Collaborative Science Award

Funding Agency:
American Heart Association

Statement of Purpose: To foster innovative, new collaborative approaches to research projects which propose novel pairings of investigators from at least two broadly disparate disciplines. The proposal must focus on the collaborative relationship, such that the scientific objectives could not be achieved without the efforts of at least two co-principal investigators and their respective disciplines. The combination and integration of studies may be inclusive of basic, clinical, population, behavioral, and/or translational research.

Projects that will include scientists from fields outside cardiovascular disease and stroke are highly encouraged.

The Letter of Intent Application deadline is Oct. 8, 2019.

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Areas of Interest

Science Focus: Research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts.

Disciplines: Proposals are encouraged from all basic disciplines as well as epidemiological, behavioral, community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems. AHA awards are open to the array of academic and health professionals. This includes but is not limited to all academic disciplines (biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, behavioral scientists, engineers, etc.).

AHA maintains dedicated Peer Review Committees by program type and subject.

AHA strongly encourages applications by women, underrepresented minorities in the sciences, those who have experienced diverse and non-traditional career trajectories, and those whose research has been outside of cardiovascular science.

Proposals that involve at least one early-career to mid-career investigator will be viewed favorably.

Eligibility Requirements

An application must be submitted jointly by at least two co-principal investigators.

  • Co-PIs must each hold faculty/staff appointments of any rank (or equivalent).
  • Co-PIs must be independent researchers (i.e. must meet their institutions’ eligibility to apply for independent awards). This award is not intended for individuals in research training or fellowship positions.
  • Co-PIs may be from the same institution, or from different institutions.
  • Co-PIs must be from different disciplines. For example: A partnership between a clinician and a basic scientist or other collaboration that would not arise otherwise (organically). The applicants should adequately convey the uniqueness of the collaboration for the benefit of the study section.
    Examples of partnerships that have been funded:

    • A material scientist with no previous work on clinical projects and an interventional cardiac electrophysiologist
    • A synthetic biologist and a cardiac biologist
  • Each Co-PI must hold a M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.V.M. or equivalent post-baccalaureate terminal degree.
  • One of the Co-PIs’ institutions must be designated as the institution of record, agreeing to accept award payments and ensuring that annual progress reports and expenditure reports are submitted to AHA.



Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

October 8, 2019