Since 1949, the AHA has invested more than $4.3 billion in research
to enhance our knowledge of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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. As the largest private not-for-profit funding source for cardiovascular disease and stroke research next to the federal government, the AHA facilitates new knowledge and advances that result from our funding benefit millions of lives in every corner of the U.S. and around the world. AHA-supported findings are often translated into guidelines that help providers improve care for their patients.

The AHA is committed to funding cutting-edge science and building careers in science and research. Our new research vision focuses on 12 Essential Elements that ensure our program is at the forefront of global changes, emphasizing collaborative and team research, accelerating discovery, and driving 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

  • 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 has partnered with the AHA to establish the AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards. $22.5 million will be awarded from July 2014 through June 2021 for research directly related to congenital heart defects. Applicable projects will be funded through existing AHA award programs. Visit the CHD Research Awards page for details. If you apply because of this promotion, after submitting your application, send an email to notify AHA Research Administration.
  • Research Partnership Programs

View the current
AHA Research awardees.

Research Insider

Sign Up for e-newsletter alerts about upcoming funding news and related AHA/ASA opportunities.


Current Research Partnership Programs

AHA/Children's Heart FoundationDuPontEnduring Hearts
The Society of Thoracic SurgeonsAmerican Brain FoundationThe Myocarditis FoundationChildren's Cardiomyopathy Foundation
Interested parties should submit an application through Grants@Heart to the AHA Association-wide Research Program.