Research Programs

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Celebrating $5 Billion Invested in Research

Funding research is a cornerstone of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission and a key to our future. On July 1, 2022, the AHA reached a monumental milestone of more than $5 billion invested in scientific research. Since 1949, the AHA has made significant annual investments in research that include funding 14 Nobel Prize winning scientists, in addition to breakthroughs in cardiovascular and stroke discovery, translation, and clinical application through more than 47,000 projects. As the largest non-profit, non-governmental funder of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular research in the U.S., this achievement can be measured in longer, healthier lives for untold individuals and families around the world.

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 people's 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.

The AHA Research Committee and Subcommittees are composed of science and medicine volunteers. They establish and direct the organization's research policies and programs.


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

Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) on
Biologic Pathways of Chronic Psychosocial Stressors on Cardiovascular Health

Required pre-proposal deadline: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, at 3 pm CT
Application deadline: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at 3 pm CT

This new Network will support at least three Centers whose collective efforts will lead to a greatly enhanced understanding of mechanisms underlying the impact of chronic psychosocial stress on cardiovascular health. Each center application will include three (3) research projects from at least two (2) science disciplines. Due to the critical need for fundamental understanding of mechanisms that drive cardiovascular effects of chronic psychosocial stress, two of the proposed projects must be basic science focused.

Innovations in Undergraduate Research Training Through Multisite Collaborative Programming: American Heart Association Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Syndicate | Journal of the American Heart Association (

The American Heart Association Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) program serves as a model for building multiā€institutional partnerships and providing research experiences that overcome institutional barriers and support students' interests, commitment, and ability to persist in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

AHA Awardees: Apply for a Precision Medicine Platform workspace to perform data analyses
The workspace will provide up to $50,000 in AWS credits per year during an AHA award. Register for a free account on the AHA Precision Medicine PlatformLearn more about the platform (video)

Follow us on Twitter @AHA_Research
The official Twitter account for the Research of the American Heart Association

Research  Accomplishments

Facts, stats & historical highlights of AHA research funding

Research Insider

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2022 AHA Holidays

AHA offices will be closed on the following days. Inquiries will be answered as quickly as possible upon reopening.

Jan. 17 Sept. 5
May 27 - 30 Nov. 24 & 25 
July 1 & 4 Dec. 26 - Jan. 2