Strategically Focused Research Networks

SFRN Announcements

  • Coming Soon: New Strategically Focused Research Network on Diversity in Clinical Trials

Clinical trials, the seminal first step in the delivery of new medicines and therapies, typically struggle to recruit, enroll, and retain participants representing the diverse populations who live in our communities. Because safety and effectiveness may vary in different populations, the lack of diversity in clinical trial cohorts compromises the health care we can deliver to those who are excluded. Although this problem has been recognized for decades, little progress has been made in overcoming this critical deficiency. 
To address this deficiency, the AHA will create a Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) on Advancing the Science of Diversity in Clinical Trials. The network will consist of at least three funded Centers, each advancing science-based strategies that can be used to disrupt the status quo, present novel evidence, mitigate structural racism, and demonstrate effective models to engage individuals from under-represented groups, including race/ethnicity/ancestry, women and the elderly, so that participation in clinical trials aligns with the current, and future, diversity of our communities. 


2021 Funded Strategically Focused Research Networks Map

Active Strategically Focused Research Networks

The AHA is currently funding the Strategically Focused Research Networks (SFRN) listed below. See SFRN Awardees for individual project details.

Obesity SFRN
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, New York University Medical Center, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Vanderbilt University

Children’s SFRN
Children's National Health System, Duke University Medical Center, Northwestern University, University of Utah

Vascular Disease SFRN
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Northwestern University, University of Kentucky, Vanderbilt University

Atrial Fibrillation SFRN
Boston University, Cleveland Clinic, Northwestern University, Stanford University, University of Utah, Vanderbilt University

Arrhythmias & Sudden Cardiac Death SFRN
Michigan University, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, University of Washington

Cardiometabolic Health & Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus SFRN
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, University of Iowa, New York University, Johns Hopkins University

Health Technologies & Innovation SFRN
Boston University, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Stanford University, University of Michigan

Disparities in Cardio-Oncology SFRN
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Boston University School of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Pennsylvania

Completed Strategically Focused Research Networks

Funding has ended for the networks listed below. Results of their work are contained in the executive summaries.

Prevention SFRN
Northwestern University (Ill.), Vanderbilt University (Tenn.), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (N.Y.), University of Texas, Southwestern (Texas) 

Prevention SFRN Executive Summary (PDF)

Hypertension SFRN
University of Iowa (Iowa), Medical College of Wisconsin (Wis.), Cincinnati Children's Hospital (Ohio), University of Alabama, Birmingham (Ala.)  
Hypertension SFRN Executive Summary (PDF)

Disparities SFRN
Medical University of South Carolina (S.C.), Morehouse School of Medicine (Ga.), Northwestern University (Ill.), University of Colorado Denver (Colo.)
Disparities SFRN Executive Summary (PDF)

Go Red for Women SFRN 
Columbia University Medical Center (N.Y.), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Md.), Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation (Pa.), New York University Medical Center (N.Y.), University of California, San Diego (Calif.)

GRFW SFRN Executive Summary (PDF)

Heart Failure SFRN
Duke University Medical Center (N.C.), Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass.), University of Utah (Utah), University of Colorado Denver (Colo.)

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

Postdoctoral graduates interested in a fellowship opportunity with one of AHA’s Strategically Focused Research Networks should submit an application to the center(s) of interest.

If you are interested in future SFRN postdoctoral fellowships with a Network, please submit a CV to and it will be shared with the Training Directors once these Networks are awarded.

View the Strategically Focused Research Network Awardees

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