutions with regard to access to laboratories and research clinics. We are aware there are varying responses to the pandemic, ranging from all research activities being suspended indefinitely, to reduced operations and remote working until further notice. We understand the need for decisions to be made at the local level, with fluctuating degrees of interruptions on a daily and weekly basis. The AHA has adopted flexible grants management policies in recent years and will expand that flexibility and support as much as possible.

Dr. Mariel Jessup addresses AHA research community about accommodations being made by AHA to address difficulties awardees may be having conducting their research due to limitations created by the COVID-19 epidemic.

Disruptions to Ongoing Research Projects

  • Inform AHA if your funded projects are placed on hold indefinitely. This could take the form of restrictions on human subject recruitment or visits with enrolled subjects, as well as inaccessibility to laboratories.
  • AHA will support interim-year carryover requests due to suspension of research projects and allow rebudgeting.


  • Currently pending deadlines to submit scientific progress reports and patient recruitment/retention reports should proceed in a timely manner. The AHA is not extending these deadlines at this time.
  • Contact if submission of upcoming expenditure reports will be impacted by closure and/or reduced staffing of institutional accounting offices.

Award Extensions and Salary Expenditures During Work Stoppage

  • No-cost-extensions (NCE) are available as always. Awards currently on NCE may qualify for additional extensions.
  • AHA will also allow payment of salaries on grants and fellowships for up to 60 days without pre-approval during periods of work stoppage. Should inability to conduct research exceed 60 days, please contact AHA at

Expenditures Related to Cancelled Travel

  • Non-refundable charges (conference registration, airline ticket, etc.) incurred with the intent to attend a scientific conference that was subsequently cancelled can be charged to an AHA grant.

Deadlines for New Applications


The American Heart Association is working to ensure optimal care for patients with cardiovascular disease who contract coronavirus (COVID-19). Patients with underlying cardiovascular diseases appear to have increased risk for adverse outcomes with COVID-19. Please visit COVID-19 Content: An AHA Compendium of helpful resources for health systems, clinics, care providers, patients and the public.

Additional relevant resources can be found at the following sites:

Stay safe and healthy,
AHA Research Administration Team

About AHA Research

Funding research is a cornerstone of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission -- a pillar upon which the AHA was founded and a key to our future. The AHA is the largest not-for-profit funding source for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease research next to the federal government. New knowledge resulting from AHA funding benefits millions of lives in every corner of the U.S. and around the world:

  • Translation into medical advancements
  • Updated guidelines for healthcare providers to most effectively treat patients and improve peoples' well-being
  • Building careers in science and research

Our bold research vision is guided by 12 Essential Elements to ensure AHA is at the forefront of global changes, emphasizes collaborative and team research, accelerates discovery, and drives groundbreaking research outcomes.


Award offerings and resources for preparing and submitting an application for funding.

Peer Reviewer

Tools for evaluating the merit of research applications, and review committee rosters.


Rulebook and tools for managing awards.

Research Announcements

AHA Awardees Investigate COVID-19 and Its Cardiovascular Impact
The American Heart Association is funding 21 research grants focused on learning more about COVID-19 — 17 are fast-tracked projects and four are special awards to centers of Association’s Health Technologies and Innovation Strategically Focused Research Network. Because of the urgency of this issue, the projects funded are innovative, highly impactful, and anticipated to show progress within 9-12 months.

American Heart Association and Enduring Hearts Research Awards in Pediatric Heart Transplantation
For investigators who are actively conducting research directly related to improving the life expectancy and quality of life of pediatric heart transplant recipients. This funding opportunity offers competitive research grants in basic, clinical, population, and/or translational research via Collaborative Sciences Awards. Letter of Intent deadline is Thursday, October 1, 2020.

The American Heart Association and Allen Institute make $43 million commitment to research funding for innovative approaches to combat age-related dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

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The official Twitter account for the Research of the American Heart Association

AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards
The Children's Heart Foundation and the AHA are jointly funding AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards. $22.5 million will be awarded for research directly related to congenital heart defects. Learn more: AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards

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