Collaborating Investigator Information


A collaborating investigator contributes in a substantive way to the scientific development or execution of the project. Typically, a collaborating investigator has a doctoral or other professional degrees and devotes a specific percent of effort to the project. For certain AHA programs, an applicant will identify a collaborating investigator.

Supporting Documentation for an Application

The applicant cannot submit his/her application without your documents; therefore, it is important that you meet the applicant's deadline. Send your documents electronically to the applicant. The applicant will upload the documents to the application. A collaborator, consultant or sponsor contributing to an application that requires reference letters may not also serve as a referent. If you have also been asked to provide a reference document, notify the applicant immediately.

The collaborating investigator must provide the following documents:

  1. Letter confirming your participation and amount of time to be devoted to the project.
  2. Biographical sketch (not to exceed five pages). Submit your current NIH biosketch. 
    If you do not have an NIH biographical sketch, please contact the apply@heart.org for a template to use to create one.

Format/Type Requirements for All Documents

  • Create documents as Word files
  • 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
  • Sixty lines per page are the maximum allowed (average number of lines per page using the font and point size below will be 50-55 lines)
  • Arial Font style, 12 point font size for Windows users; Helvetica Font style, 12 point font size for Macintosh users

A-TRAC Pilot Program Applicants:

Please submit the following documents as a part of your application to Anshula Kesh:

  1. Letter confirming your participation and amount of time to be devoted to the project.
  2. NIH biosketch (new format: 5-pages) of your collaborating investigator(s).

Contact Us

American Heart Association
Division of Research Operations 
AHA National Center
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231-4596
E-mail: apply@heart.org 
Call: (214) 360-6107 (Option 1)