Application Information

Funding Opportunities Webinars - Open Invitation

Each webinar will consist of a 20-minute overview of the AHA Research award offerings,  plus a 10-minute Q & A session. These calls are a great opportunity for scientists, researchers, institutions, and grant officers to get application questions answered.

View slides from Aug. 10, 2021 webinar (ppt)

Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 10:00 am CT - Click to join on 1/27
Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at 10:00 am CT - Click to join on 3/29

2021-22 Application Deadlines*

Pre-proposal (letter of intent) Deadline Application Deadline Award Start Date

Career Development Award
**Eligibility has been expanded for this year to 5 years & 9 months since first faculty appointment**
Supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals in the early years of first professional appointment to assure the applicant’s future success as a research scientist in the field of cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular disease research.

Dec. 6, 2021
April 1, 2022
Strategically Focused Research Network on the Science of Diversity in Clinical Trials
To identify solutions underlying the inequitable participation of diverse individuals in clinical research, and the associated health inequities it creates.
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 April 1, 2022
Impact of Social Determinants on Health Risks and Outcomes
To establish standards for measuring social determinants of health (SDOH) and evaluating their impact on cardiovascular disease risk and quality-of-life outcomes. Must leverage workspaces equipped with analysis tools and computational power on the existing AHA Precision Medicine Platform for data analysis and must harness data from the AHA’s Social Impact Fund of over 80 community projects.
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 Feb. 2022 April 1, 2022

Collaborative Sciences Award
Fosters innovative collaborative approaches to research projects that propose novel pairings of investigators from at least two broadly disparate disciplines.  At least one Co-PI must work in a field outside cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 Wednesday, March 16, 2022 July 1, 2022

AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award (AIREA)
To support small-scale research projects related to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees but that have not been major recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) support.

  Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 April 1, 2022

Established Investigator Award
Supports investigators (typically at the associate professor level) with unusual promise and established records of accomplishments. Candidates have a demonstrated commitment to cardiovascular or cerebrovascular science disciplines that support the AHA’s mission.

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 Wednesday, March 23, 2022 July 1, 2022

Transformational Project Award
Funds highly innovative, high-impact projects that build on work in progress that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the AHA’s mission. Research deemed innovative may be built around an emerging paradigm, approaching an existing problem from a new perspective, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities. Successful applications are likely to be those building on strong preliminary data supportive of the hypothesis.

  Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 July 1, 2022

Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Science
Under the mentorship of current AHA awardees, this mechanism supports research experiences for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in science 

  Tuesday, February 1, 2022 April 1, 2022


 * Additional funding opportunities may be added. Watch this page for updates.


The deadlines have passed for the following programs:
Application Deadline Award Start Date

AHA/Enduring Hearts Research Awards in Pediatric Heart Transplantation
Collaborative Sciences Award for research specific to solid organ transplantation longevity. Must include at least one co-PI from a field directly related to pediatric heart transplantation and one co-PI from a field not directly related to clinical pediatric heart transplantation research.

Invited applicants only:
Jan. 20, 2022
July 1, 2022

Institutional Award for Undergraduate Student Training
This award is made to qualified institutions that can offer a meaningful research experience that supports the AHA mission that encourages undergraduate college students from all disciplines to consider research careers.

Closed Jan. 1, 2022
AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
Enhances the training of promising students in pre-doctoral or clinical health professional degree training programs and who intend careers as scientists, physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists, or related careers aimed at improving global health and wellbeing.
Closed Jan. 1, 2022
AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship
Enhances the training of postdoctoral applicants who are not yet independent. The applicant must be embedded in an appropriate investigative group with the mentorship, support, and relevant scientific guidance of a research mentor.
Closed Jan. 1, 2022
AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards
The AHA and The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards will support predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows who are actively conducting basic, clinical, population or translational research directly related to congenital heart defects.


Jan. 1, 2022

Features of All AHA Awards

All AHA grants share the following features unless noted in the program description:

  • Each applicant must be an AHA Professional Member.  Join or renew when preparing an application in ProposalCentral, online, or by phone at 301-223-2307 or 800-787-8984. Membership processing may take 3-5 days; do not wait until the application deadline to renew or join.
  • Science Focus: The AHA funds basic, clinical, behavioral, translational and population research, bioengineering/biotechnology and public health problems broadly related to fulfilling our mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.
  • Disciplines: AHA awards are open all academic and health professionals. This includes but is not limited to all academic disciplines (biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, engineering, data science, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, etc.).

