Application Information

NEW!  End the Lies: Youth Vaping and Nicotine Research Initiative
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 7, 2020


2019-2020 AHA Research Funding Application Deadlines*
  Letter of Intent Deadline
(If required)
Application Deadline Funding Notification Award Start Date
Upcoming Deadlines        
 End the Lies: Youth Vaping and Nicotine Research Initiative   Tues, Jan. 7, 2020  February 2020  
Increasing Awareness and Action for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cerebrovascular Disease in Millennial Women within Underrepresented Ethnic and Racial Groups   Wed., Jan. 15, 2020 March 1, 2020  March 15, 2020
Transformational Project Award   Wed., Jan. 22, 2020 June 2020 July 1, 2020
Past Deadlines        

Strategically Focused Research Network:
   • Cardiometabolic Health with a Focus on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Tues, June 25, 2019 Tues, Aug. 13, 2019 Nov. 2019 Jan. 1, 2020

Data Grant Portfolio 4.0
   • Grand Challenge Grant
   • AHA & Amazon Web Services Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Grant, Training Grant, Clinical Training Grant

  Tues., July 31, 2019    
AHA Predoctoral Fellowship   Wed., Aug. 14, 2019 Dec. 2019 Jan. 1, 2020
AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship   Thurs., Aug. 15, 2019 Dec. 2019 Jan. 1, 2020
Institutional Undergraduate Student Fellowship   Wed., Sept. 18, 2019 Dec. 2019 Jan. 1, 2020
Merit Award Thurs, July 11, 2019 Invited Applicants:
Tues, Sept. 24, 2019
Dec. 2019 Jan. 2, 2020
AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award   Wed., July 17, 2019 Dec. 2019 Jan. 1, 2020
Collaborative Sciences Award Tues., Oct. 8, 2019 Invited Applicants:
Thurs., Jan. 30, 2020
June 2020 July 1, 2020
Career Development Award   Tues., Oct. 15, 2019 March 2020 April 1, 2020
Established Investigator Award Thurs., Oct. 10, 2019 Invited Applicants:
Wed., Jan. 15, 2020
March 2020 April 1, 2020
Innovative Project Award Tues., Oct. 22, 2019 Invited Applicants:
Tues., Feb. 18, 2020
June 2020 July 1, 2020
Strategically Focused Research Network:
   • Health Technology and Innovation (apps, wearables, equipment, etc.)
Tues., Nov. 12, 2019 Invited Applicants:
Tues, Jan. 7, 2020
March 2020 April 1, 2020

In fiscal year 2019-20 each award program will be offered only once.   *Deadlines are subject to change. 
Fiscal Year 2020-21 Deadlines will be announced in Spring 2020.

*Subject to change.

Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. CST on the deadline date. The system will shut down at 5 p.m. CST. Early submission is encouraged. Your institutional Grants Officer (GO) has the final responsibility of submitting your completed application to the American Heart Association. It is important that you check with your GO for his/her internal deadline.

Upcoming Opportunities

End the Lies: Youth Vaping and Nicotine Research Initiative 

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The  rapid  pace  of  e-cigarette  products  entering  the  market  without  provision  of  essential  safety  information  requires  an  equally  rapid,  ambitious,  comprehensive  response  on  the  part  of  the  research/scientific  community. The  AHA  seeks  to  accelerate  desperately  needed  answers  about  the  health  effects  of e-cigarettes  and  other  novel  nicotine  delivery  devices (ENNDs) and  how  to  prevent  and/or  reverse  the  developing  epidemic  of  nicotine  addiction,  among  children  and  youth  (defined  as  15-24  years  of  age). To  that  end,  the  AHA  is  committing  up  to  $20  million  to  fund  two or three (2-3)  bold,  ground-breaking  research  projects  focused  on  the  health  impacts  of  nicotine  and  nicotine  delivery  products  in  children  and  youth.

The AHA Institute for Cardiovascular Precision Medicine and Verily present

Increasing Awareness and Action for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Cerebrovascular Disease in Millennial Women within Underrepresented Ethnic and Racial Groups

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The goal of this RFA is to conduct a study that will recruit and engage millennial women within underrepresented ethnic and racial groups in Research Goes Red and utilize the platform and tools of Verily and the AHA to increase awareness and inspire action in these women to prevent cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease.

Transformational Project Award

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Represents the second phase of a new idea; proposals should include preliminary data. Proposed work should be the next logical step of previous work and should already be revealing a high probability of revealing new avenues of investigation, if successful.

