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 and cerebrovascular disease  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

  • Figures & Speech: Public Speaking for Scientists Webinar
    Tuesday, July 23, 1:00 pm-1:45 pm CDT

    Davene R. Wright, PhD, University of Washington

    Learn practices for giving good scientific talks from the title page to the acknowledgements. Dr. Wright will offer tips for capturing your audience’s attention, managing performance anxiety, soliciting useful feedback, graphic design, and more.

    Davene Wright, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and an Investigator in the Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy in the University of Washington Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (CHOICE) Institute. Dr. Wright received her doctorate in Health Policy and Decision Sciences from Harvard University. Her research aims to improve the supply of and demand for efficient health care that can improve the management of pediatric chronic diseases, with a focus on childhood obesity.


    Limited spaces are available. Registration will close on July 19, 2019 or when space is filled.
  • 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.
  • Research Partnership Programs

View the current
AHA Research awardees.

Research Insider

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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.