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Celebrating $5 Billion Invested in Research

Funding research is a cornerstone of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission and a key to our future. On July 1, 2022, the AHA reached a monumental milestone of more than $5 billion invested in scientific research. Since 1949, the AHA has made significant annual investments in research that include funding 14 Nobel Prize winning scientists, in addition to breakthroughs in cardiovascular and stroke discovery, translation, and clinical application through more than 47,000 projects. As the largest non-profit, non-governmental funder of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular research in the U.S., this achievement can be measured in longer, healthier lives for untold individuals and families around the world.

About AHA Research

Funding research is a cornerstone of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission -- a pillar upon which the AHA was founded and a key to our future. The AHA is the largest not-for-profit funding source for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease research next to the federal government. New knowledge resulting from AHA funding benefits millions of lives in every corner of the U.S. and around the world:

  • Translation into medical advancements
  • Updated guidelines for healthcare providers to most effectively treat patients and improve people's well-being
  • Building careers in science and research

Our bold research vision is guided by 12 Essential Elements to ensure AHA is at the forefront of global changes, emphasizes collaborative and team research, accelerates discovery, and drives groundbreaking research outcomes.

The AHA Research Committee and Subcommittees are composed of science and medicine volunteers. They establish and direct the organization's research policies and programs.

Application Information

Award offerings and resources for preparing and submitting an application for research funding.

Research Portal

View current data on investigators, institutions, awards, and resulting publications funded by the AHA since 2001.

Be a Peer Reviewer

Each year, the AHA depends on on peer reviewers with expertise within the areas it supports to ensure the merit of its research,  funding application reviews, and more.

Analytic Opportunities

AHA offers access to the Precision Medicine Platform (PMP) for teams to collaborate and analyze data including Get With The Guidelines® and Research Goes Red, within a secure cloud computing environment with the power of machine learning.

Research Announcements

New Funding Opportunity
Health Equity Research Network (HERN) on Improving Access to Care and Other Health Inequities in Rural America

Required pre-proposal deadline: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, at 3 pm CT
Application deadline: Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at 3 pm CT

Innovations in Undergraduate Research Training Through Multisite Collaborative Programming: American Heart Association Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Syndicate | Journal of the American Heart Association (
The American Heart Association Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) program serves as a model for building multiā€institutional partnerships and providing research experiences that overcome institutional barriers and support students' interests, commitment, and ability to persist in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Get With The Guidelines®
Meet your data submission requirements while tracking and reporting on your hospital's performance.
This tool is a hospital-based quality improvement program designed to close the treatment gap in cardiovascular disease, stroke, and resuscitation. It includes modules in coronary artery disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke and resuscitation. Each program provides physicians and healthcare providers with materials, information and tools based on relevant evidence-based guidelines.


Research  Accomplishments

Facts, stats & historical highlights of AHA research funding

Research Insider

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2022 AHA Holidays

AHA offices will be closed on the following days. Inquiries will be answered as quickly as possible upon reopening.

Jan. 17 Sept. 5
May 27 - 30 Nov. 24 & 25 
July 1 & 4 Dec. 26 - Jan. 2