Research Programs

Since 1949, the AHA has invested more than $4.6 billion in cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and brain health research.

Notice to AHA Research Community Regarding COVID-19

Dear AHA Research Community:

We know many of you are experiencing significant challenges conducting research at your institutions during the coronavirus pandemic. You no doubt have questions about steps the AHA is taking to support your research programs.

First and foremost is the safety of you and your research teams. We anticipate you are following the direction of your sponsoring institutions with regard to access to laboratories and research clinics. We are aware there are varying responses to the pandemic, ranging from all research activities being suspended indefinitely, to reduced operations and remote working until further notice. We understand the need for decisions to be made at the local level, with fluctuating degrees of interruptions on a daily and weekly basis. The AHA has adopted flexible grants management policies in recent years and will expand that flexibility and support as much as possible.

FAQs about disruptions to ongoing research projects (PDF)


The American Heart Association is working to ensure optimal care for patients with cardiovascular disease who contract coronavirus (COVID-19). Patients with underlying cardiovascular diseases appear to have an increased risk for adverse outcomes with COVID-19. Helpful resources for health systems, clinics, care providers, patients and the public can be found on the COVID-19 Content: An AHA Compendium


Dr. Mariel Jessup addresses AHA research community about accommodations being made by AHA to address difficulties awardees may be having conducting their research due to limitations created by the COVID-19 epidemic.

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 peoples' 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.


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

Peer Reviewer

Tools for evaluating the merit of research applications, and review committee rosters.


Rulebook and tools for managing awards.

Research Announcements

AHA awardees may apply for a complimentary Precision Medicine Platform workspace to perform data analyses during the term of their AHA awards. The workspace will provide up to $50,000 in AWS credits per year during the course of the AHA award

  • Register for a free account on the AHA Precision Medicine Platform  to learn more. 
  • Learn more about the platform (video)
  • Explore the capabilities of the platform (video)
  • Join our Forums and office hours to speak directly to the experts and users. Contact us for more information. 
  • The AHA Precision Medicine Platform provides a friendly web User Interface that allows you to write code in various languages (for example, Python, R, SAS, and more), execute the code, and view the results as they are processed. Workspaces are equipped with pre-installed software packages ranging from machine learning, statistical analysis, data analysis, visualization, and genomic and bioinformatic tools. Researchers are also able to upload their own software.  View a complete list of languages, packages, and kernels available on the Precision Medicine Platform.
  • Grantees requesting a workspace are asked to pay a small annual maintenance fee, which may be charged to the AHA award.
  • AHA Awardees Investigate COVID-19 and Its Cardiovascular Impact
    The American Heart Association is funding 21 research grants focused on learning more about COVID-19 — 17 are fast-tracked projects and four are special awards to centers of Association’s Health Technologies and Innovation Strategically Focused Research Network. Because of the urgency of this issue, the projects funded are innovative, highly impactful, and anticipated to show progress within 9-12 months.

    The American Heart Association and Allen Institute make $43 million commitment to research funding for innovative approaches to combat age-related dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

    Follow us on Twitter @AHA_Research
    The official Twitter account for the Research of the American Heart Association

    AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards
    The Children's Heart Foundation and the AHA are jointly funding AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards. $22.5 million will be awarded for research directly related to congenital heart defects. Learn more: AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards

    Research Insider

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