  • AHA maintains dedicated Peer Review Committees by award type and subject. The applicant is required to select the desired review group (AHA Science Classifications).

  • The extent to which the focus of the project is related to cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular diseases and/or brain health is an important factor that will be considered, though an applicant is not required to be a part of a cardiovascular/cerebrovascular-oriented laboratory, clinic or department.

  • The AHA believes diversity and inclusion is an essential component to driving its mission and strongly encourages applications by women, underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the sciences, military veterans, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those who have experienced varied and non-traditional career trajectories.
  • Eligible Sponsoring Institution: American Heart Association research awards are limited to U.S.-based non-profit institutions, including medical, osteopathic and dental schools, veterinary schools, schools of public health, pharmacy schools, nursing schools, universities and colleges, public and voluntary hospitals and others that can demonstrate the ability to conduct the proposed research, except for applications specifically related to the AHA’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine.. An investigator may be allowed to request approval to conduct work outside the United States temporarily.

  • Applications will not be accepted for work with funding to be administered through any federal institution or work to be performed by a federal employee, except for Veterans Administration employees.

  • Scientists whose projects involve coding and/or use large amounts of data are encouraged to apply and will be given access to the AHA Precision Medicine Platform, a cloud-based solution for data analysis. See details below.

  • Percent Effort: Unless specified, no minimum percent effort is required; however, the Principal Investigator must demonstrate that adequate time will be devoted to ensuring successful completion of the project.

  • Transferability: AHA project awards are fully transferable to make the awardee a "free agent" who is empowered to move to another qualified institution while retaining the award.

  • Rebudgeting: Unless specified, award budgets are unrestricted among allowable categories (salary/fringe of PI and essential personnel, supplies, equipment/computers, travel, human subjects, etc.). Funds may be re-budgeted between categories without prior AHA approval.
  • Temporary Travel Expenditures:  Since travel is currently restricted and many meetings are being held virtually, AHA award funds that would normally be used for travel to scientific meetings or to other labs to collaborate and learn new techniques may be used for “professional development”.  Professional development includes virtual meeting attendance (awardees are strongly encouraged to participate in AHA Scientific Sessions), online education, and other electronic or distance learning to enhance awardees’ skills and further their research expertise and interpersonal skills.
  • Pre-proposals (letters of intent): Some programs follow a two-part application process, as indicated in the chart of deadlines above. Part one is the submission of a pre-proposal (required letter of intent), applicant’s biosketch, and other preliminary documents, as requested.

  • Multiple Awards: An individual may hold more than one AHA award concurrently but may only hold one career development/recognition award (Career Development Award, Established Investigator Award, Merit Award) at a time. Strategically Focused Research Network personnel may hold individual AHA awards.
  • The AHA reserves the right to an initial triage, whereby a minimum of half of the submissions may be triaged and not discussed in a peer review meeting. All proposals submitted will receive a written critique, unless otherwise noted.
  • If you had a prior AHA Research award, your eligibility to receive additional funding might depend on demonstrated compliance with our open science policies. Please refer to the AHA’s compliance instructions to ensure that previous awards are in good standing.
  • Citizenship: Awardees must have one of the following designations:
    • U.S. citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Pending permanent resident
      (must have filed Form I-485 for permanent resident status and obtained an I-797C Notice of Action that the application has been received by USCIS and case is pending)
    • E-3 Visa - specialty occupation worker
    • F-1 Visa – student (predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows only)
    • G-4 Visa - family member of an international organization employee
    • H1-B Visa - temporary worker in a specialty occupation
    • J-1 Visa - exchange visitor (for non-training awards, you must have obtained an H-1B or equivalent by the award activation date)
    • O-1 Visa - temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences
    • TN Visa - NAFTA Professional
    • DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

      Trainees are not required to reside in the United States for any period before applying for American Heart Association funding. Trainees must maintain one of the designations listed above throughout the duration of the award.

      One of the designations listed above must be maintained throughout the duration of the award.

Illustration of career levels required for AHA Research programs

AHA awardees may apply for a Precision Medicine Platform Workspace to perform data analysis

A 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
  • Learn more about the platform (video)
  • Explore the capabilities of the platform (video)
  • 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 nominal annual license fee, which may be charged to the AHA award or invoiced to the grantee directly. Please refer to this FAQs (PDF) document for more details.

The Importance of Early Career Research Funding

Michelle Johansen, MD, talks about how AHA research funding early in her career has led to success.