Since 1949, the AHA has invested more than $4.5 billion
in cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and brain health research.

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


  • American Heart Association and Enduring Hearts Research Awards in Pediatric Heart Transplantation
    For investigators who are actively conducting research directly related to improving the life expectancy and quality of life of pediatric heart transplant recipients. This funding opportunity offers competitive research grants in basic, clinical, population, and/or translational research via Collaborative Sciences Awards. Letter of Intent deadline is Monday, June 1, 2020.
  • 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.  Predoctoral Fellowships, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Career Development Awards, and Transformational Project Awards will be funded through this RFA. Visit the
    CHD Research Awards page for details.

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.