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AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards


About the Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards

The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to establish the AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards. A total of $22.5 million will be awarded from July 2014 through June 2021 to provide support for investigators who are actively conducting basic, clinical, population or translational research directly related to congenital heart defects (CHD).

How to Apply for the Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards

  • Submit an online application through Grants@Heart to any AHA investigator.
  • If you are a new user, please register by clicking on the “Applicants” option on the left side of the screen. Returning users may use their existing log-in.
  • Follow all steps for submitting an application online.
  • After the application is complete and has been submitted, please send an email to notifying AHA Research Administration that you have submitted an application relevant to congenital heart defects.
  • Please note – There is not a “Congenital Heart Defect Award” program. Applicants may apply to any program, and as long as the research is related to Congenital Heart Defects, it will be considered for the award. Sending an email to the address above ensures that your submission will be reviewed for this award
If you have questions or inquiries regarding the grant program, call (214) 360-6107 or email

If you have questions about The Children’s Heart Foundation’s independent grant process, please visit CHF’s For Scientists page.

About the AHA/CHF Partnership

To further lifesaving research for congenital heart defects, the American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation are joined to help tackle the world’s number one birth defect: CHDs.

This alliance not only supports grants to further research, but also provides an outlet to encourage conversations about parents and caregivers through the Patient Support Network. The Patient Support Network is an online resource for peer-to-peer connections for patients and loved ones dealing with a variety of heart conditions, including congenital heart defects.

In addition, both organizations will continue to raise awareness about CHDs, the need to address national policies for early CHD detection, and health advances that can change the life expectancy of babies born with a congenital heart defect.

CHDs are among the most common birth defects and the leading killer of infants with birth defects in the U.S. Roughly 40,000 children are born in the U.S with a heart defect each year. The incident rate of CHDs has not decreased over time. However, thanks to advancements made through research, more infants with CHDs survive to adulthood. Collaborations like the one between the AHA and the CHF are vital to the continuation of these advancements.

About The Children’s Heart Foundation

Established by Betsy Peterson in 1996, The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) is the country’s leading national organization solely committed to congenital heart research funding. Since 1996, CHF has independently funded 72 research projects with nearly $8.7 million. In addition, CHF and the American Heart Association have collaboratively funded 14 research projects with nearly $1.8 million through the Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards, bringing CHF's total amount funded to over $9.6 million. CHF is a national 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization, whose mission is to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. For more information, please visit Follow The Children's Heart Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow the American Heart Association on Facebook and Twitter.