AHA's Second Century Early Faculty Independence Award

Funding Agency:
American Heart Association

As the American Heart Association approaches its 100-year anniversary, the importance of bringing novel approaches to address critical gaps in the health and well-being of all cannot be overstated. In recognition of this pending anniversary and the need to foster solutions in these areas, AHA’s Board of Directors allocated additional one-time research funding to support innovative research initiatives to address these gaps. AHA’s Second Century Early Faculty Independence Awards will support highly promising investigators in the early years of their first professional appointment as they address one of several possible areas of critical, emerging priority. Suggested thematic areas of research focus include:

  • Technology-driven health care and diagnostics, including artificial intelligence/machine learning approaches, telemedicine, biosensors and wearables
  • Novel and emerging therapeutics, including genome editing therapies, regenerative therapies, and bioengineered foods
  • Environmental impacts on health, including direct and indirect effects
  • Research and solutions for issues affecting aging populations and the shrinking healthcare workforce

Note: applicants may propose a research topic other than those noted above, provided a strong rationale is made for research on that topic as a critical/emerging topic for the next century. Research in any scientific domain including basic, translational, clinical and implementation research will be considered.

In addition to providing support for awardees’ research, this program will provide unique leadership and service opportunities for awardees. 


Deadline for required pre-proposals: Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Deadline for full proposals (invited applicants only): Tuesday, May 22, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • At the time of proposal submission, the applicant must hold an MD, PhD, DO, DVM, DDS, or equivalent post-baccalaureate doctoral degree.
  • Applicants can be up to and including Assistant Professor (or equivalent).
  • Postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply but must have attained a faculty appointment by the time of award activation (July 1, 2023).
  • Associate and Full Professors are not eligible to apply.
  • Investigators who have been awarded NIH K99/R00 or R01 grants are not eligible to apply. 
  • The awardee must devote at least 10% effort to this award.

At the time of award activation:

  • An awardee must hold a faculty/staff position up to and including the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent).
  • No more than six years may have elapsed since the 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 of time does not count against the eligibility period for applying for this funding mechanism. The AHA will consider interruptions of work experience due to extenuating circumstances and clinical training.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Women and minorities encouraged


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

April 4, 2023