Strategically Focused Research Networks

SFRN Announcements

Awardees named for $20 million Strategically Focused Research Network on the Science of Diversity in Clinical Trials

The American Heart Association, with support from Pfizer and Gates Ventures, awards five new grants to address the lack of diversity, equity and inclusion in clinical trials for medical research. Read more.

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 and project details.

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

The Science of Diversity in Clinical Trials SFRN
Stanford University School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Hawaii, Washington State University, University of Pennsylvania, Emory University, Grady Health Systems (Atlanta), MedStar Washington Hospital Center (D.C.), University of Southern California's (USC) Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute and USC's Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, Howard University

Completed Strategically Focused Research Networks

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

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

Executive Summary (PDF) | Narrative Report (PDF)

Hypertension SFRN
University of Iowa (Iowa), Medical College of Wisconsin (Wis.), Cincinnati Children's Hospital (Ohio), University of Alabama, Birmingham (Ala.)  
Executive Summary (PDF) | Narrative Report (PDF)End-of-Network Collaborative Publication (PDF)

Disparities SFRN
Medical University of South Carolina (S.C.), Morehouse School of Medicine (Ga.), Northwestern University (Ill.), University of Colorado Denver (Colo.)
Executive Summary (PDF) | Narrative Report (PDF) | End-of-Network Collaborative Publication (coming soon)

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.)

Executive Summary (PDF) | Narrative Report (PDF) | End-of-Network Collaborative Publication (PDF)

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

Executive Summary (PDF) | Narrative Report (PDF) | End-of-Network Collaborative Publication (coming soon)

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

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 Current Strategically Focused Research Networks

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