Institutional Award for Undergraduate Student Training

Funding Agency:
American Heart Association

This is an institutional award to qualified research institutions that can offer a meaningful research experience to undergraduate college students. A program director applies on behalf of the institution, with an internal selection process outlined, in which the sponsor/student pairs apply together for one of the awards from the institution.

  • The institution must include a student recruitment plan that is open to students at any school. A sponsor/student team may be located at any non-research undergraduate institution if there is a letter from the sponsoring institution assuring support for the project and responsibility for the student’s work.
  • Preference should not be given to current students of the sponsors' laboratories.
  • The institution is strongly encouraged to recruit students from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in science (Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander).
  • The institution may apply for support for two to five students per year. The request must be justified by the institution, based on how many students they can effectively manage.
  • This is a three-year award that supports two to five students per institution, per year. Renewal is based on satisfactory interim reporting from students, sponsors, and the program director.
  • The American Heart Association permits the use of a large language model (LLM – e.g., ChatGPT) or an artificial intelligence tool to generate and/or edit content in research proposals submitted for funding. This information must be disclosed at the time of submission. Disclosure of this information does not impact peer review. Should this information not be disclosed accurately, and use of these tools is identified, the proposal may be administratively withdrawn.

Deadline: Sep. 13, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

The program director is the applicant for this award. At the time of application, the program director must:

  • possess a demonstrated track record of providing mentoring to student researchers;
  • be a full-time faculty member at the level of assistant professor (or equivalent) or above;
  • provide a detailed description of institutional support that is available to sponsors and students;
  • list potential sponsors, along with brief details about their background and nature of work;
  • outline how potential student awardees will be identified and recruited;
  • provide the procedure that sponsor/student teams will follow to compete for AHA funds granted to the institution;
  • submit a plan for obtaining annual feedback from current and former trainees to assess the quality and effectiveness of the fellowship experience.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Curriculum Development
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 13, 2023