Research Partnership Programs

The American Heart/Stroke Association funds investigator-initiated career development and knowledge discovery projects through its research programs. We are also committed to identifying and supporting specific science areas deemed critical to achieving our mission and strategic objectives. The association has established partnerships with various organizations to fund focused research programs. The American Heart Association has also provided research administration services to the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, and the Cardiovascular Medical Research & Education Fund (CMREF).

The following foundations will provide funding for programs offered for the next cycle of funding:

AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards


Through the American Heart Association (AHA) and The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards, a total of $22.5 million will be awarded. The awards provide support for investigators who are actively conducting basic, clinical, population or translational research. The AHA and CHF share common priorities and interests in investing in congenital heart defects (CHD) research.

The initiative will fund research directly related to congenital heart defects. For more information, please visit the CHD Research Awards page.

AHA/Enduring Hearts Research Award

Enduring Hearts and the American Heart Association (AHA) established a research award for investigators conducting research specific to solid organ transplantation longevity.

The award fosters innovative, collaborative approaches to research projects that propose novel pairings of investigators from at least two broadly different disciplines. Projects must include at least one co-PI from a field directly related to pediatric heart transplantation and one co-PI from a field not directly related to clinical pediatric heart transplantation research.

Details: AHA/Enduring Hearts Research Awards in Pediatric Heart Transplantation

AHA-VIVA Physicians Research Awards

Special funding is available from VIVA Physicians to support early-career scientists interested in embarking on careers in patient-oriented vascular science.

The AHA-VIVA Physicians Research Awards will fund meritorious research to advance vascular science and foster the development of early-career scientists including Postdoctoral Fellowships and Career Development Awards. These research awards will offer training and mentorship to potential future leaders in the domain of patient-oriented vascular research ranging from health services, to epidemiology, to clinical and translational research.

Interested parties should submit an application for the AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship or Career Development Award. For Questions please email [email protected].

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER)

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research 

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is working together with the American Heart Association (AHA) to establish a research award for Anesthesiologists (holding an M.D. or D.O.) conducting research related to cardiovascular disease.

Interested parties should submit an application for a Career Development Award.

California Walnut Commission

Image of logo, featuring a walnut and the words California Walnuts 

Special funding is available from the California Walnut Commission for AHA Predoctoral Fellowships, AHA Postdoctoral Fellowships and Career Development Awards to investigators who are interested in research (observational or clinical trials) that will improve understanding and expand knowledge promoting healthy dietary patterns (for example Mediterranean-style diets, plant-forward or food modeling) that include walnut consumption. Proposals may examine any of the following:

  • Effects of walnut consumption, as part of healthy dietary patterns, on health-related outcomes
  • Novel approaches to incorporating walnuts into food-service operations or nutrition interventions serving racially, ethnically and economically diverse populations
  • How the inclusion of walnuts in treatment plans may impact common chronic conditions such as immune function, mental health, pain management, post-operative care

Interested candidates should review the eligibility criteria and program descriptions, and submit an applicationFor Questions please email [email protected].

Barth Syndrome Foundation (BSF)

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Special funding is available from the Barth Syndrome Foundation to support a predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship for an investigator proposing innovative basic, clinical, or translational research relevant to the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, and/or prevention of Barth Syndrome.

Interested parties should submit a Fellowship application.

AHA/ASA/ABF Lawrence M. Brass, M.D. Stroke Research Award


Special funding is available from the AHA to the American Brain Foundation (ABF) to support a training award for an individual interested in embarking on a career in cerebrovascular research related to vascular neurology, stroke and neurocritical care.

The Lawrence M. Brass Stroke Research Award encourages early-career investigators with supportive mentoring relationships to conduct introductory pilot studies that will guide future strategies for reducing cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular disease. The science focus includes all population research broadly related to cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular disease.

Interested parties should submit an application for a Clinical Research Training Scholarship (CRTS) from the American Academy of Neurology. Please email questions to [email protected].