Recent Special Programs

Strategically Focused Research Networks (SFRN)
Health Technology and Innovation (apps, wearables, equipment, etc.)
Letter of Intent (required) Deadline: November 12, 2019
Invited Full Application Deadline: January 7, 2020

The AHA is interested in the science community exploring the etiology, prevention or treatment of cardiovascular disease or stroke in specific areas, which can assist the AHA in reaching its 2020 Goals and overall mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. A Network is comprised of three to five institutions, or Centers, working on projects focusing on one strategic area.

American Heart Association and Children’s Heart Foundation
Request for Applications (RFA)
Congenital Heart Defects Research Awards (CHDRAs)

Application Deadline: September 19, 2019
Award Start Date: January 1, 2020

The American Heart Association (AHA) and The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) announce this joint Request for Applications (RFA) to fund the AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards (CHDRAs).  The AHA and CHF share common priorities and interests in investing in congenital heart defects (CHD) research.

Predoctoral Fellowships, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Career Development Awards, and Transformational Project Awards will be funded through this RFA.

In addition to the four funding mechanisms offered via this joint AHA-CHF Request for Applications, the AHA's Collaborative Sciences Award might also be of interest to applicants.

AHA Research Awards

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.

AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship

Enhances the training of postdoctoral applicants who are not yet independent. The applicant must be embedded in an appropriate research group with the mentorship, support, and relevant scientific guidance of a research supervisor.

Institutional Undergraduate Student Fellowship

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.

AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award (AIREA)

Supports small-scale research projects related to cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular disease at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. Supports the full range of research and development from very basic to clinical.

AHA Merit Award

Funds investigators with stellar track records of accomplishment, funding, and publications with substantial impact. Candidates have the potential to move a field of science forward with creative approaches that are aligned with the American Heart Association's mission: To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

Collaborative Sciences Award

Fosters innovative, new collaborative approaches to research projects that propose novel pairings of investigators from at least two broad disciplines. The proposal must focus on the collaborative relationship, such that the scientific objectives could not be achieved without the efforts of at least two co- principal investigators and their respective disciplines. The combination and integration of studies may be inclusive of basic, clinical, population and/or translational research. Applications by existing collaborators are permitted, provided that the proposal is for a new idea or new approach that has not been funded before.

Career Development Award

Supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals ,in the early years of one’s first professional appointment, to explore innovative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training to assure the applicant’s future success as a research scientist in the field of cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular disease research.

Established Investigator Award

Support s mid-career investigators (typically at 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 to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, as indicated by publication history and scientific accomplishments. A candidate's career is expected to be in a rapid growth phase.

Innovative Project Award

Funds ideas that may introduce new paradigms, challenge current paradigms, look at existing problems from new perspectives, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities. Preliminary data is not required and not accepted as part of the proposal. However, a solid rationale for the work must be provided.

AHA Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine (Institute) Awards

At the intersection of science and technology, the Institute fuels research breakthroughs in an effort to preserve and prolong health by more precisely predicting, preventing, and treating cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular diseases. The Institute's products, initiatives, and grants are centered on driving to the best precision care to improve health and quality of life, regardless of background, location or income. Strategic collaborations bring together diverse experts and individuals to advance precision medicine, from speeding the discovery of new precision treatments to empowering individuals to participate in precision care.

The Institute's Funding Opportunities Page lists grant mechanisms and deadlines.



Features of All AHA Awards

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

  • AHA awards are open to an array of academic and health professionals. This includes but is not limited to all academic disciplines (biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dentists,physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, etc.).
  • 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. 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 (1) applications specifically related to the AHA’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, and (2) Veterans Administration employees.
  • Clinical, translational, population, behavioral, and basic scientists are encouraged to apply.  AHA maintains dedicated Peer Review Committees by program type and science type.

  • 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.

  • AHA strongly encourages applications by  women, people in ethnic and racial groups underrepresented in science, and those who have experienced varied and non-traditional career trajectories.
  • 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.
  • AHA project awards are fully transferrable to make the awardee a "free agent" who is empowered move to another qualified institution while retaining the award.
  • 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.
  • Proposals for the Collaborative Sciences Award, Established Investigator Award, Innovative Research Award, Merit Award, and Strategically Focused Research Networks will follow a two-part application process. Part one is the submission of a letter of intent and applicant’s biosketch. Other preliminary documents may be requested, depending on the award type.
  • 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, AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award).
  • Strategically Focused Research Network personnel may hold individual AHA awards.

Applications are created, submitted, and reviewed through the Grants@Heart electronic system. Grants@Heart is a web-based system for application preparation, submission, peer review and awards management. The system is available 24/7.

Video:  Research Opportunities from the American Heart Association

Steven R. Houser, PhD  and Ivor Benjamin, MD discuss a variety of initiatives planned for AHA research programs.


Help Documents

Use the documents listed below to help prepare your application for AHA Research funding: