The AHA continually enhances and refines its peer review process to identify and fund the most meritorious research projects that support our mission: To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.
Information for Applicants and Peer Reviewers
- Science Keywords
- Scoring and Triage Guidelines (PDF)
- AHA Lay Reviewers/Impact on Mission (PDF)
- Open Science Policy Statements
View program descriptions for details, application deadlines, and award activation dates.
Peer Reviewer Qualifications and Committee Rosters
Peer Review Criteria
To judge the merit of an application, reviewers will comment on the criteria listed for the award program. A current list of Funding Opportunities is on the program descriptions page. Applicants must fully address the peer review criteria outlined for each program type.
Applicants should never contact reviewers regarding their application. Discussing scientific content of an application or attempting to influence review outcome will constitute a conflict of interest in the review. Reviewers must notify the AHA if an applicant contacts them.
Lay Stakeholders' Role in Research
A Lay Stakeholder (non-scientist) volunteer is an individual without formal training as a scientist who has a strong interest in advancing AHA-focused science and healthcare. Engagement is usually based on intimate experience with cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease or disorder as a survivor, family member, caregiver, or advocate.