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American Heart Assn. RFAs Announced

Nov 5, 2021, 13:52 PM by Melodi Moore


Funding News and Updates

AHA Expands Eligibility for 2022 Career Development Award

The AHA has expanded applicant eligibility for the 2022 Career Development Award in recognition of interruptions to career progression due to the pandemic, as follows:

At the time of award activation on April 1, 2022, no more than five years and 9 months may have elapsed since the applicant’s first faculty/staff appointment (after receipt of doctoral degree) at the assistant professor level or equivalent (including, but not limited to, instructor, research assistant professor, research scientist, staff scientist, etc.). If the candidate held the title of instructor during postdoctoral fellowship or residency years due to clinical or teaching responsibilities, that period does not count against the eligibility period for applying for the Career Development Award.

Application deadline is Monday, December 6, 2021. View the RFA.

Special Funding Available for Career Development Awards
Application deadline: Monday, Dec. 6

The AHA has established partnerships with various organizations to fund focused research programs that support shared organizational goals. The following special funding is available to qualified applicants who receive a Career Development Award. Proposals are due by Monday, December 6, 2021. The organizations below are co-funding Career Development Awards that focus on specific science topics. Interested parties should apply for a Career Development Award.

AHA-VIVA Physicians Research Awards

AHA-VIVA Physicians Research Awards fund meritorious research to advance vascular science and foster the development of early-career investigators through Postdoctoral Fellowships and Career Development Awards. The awards will foster training and mentorship to potential future leaders in the domain of patient-oriented vascular research ranging from health services, to epidemiology, to clinical and translational research. 

California Walnut Commission

AHA-CWC Awards support early career scientists interested in human clinical or epidemiological research that will improve understanding and expand knowledge about the effects of walnut consumption on health-related outcomes via the AHA Career Development Award program.

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER)

The foundation is working together with the AHA to establish a research award for Anesthesiologists (holding M.D. or D.O.) conducting research related to cardiovascular disease.



NEW! Strategically Focused Research Network on the Science of Diversity in Clinical Trials
Pre-proposals due: Tuesday, Dec. 7

Pre-proposals are being accepted until Tuesday, December 7, 2021, for applications to the American Heart Association’s Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) on the Science of Diversity in Clinical Trials (SDCT). Pre-proposals (letters of Intent) are required in order to submit a full proposal.

With the establishment of the SFRN on the Science of Diversity in Clinical Trials, the AHA will identify solutions underlying the inequitable participation of diverse individuals in clinical research, and the associated health inequities it creates.

The network will consist of at least three Network Centers, each of which will propose novel research strategies to engage individuals from under-represented groups in clinical trials such that their participation in clinical trials aligns with the diversity of our communities. Each Network Center application will include two or three research projects with a common fundamental theme that will assess an intervention or approach to addressing diversity in clinical trials and must have the necessary research team, required infrastructure and ability to recruit and retain a diverse group of study participants. Each center may request up to $4.3 million over four years.

In addition, a Training Center will be established as part of the Network to incorporate a multidisciplinary approach to provide robust research experiences, training, and mentorship for Center Fellows. All SDCT Fellows will be from groups who are under-represented in science and medicine. The maximum budget amount a Training Center applicant may request is $500,000 over four years.

Required Pre-Proposal (formerly known as Letter of Intent - LOI)
Each Center Director is required to send a pre-proposal to that includes:

  • Name and institution of the Center Director and each Project PI
  • Network title, and title and performance site of each proposed project
  • If required, the mechanism through which partnering requirements are being met (Additional Expectations and Opportunities below).

Additional Expectations and Opportunities

  • Center applications from investigators at academic institutions that primarily serve individuals from groups who are under-represented in science (e.g., Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and similar institutions noted below) are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • In keeping with AHA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and in alignment with the goals of this initiative, Center applications not originating from institutions with the above focus must partner with an institution focused on educating or serving under-represented individuals and communities. Investigators from these partnering institutions must be included in a substantive manner.

NOTE: The AHA anticipates (and welcomes) applications for research focused on cardiovascular, stroke and brain health conditions. Because the goal of this funding mechanism is broad understanding of the science of diversity in clinical trials, applications proposing studies that are not directly cardiovascular, stroke or brain health are also welcomed. Ultimately, successful applicants will be those proposing innovative approaches to address the critical deficiencies of inclusion in clinical trials and the ability to persuasively demonstrate the broad applicability of their results.

Application questions may be emailed to


More Proposal Deadlines Just Announced
Below is a listing of all upcoming Fall/Winter AHA funding opportunities. Visit AHA Application Information for requirements and characteristics of all AHA Research awards.


(letter of intent) 
Application Deadline Award Start Date
Career Development Award
Supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals in the early years of first professional appointment to assure the applicant’s future success as a research scientist.
Dec. 6, 2021
April 1, 2022
Strategically Focused Research Network on the Science of Diversity in Clinical Trials
To identify solutions underlying the inequitable participation of diverse individuals in clinical research, and the associated health inequities it creates.
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021

Thursday,     Jan. 27, 2022

April 1, 2022
Collaborative Sciences Award
Fosters innovative collaborative approaches to research projects that propose novel pairings of investigators from at least two broadly disparate disciplines. At least one Co-PI must work in a field outside cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
July 1, 2022
AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award (AIREA)
To support small-scale research projects related to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees but that have not been major recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) support.
 Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022
April 1, 2022
Established Investigator Award
Supports investigators (typically at the associate professor level) with unusual promise and established records of accomplishments. Candidates have a demonstrated commitment to cardiovascular or cerebrovascular science disciplines.
Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
July 1, 2022
Transformational Project Award
Funds highly innovative, high-impact projects that build on work in progress that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the AHA’s mission.
 Thursday, Feb. 16, 2022
July 1, 2022