Strategically Focused Research Networks

SFRN Announcements

New Cardio-Oncology SFRN will begin in 2021

Check back here for updates.

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.

2020 Funded Strategically Focused Research Networks Map 

The AHA is currently funding eight Strategically Focused Research Networks (SFRN) with focuses on Heart Failure, Obesity, Children, Vascular Disease, Atrial Fibrillation, Arrhythmias & Sudden Cardiac Death, Cardiometabolic Health & Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Health Technologies & Innovation. To date, four Networks (Prevention, Hypertension, Disparities, and Go Red For Women) have completed.

  • Prevention SFRN (completed): Northwestern University (Ill.), Vanderbilt University (Tenn.), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (N.Y.), and the University of Texas, Southwestern (Texas) Prevention SFRN Executive Summary (PDF)
  • Hypertension SFRN (completed): The University of Iowa (Iowa), the Medical College of Wisconsin (Wis.), Cincinnati Children's Hospital (Ohio), and the University of Alabama, Birmingham (Ala.)  Hypertension SFRN Executive Summary (PDF)
  • Disparities SFRN (completed): Medical University of South Carolina (S.C.), Morehouse School of Medicine (Ga.), Northwestern University (Ill.), and the University of Colorado Denver (Colo.)
  • 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.), and the University of California, San Diego (Calif.)
  • Heart Failure SFRN: Duke University Medical Center (N.C.), Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass.), University of Utah (Utah), University of Colorado Denver (Colo.)
  • Obesity SFRN: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Md.), New York University Medical Center (N.Y.), University of Alabama, Birmingham (Ala.), and the Vanderbilt University (Tenn.)
  • Children’s SFRN: Children's National Health System (D.C.), Duke University Medical Center (N.C.), Northwestern University (Ill.) and University of Utah (Utah)
  • Vascular Disease SFRN: Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Mass.), Northwestern University (Ill.), University of Kentucky (Ky.), and Vanderbilt University (Tenn.)
  • Atrial Fibrillation SFRN: Boston University (Mass.), Cleveland Clinic (Ohio), Northwestern University (Ill.), Stanford University (Calif.), University of Utah (Utah), and Vanderbilt University (Tenn.)
  • Arrhythmias & Sudden Cardiac Death SFRN: Michigan University (Mich.), Northwestern University (Ill.), Vanderbilt University (Tenn.) and University of Washington (Wash.)
  • Cardiometabolic Health & Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus SFRN: Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Mass.), University of Iowa (Iowa), New York University (N.Y.) and Johns Hopkins University (Md.)
  • Health Technologies & Innovation SFRN: Boston University (Mass.), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Ohio), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Md.), Stanford University (Calif.) and University of Michigan (Mich.)