The association has carved an important niche in supporting the development of beginning investigators and offering innovative funding mechanisms to stimulate research in promising areas of cardiovascular science.
The mission of the American Heart Association (AHA) is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. To that end, the AHA is continually enhancing and refining its review process to ensure that we are able to identify and fund the most meritorious research projects in support of our mission.
Announcing Two New Strategically Focused Research Network Topics!
The AHA Board of Directors has approved the topics for the next two Strategically Focused Research Networks (SFRN). The second SFRN will focus on HYPERTENSION and the third SFRN will focus on DISPARITIES IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE.
The AHA is interested in the science community exploring all aspects of these two topics, which can assist the AHA in reaching its 2020 Goals and overall mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. To that end, the AHA pursues research from the basic, clinical and population sciences.
A Network is comprised of three to four institutions, or Centers, working on three projects each that are focused on one strategic area.
Similar to the last SFRN, the next two Networks will have their own Request for Application which will require that each submission have an overall application from the Center Director, as well as three proposals from project Principal Investigators in the following science areas:
- One proposal addressing basic science discovery
- One proposal addressing clinical science discovery
- One proposal addressing population science discovery
A Center application can comprise projects from more than one institution, as long as there is a named sponsoring institution, where the Center Director is located and will manage the oversight and financial responsibilities. Thus, applications should convey how these different areas of science will be integrated, both in their scientific discoveries and through joint team communication and integration.
For more information about Strategically Focused Research Networks, visit the SFRN Home Page.
New AHA Research Peer Review AnnouncementThe Association has recently approved the participation of lay reviewers in its peer review process. Starting with the Spring 2014 peer review cycle, lay reviewers will be added to study sections and are asked specifically to evaluate the potential impact of research applications to the mission of the AHA. This potential impact assessment will be based primarily on the lay summary document requested of each applicant. The lay summary will be reviewed for mission impact during the peer review process and may be assessed by a lay reviewer. Lay reviewers are individuals without formal training as a scientist who have a strong interest in advancing the prevention and/or management of heart disease and stroke and assist in the review of AHA research applications. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure the lay summary document portion of the application speaks clearly to potential impact of their proposed work on the AHA mission and is stated clearly in language that can be understood by a non-scientist.
New AHA Research Policy Announcement
The AHA recently approved new Open Science policies that will impact research funded by the AHA. These policies will go into effect beginning with applications due in July 2014 and new awards beginning January 2015. The AHA’s public access policy requires that all journal articles resulting from AHA funding should be made freely available in PubMed Central within 12 months of publication. The AHA’s new open data policy requires grant applicants to include a data sharing plan as part of the application process. Any research data that is needed for independent verification of research results must be made freely and publicly available within 12 months of the end of the funding period (and any no-cost extension). Visit the Open Science Policy Statements page.
The AHA's Grants@Heart site is a web-based system for application preparation, submission, peer review, and awards management. The system is available 24/7. An application for funding can be completed and submitted to the AHA online. Peer reviewers logon and complete all their tasks for peer review, and the system even allows for virtual meetings. Once an award is granted, the principal investigator and fiscal officer can manage the award online.