National Scientist Development Grant Program

Funding Agency:
American Heart Association

Objective: To support highly promising beginning scientists in cardiovascular and stroke research between their initial research training and their complete independence.

Science Focus: All basic, clinical, and population research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Disciplines: Proposals are encouraged from all basic, behavioral, epidemiological, and community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.

Deadline: Feb. 14, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

At the time of application, the applicant must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.V.M. or equivalent post-baccalaureate doctoral degree.

At the time of award activation:

  • The applicant must hold a faculty/staff position up to and including the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent). Applications may be submitted for review in the final year of a postdoctoral research fellowship or in the initial years of the first faculty/staff appointment. 
  • No more than four 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, research assistant professor, research scientist, staff scientist, etc.). 
  • A sponsor is not required, although it is important that applicant's Department Head provides assurance that the applicant has the institution's support.

While no minimum percent effort is required, the applicant must demonstrate that adequate time will be devoted to ensure successful completion of the project.

At the time of application, the applicant must have one of the following designations:

  • United States citizen.
  • Permanent resident
  • Pending permanent resident (any resident who has an approved I-765 form and has submitted an I-485 application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).
  • E-3 - specialty occupation worker
  • H-1B Visa - temporary worker in a specialty occupation. Note: You must have an H-1B or equivalent by the award activation date. If the H-1B or equivalent is not received by the award activation date, the award must be relinquished.  
  • J-1 Visa - exchange visitor.  Note: You must have an H-1B or equivalent by the award activation date. If the H-1B or equivalent is not received by the award activation date, the award must be relinquished.
  • O-1 Visa - temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences.  
  • TN Visa – North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional.
  • G-4 Visa - family member of employee of international organizations.

The awardee must maintain one of the designations listed above throughout duration of the award.

American Heart Association research awards are limited to non-profit institutions, including medical, osteopathic and dental schools, veterinary schools, schools of public health, pharmacy schools, nursing schools, universities and colleges, public and voluntary hospitals and other institutions that can demonstrate the ability to conduct the proposed research. Applications proposed by federal institution or employees will not be accepted, except for applications to the AHA’s Cardiovascular Genome Phenome Study (“CVGPS”), and applications from Veterans Administration employees.

Funding is prohibited for projects conducted at institutions outside the United States.



Amount Description

Maximum Annual Award Amount:  $77,000

Award Duration:   Three years

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Minorities encouraged
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

February 14, 2017