Application Information

Live Funding Opportunities Webinars

Get information about upcoming AHA Research award offerings, application tips, and the peer review process. Each online seminar includes a 20-minute overview
and a 10-minute Q & A session.

Thursday, October 27, 2022
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Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - 10 a.m. CST 
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Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - 10 a.m. CDT
Click to register for 4/5/23

Webinars for 2023 Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Science
For current AHA Research awardees who wish to support a pre- or postdoctoral fellow from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group in science and medicine.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022
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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 - 11 a.m. CST
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Research Funding Webinar for Underrepresented Investigators

Speaker headshots for Funding Underrepresented Investigators webinar - Carlos J. Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC, Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, PHD, MHS, RN  and William W. Ashley, Jr., MD, PhD, MBA, FAANSCarlos J. Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC and Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, PHD, MHS, RN, FAHA present AHA research priorities to address health inequities and structural racism, AHA research award offerings, application tips, and the peer review process.

Plus, a special welcome from William W. Ashley, Jr., MD, PhD, MBA, FAANS.

The seminar also includes a Q & A session with the participants.

Watch the video: (recorded 10/20/22)

Upcoming Proposal Deadlines

Upcoming Proposal Deadlines
Program* Pre-proposal Deadline Proposal Deadline** Award Start Date
AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
Enhances the training of promising students in pre-doctoral or clinical health professional degree training programs and who intend careers as scientists, physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists, or related careers aimed at improving global health and wellbeing.
  - Closed -
Sept. 7, 2022
Jan. 1, 2023
AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship
Enhances the training of postdoctoral applicants who are not yet independent. The applicant must be embedded in an appropriate investigative group with the mentorship, support, and relevant scientific guidance of a research mentor.
  - Closed -
Sept. 8, 2022
Jan. 1, 2023
Institutional Award for Undergraduate Student Training
This award is made to qualified institutions that can offer a meaningful research experience that supports the AHA mission that encourages undergraduate college students from all disciplines to consider research careers.
  - Closed -
Sept. 13, 2022
Jan. 1, 2023
AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards
The AHA and The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards will support predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows who are actively conducting basic, clinical, population or translational research directly related to congenital heart defects.
  - Closed -
Sept. 21, 2022
Jan. 1, 2023

Merit Award
Funds investigators with stellar track records of accomplishment, demonstrated by federal or equivalent funding from multiple sources and excellent publication records with substantial impact, who have the potential to move a field of science forward with creative approaches that are aligned with the AHA's mission.

- Closed -

- Closed -
Nov. 17, 2022

April 1, 2023

Established Investigator Award
Supports established investigators in rapid career growth phase, with records of accomplishments and showing extraordinary promise. Candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to cardiovascular or cerebrovascular science disciplines that support the AHA’s mission, as indicated by funding and publication history and scientific accomplishments. Candidates should propose an innovative/novel research direction that challenges existing paradigms and employs novel concepts, approaches, or technologies.

- Closed -

Jan. 12, 2023

April 1, 2023

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

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.

- Closed -

Jan. 19, 2023

April 1, 2023

Collaborative Sciences Award
Fosters innovative collaborative approaches to research projects that propose novel pairings of investigators from at least two broadly disparate disciplines. The proposal must focus on the collaborative relationship, such that the scientific objectives could not be achieved without the efforts of at least two co-principal investigators and their respective disciplines.

Dec. 1, 2022

Thursday, March 9, 2023  July 1, 2023

Innovative Project Award
Supports highly innovative, high-impact research that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the field of cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular research. The idea proposed here should not have been submitted in whole or in part in a previous proposal for AHA support.

Dec. 2, 2022
March 10, 2023
July 1, 2023

AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award (AIREA)
Stimulates research at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees related to scientific research training. Eligible institutions may not have been major recipients of NIH support. Awards provide funding for small-scale research projects related to cardiovascular diseases and brain health, enhancing the research environment at eligible institutions, and exposing students to research opportunities.


