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) - 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. Learn more about AHA Lay Stakeholder Representatives in Science and Research.
- 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 on the award program description. A current list of Funding Opportunities is on the Application Information page. Applicants must fully address the peer review criteria outlined for the specific award program for which they are applying.
Applicants should never contact reviewers regarding applications. 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.