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Highlights from the Researchers at Heart Reception at Scientific Sessions 2023

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Funding Updates and Deadlines

Deadlines announced for these investigator-initiated funding opportunities:

AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
Proposal deadline: Wednesday, September 4, 2024

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. Within this award, additional collaboration money has been designated through the AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards and by the Barth Syndrome Foundation and California Walnut Commission.

AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship
Proposal deadline: Thursday, September 5, 2024

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. Within this award, additional collaboration money has been designated through the AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards and AHA/VIVA Physician Research Award and by the Barth Syndrome Foundation and California Walnut Commission.

Institutional Award for Undergraduate Student Training
Proposal deadline: Wednesday, September 11, 2024
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.

AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award (AIREA)
Proposal deadline: Thursday, September 12, 2024

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.

Career Development Award
Proposal deadline: Wednesday, December 5, 2024

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.

Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Science
Proposal deadline: Thursday, February 6, 2025

To enable current AHA awardees to identify and serve as mentors for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups in science and medicine.

Noteworthy Call Outs

Century of progress sets stage for future scientific advances in cardiovascular health

As heart disease and stroke remain the top causes of death worldwide, the solutions to challenges of the next century must combine lessons of the past with innovations of the future, according to “The American Heart Association at 100: A Century of Scientific Progress and the Future of Cardiovascular Science - A Presidential Advisory,” published in Circulation.

The advisory is the first ever written exclusively by current and past volunteer presidents of the American Heart Association. Its writers present the journey of the AHA over the past century and conclude that, if the second century of the organization’s lifesaving work is to be as impactful as the first, we must embrace:

  • Scientific Literacy to increase public knowledge and understanding about the methods and interpretation of scientific data
  • Nontraditional Approaches to Health Care to address the social and structural determinants of health
  • Interconnectedness of Organ Systems, Mechanisms of Disease and Stages of Life to understand the relationship between cardiovascular health and overall health
  • Appreciation of Systems of Care to better manage diseases that involve multiple organ systems, such as cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic disease
  • More Funding for Research to keep pace with scientific advances, including artificial intelligence technology

Featured Alumni Stories

Craig Goergen, PhD, FAHA

Leslie A. Geddes Professor
Co-Director of Purdue Engineering Initiative in Engineering—Medicine
Director of Clinical Programs, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering

Purdue University

“This funding helped create a new three-year summer program called "Cardiovascular Disease and Biomedical Engineering at Purdue/Indiana University"..."

Craig Goergen