Dec. 7, 2022

April 1, 2023
Career Development Award
Supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals in the early years of first professional appointment to assure the applicant’s future success as a research scientist in the field of cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular disease research.
Dec. 8, 2022
April 1, 2023

Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Science
Under the mentorship of current AHA awardees, this mechanism supports research experiences for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in science.

  Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023 April 1, 2023

Transformational Project Award
Supports highly innovative, high-impact projects that build on work in progress that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the field of cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular research. Research deemed innovative may be built around an emerging paradigm, approaching an existing problem from a new perspective, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities.


Feb. 16, 2023

July 1, 2023

Special Funding for Targeted Topics
Other non-profit funding organizations that share an interest in supporting targeted areas related to cardiovascular disease and stroke co-fund select AHA research awards. In 2023, special funding is available for research focused on congenital heart defects,  effects of walnut consumption on health-related outcomes, and Barth Syndrome. Funding is also available for investigators embarking on careers in clinical vascular science, anesthesiology, and cerebrovascular research related to vascular neurology, stroke and neurocritical care. Learn more about co-funded research opportunities.

   * Additional funding opportunities may be added. Watch this page for updates.

  ** Full applications are by invitation only for programs that require pre-proposals.

Application Resources

The AHA does not endorse any outside resources.
These are offered for applicants’ reference and convenience.

AHA Research Application and Award Process (PDF)

AHA Application Instructions (PDF)
| Step-by-step resource for preparing your proposal
The following helpful links are included in the instructions document:

  • Tutorial: How to Create an Application using ProposalCentral (PDF)

  • Summary for Non-scientists

    Explain your proposed work to people without science or medical backgrounds, such as a new neighbor or a high school senior. Avoid technical and scientific terms. Refer to section 10 of the Application Instructions for help with completing this section.

    Describe the major health problem you are addressing, the specific questions you wish to answer, how your proposal addresses this problem, the overall impact of the proposed work, and how the proposal supports the AHA mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer healthier lives

    Online editor |
    Your summary’s grade level is automatically calculated in the ProposalCentral form. If your summary is written above the 12th-grade level, your proposal cannot be submitted. Yellow and red shading indicate passages that will benefit from editing. For editing assistance, you may use Readable or a similar online tool.

    Image of Georgia Papavasiliou, PhD, on YouTube screen

    VIDEO: How to Share Your AHA-Funded Research

    Researcher Georgia Papavasiliou, PhD, shows you how to explain your research to non-scientists in a way that will get them excited about your work.


  • Science Keywords – Selecting the terms that best describe your proposed work is important for sorting your proposal to the most appropriate AHA review group.

  • How and Why to Write a Career Development Plan | Robert Half

  • Guide to Writing a Career Development Plan

Peer Review Evaluation

Each AHA Request for Proposals includes the criteria that study section members will use for evaluation and scoring. Review these criteria carefully and address them in your proposal.

Biosketch Resources | The National Institutes of Health

Proposal Resources | The National Institutes of Health

Characteristics of All AHA Awards

All AHA grants share the following features unless noted in the program description:

  • Each applicant must be an AHA Professional Member. Join or renew when preparing an application in ProposalCentral, online, or by phone at 301-223-2307 or 1-800-787-8984. Membership processing may take 3-5 days; do not wait until the application deadline to renew or join.

  • Science Focus: The AHA funds basic, clinical, behavioral, translational and population research, bioengineering/biotechnology and public health problems broadly related to fulfilling our mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

  • Disciplines: AHA awards are open to all academic and health professionals. This includes but is not limited to all academic disciplines (biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, engineering, data science, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, etc.).

  • AHA maintains dedicated Peer Review Committees by award type and subject. The applicant is required to select the desired review group (AHA Science Classifications).

  • The extent to which the focus of the project is related to cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular diseases and/or brain health is an important factor that will be considered, though an applicant is not required to be a part of a cardiovascular/cerebrovascular-oriented laboratory, clinic or department.

  • The AHA believes diversity and inclusion is an essential component to driving its mission and strongly encourages applications by women, underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the sciences, military veterans, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those who have experienced varied and non-traditional career trajectories.

