Required Application Documents


Submission of proposals for AHA research funding is done entirely online, using ProposalCentral. Paper submissions are not accepted. When completing an application for funding, the Applicant/Principal Investigator (PI) is required to upload specific documents.

In addition, third party individuals associated with the application will provide supporting documents. All required documents must be uploaded into ProposalCentral by the applicant before the proposal can be submitted. Exception: Several programs require reference reports or letters. Referees will upload their documents into ProposalCentral by using a link that will be sent to them via a system-generated email message. Referees must upload their documents before the proposal can be submitted.

For a complete list of required documents, select a program below, then toggle between the Applicant and Third-party Personnel tabs. Please note: You can only upload required documents. There is no mechanism in the system to accept supplemental materials.

View AHA policies governing all research awards including Open Science Policies.

IMPORTANT: Instructions are contained in the Application Instructions (PDF) for items below that are not hyperlinked.

AHA Predoctoral Fellowship and AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applicant

  • Proposed Research Plan (5 pages)
  • Biographical Sketch (5 pages) -- NIH OMB No. 0925-0001 and 0925-0002 (Rev. 03/2020 approved through 02/28/2023). No need to reformat to AHA page specifications.
  • Literature Cited (4 pages)
  • Vertebrate Animal Subjects (no page limit)
  • Resubmission Modifications (if applicable, 2 pages)

Third Party Personnel

** For the following three items, AHA now requires one document from the sponsor that also includes information for the co-sponsor, if one has been named. **

Optional third-party personnel:

Career Development Award

Institutional Award for Undergraduate Student Training

Applicant (program director)

Third Party Personnel, if listed in application

HERN on the Prevention of Hypertension

Project Grant Applicant

  • Applicant/PI Biosketch (5 pages)
  • Budget Justification (2 pages) (document)
  • Research Project Environment (2 pages) (document)
  • Project Plan (12 pages) – See Peer Review Phase I in the RFA for criteria against which the proposal will be evaluated.
  • Literature Cited in Proposal (4 pages)
  • Coordinating Center Vision and Approach to Foster Synergy and Collaboration (8 pages) - Obtain from Coordinating Center PI
  • Summary for Non-scientists/Lay Summary - The lay summary is not a document to be uploaded, rather it is entered through form fields in ProposalCentral. We list it here so the applicant may be aware that this is required.

HERN Required Document Instructions (PDF)

Coordinating Center Applicant

  • Applicant/PI Biosketch (5 pages)
  • Budget Justification (2 pages) (document)
  • Infrastructure to Support Coordinating Center (2 pages) 
  • Coordinating Center Vision and Approach to Foster Synergy and Collaboration (8 pages)  
  • Coordinating Center PI Qualifications (2 pages)
  • Literature Cited in Proposal (4 pages) 
  • Summary for Non-scientists/Lay Summary - The lay summary is not a document to be uploaded, rather it is entered through form fields in ProposalCentral. We list it here so the applicant may be aware that this is required.

HERN Required Document Instructions (PDF)

Strategically Focused Research Network

Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine Awards

Grant Applicants

  • Data Access Approval Letter(s) (no page limit) (PDF)
  • Research Plan (5 pages)
  • Literature Cited (no page limit)
  • Biographical Sketch/Bibliography (5 pages)
  • Budget Justification Form - Word template (2 pages) (DOCX)

Postdoctoral Fellowship Applicants

Institutional Program Director Applicants

Program Director Applicant Documents

Sponsor Applicant Documents

Optional Fellow Documents