Research Funding

2018-2019 AHA Funding Opportunities Announced

AHA has announced the 2018-19 research award application deadlines. The first deadlines in July include applications for the 2019 AHA Predoctoral and AHA Postdoctoral Fellowships. You may monitor the AHA Application Information web page for updates.

Letter of Intent Deadline
(If applicable)
Application Deadline Award Start Date
AHA Predoctoral Fellowship Wed., July 11, 2018 Jan. 1, 2019
AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship Thurs., July 12, 2018 Jan. 1, 2019
Institutional Undergraduate Student Fellowship Wed., July 18, 2018 Jan. 1, 2019
AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award Thurs., July 19, 2018 Jan. 1, 2019
Merit Award Tues., July 24, 2018 Invited Applicants:
Thurs., Oct. 11, 2018
April 1, 2019
Collaborative Sciences Award Tues., Oct. 9, 2018 Invited Applicants:
Thurs., Jan. 31, 2019
July 1, 2019
Career Development Award Wed., Oct. 17, 2018 July 1, 2019
Established Investigator Award Tues., Oct. 23, 2018 Tues., Jan. 15, 2019 April 1, 2019
Innovative Project Award Mon., Oct. 29, 2018 Invited Applicants:
Thurs., Jan. 17, 2019
July 1, 2019
Transformational Project Award Wed., Jan. 23, 2019 July 1, 2019

New requirements will be in place for research award programs with deadlines after June 1. Please be aware of these new policies and always review program descriptions for current information.

2018-19 AHA Research Award Offerings

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

AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
Enhances the integrated research and clinical training of promising students who are matriculated 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 cardiovascular health.

AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship
Enhances the integrated research and clinical 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.

AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award (AIREA)
Supports small-scale research projects related to CVD and stroke at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. For any part of the full range of research and development from very basic to clinical.

Merit Award
Supports individual scientists with a trajectory of success, who propose novel approaches to major research challenges in the areas of CV and stroke that have the potential to produce unusually high impact.

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 guide future strategies related to all aspects of cardiovascular and stroke research. The award requires a supportive mentoring team and a career development plan.

Established Investigator Award
Supports mid-career healthcare and academic investigators with unusual promise and in rapid growth phase, who have established records of accomplishments, and demonstrated commitment to questions related to cardiovascular or cerebrovascular science.

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.

Transformational Project Award
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 demonstrating a high probability of revealing new avenues of investigation, if successful.

Collaborative Sciences Award
Allows two or more primary investigators from disparate disciplines, with histories of innovative collaborations, to work on a project that is achievable only with efforts from both disciplines.

Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Grants
The American Heart Association’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine aims to advance the science and practice of personalized medicine to improve cardiovascular health of individuals and populations. The Institute is creating products and services that integrate research with more precise approaches to reverse and prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke. Funding opportunities are available to scientists of all fields, which include Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Grants, and awards that incorporate data science and precision medicine. Visit the Institute to learn more.

Strategically Focused Research Networks
A Network is comprised of three to five institutions, or Centers, each working on three projects that are focused on one strategic area. These programs require an overall application from the Center Director, and three proposals from project Principal Investigators. AHA selects two different Strategically Focused Research Network topics per fiscal year.

Sartorius & Science Prize in Regenerative Medicine & Cell Therapy

Deadline: October 1, 2018

The annual prize is geared towards researchers focused on basic or translational research that advances regenerative medicine and cell therapy. Established in 2017, it is awarded for outstanding research performed by the applicant and as a mutual endeavour to raise awareness for the field.  Learn more

What is there to win?

  • US$25,000 and a publication of your essay in Science
  • Publishing of the Grand Prize essay and those of up to three runners-up on Science Online
  • 5-year AAAS membership and online subscription to Science
  • Other perks & benefits from the sponsoring company, Sartorius

Win it

Who can participate?

Eligible fields
Entries can be made in the fields of regenerative medicine, cell therapy, gene therapy, immunotherapy as well as materials and tissue engineering.

Every individual scientist who received his or her PhD/MD within the past 10 years may apply.

Required documents
Please submit a 1,000-word essay describing your research and its implications for the field as well as supporting documents.

Present your research to the science world.

Are you a representative of the upcoming generation of thought leaders in your field? Then, go ahead and use this exciting opportunity to introduce yourself and your pioneering research to the world! Together we look forward to receiving your application for the 2019 Sartorius & Science Prize in Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy.   Apply now

MS Career Transition Fellowships

The National MS Society is seeking proposals from promising investigators to train and transition into research careers focused on multiple sclerosis:

Career Transition Fellowships

Preliminary applications due May 9; full applications due August 15 

The Career Transition Fellowship targets current postdoctoral trainees who demonstrate both commitment and exceptional potential to conduct MS-related research.

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (MD, PhD or equivalent) and must be in a research-oriented postdoctoral training program at an academic, government, or non-profit research institution.

Applicants must have between three to five years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application.

The award provides approximately $550,000 over five years to support a two-year period of advanced postdoctoral training in MS research and the first three years of research support in a new faculty appointment.

To submit a preliminary application for research support, investigators must use our Apply Online site and complete a pre-application. Staff will review the pre-applications and selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

Deadline: Preliminary application due May 9; Full application due August 15

Read more about this funding opportunity and access instructions for applying.