  • Eligible Sponsoring Institution: American Heart Association research awards are limited to U.S.-based non-profit institutions, including medical, osteopathic and dental schools, veterinary schools, schools of public health, pharmacy schools, nursing schools, universities and colleges, public and voluntary hospitals and others that can demonstrate the ability to conduct the proposed research, except for applications specifically related to the AHA’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine. An investigator may be allowed to request approval to conduct work outside the United States temporarily.

  • Applications will not be accepted for work with funding to be administered through any federal institution or work to be performed by a federal employee, except for Veterans Administration employees.

  • Scientists whose projects involve coding and/or use large amounts of data are encouraged to apply and will be given access to the AHA Precision Medicine Platform, a cloud-based solution for data analysis. See details below.

  • Percent Effort: Unless specified, no minimum percent effort is required; however, the Principal Investigator must demonstrate that adequate time will be devoted to ensuring successful completion of the project.

  • Transferability: AHA project awards are fully transferable to make the awardee a "free agent" who is empowered to move to another qualified institution while retaining the award.

  • Rebudgeting: Unless specified, award budgets are unrestricted among allowable categories (salary/fringe of PI and essential personnel, supplies, equipment/computers, travel, human subjects, etc.). Funds may be re-budgeted between categories without prior AHA approval.

  • Pre-proposals (letters of intent): Some programs follow a two-part application process, as indicated in the chart of deadlines above. Part one is the submission of a pre-proposal (required letter of intent), applicant’s biosketch, and other preliminary documents, as requested.

  • Multiple Awards: An individual may hold more than one AHA award concurrently, but may only hold one career development/recognition award (Career Development Award, Established Investigator Award, Merit Award) at a time. Strategically Focused Research Network personnel may hold individual AHA awards.

  • The AHA reserves the right to an initial triage, whereby a minimum of half of the submissions may be triaged and not discussed in a peer review meeting. All proposals submitted will receive a written critique, unless otherwise noted.

  • Most recent application success rates.

  • If you had a prior AHA Research award, your eligibility to receive additional funding might depend on demonstrated compliance with our open science policies. Please refer to the AHA’s compliance instructions (PDF) to ensure that previous awards are in good standing.

  • Citizenship: Awardees must have one of the following designations:
    • U.S. citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Pending permanent resident
      (must have filed Form I-485 for permanent resident status and obtained an I-797C Notice of Action that the application has been received by USCIS and case is pending)
    • E-3 Visa - specialty occupation worker
    • F-1 Visa – student (predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows only)
    • G-4 Visa - family member of an international organization employee
    • H1-B Visa - temporary worker in a specialty occupation
    • J-1 Visa - exchange visitor (except for pre- and postdoctoral fellowships, awardees must obtain an H-1B or equivalent by the award activation date)
    • O-1 Visa - temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences
    • TN Visa - NAFTA Professional
    • DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

      Trainees are not required to reside in the United States for any period before applying for American Heart Association funding. Trainees must maintain one of the designations listed above throughout the duration of the award.

      One of the designations listed above must be maintained throughout the duration of the award.

Graph career levels required for AHA Research Portifolio

AHA Awardees: Register for a Precision Medicine Platform Workspace

The AHA Precision Medicine Platform provides users with a secure cloud computing workspace equipped with analytical tools via a friendly web user interface. The tools allow you to write code in various languages (e.g., Python, R, SAS, and more), execute the code, and view results as they are processed. These software packages range from machine learning, statistical analysis, data analysis, visualization, and genomic and bioinformatic tools. Researchers can also upload their own software. View a complete list of languages, packages, and kernels available.

As an awardee of the AHA, you are encouraged to request a workspace and are eligible for cloud computing credits at no cost during the term of your AHA award.

Take advantage of this offer to learn how to use a cloud computing platform. Learning to use the Precision Medicine Platform with free cloud computing credits will put you in a strong position for more AHA and NIH funding.

The Importance of Early Career Research Funding

Michelle Johansen, MD, talks about how AHA research funding early in her career has led to success.

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

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