STRATEGICALLY FOCUSED RESEARCH NETWORK: Cardiometabolic Health with a focus on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Funding Agency:
American Heart Association

The American Heart Association announces a Request for Applications for the Cardiometabolic Health with a focus on Type 2 Diabetes Strategically Focused Research Network.

A leading priority of the AHA is to fund research that increases the understanding of the etiology, pathophysiology, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular (CV) diseases and stroke. This Strategically Focused Research Network supports a collaboration of basic, clinical and population researchers from different disciplines whose collective efforts will enhance the understanding of the etiology, biological pathways and modifiable risk factors associated with cardiometabolic disorders with a particular focus on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), and will lead to innovative and breakthrough discoveries for the prevention and treatment of diabetes and related cardiometabolic health disorders.

An institution may submit only one AHA strategically focused research network application for any SFRN competition. 

Full RFA


  • Duke Internal: June 5, 2019
  • Letter of Intent Deadline: June 25, 2019
  • Application Deadline: August 13, 2019

If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email to find out if it is still open.

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The intent of this initiative is to support a collaboration of basic, clinical and population researchers from different disciplines whose collective efforts will lead to new approaches to the study of cardiometabolic health and T2DM. Each Center must have two to three (2-3) research projects from two to three of these disciplines: basic, clinical, and population science. All projects must focus on cardiometabolic health and T2DM. Population studies are inclusive of projects ranging from cohort studies to translational work involving community interventions. All projects must address health and health care disparities and/or health equity.

Eligibility Requirements

AHA SFRN awards are limited to U.S.-based 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 others that can demonstrate the ability to conduct the proposed research.  Applications will not be accepted for work with funding to be administered through any federal institution or work to be performed by a federal employee, except for Veterans Administrations employees. 
Broad collaborations for expertise are highly encouraged. A Center’s application can consist of three (3) proposals from their one (1) institution; or they can reach out and bring in other projects from other institutions. For example: the basic project could come from laboratory X in Delaware; the clinical project from hospital Y in Texas and the population/ translational project from University Z in California.

The Centers are not transferable to other institutions. An institution may submit only one AHA strategically focused research network application for any SFRN competition. Individuals at the applicant institution who are not participating in their institution’s center application (and/or its three project applications) may participate in another separate institution’s center application. Individuals participating in their institution’s center application, other than the Center Director may participate in a separate institution’s center application. The application may include individuals and/or projects at more than one institution provided there is evidence for a successful close personal and geographical interaction among research and training personnel.

It is the responsibility of the submitting institution to ensure that only one proposal is submitted for the institution or to coordinate across several institutions to create a single application. The Center Director’s institution will maintain fiscal responsibility for the entire award. 



Amount Description

The maximum budget amount a Center applicant may request is $3,445,000. The AHA reserves the right to determine the final award amount for competitive projects based on need and potential impact. 

Funding Type





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

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Brief overview of the 3 proposed projects – please label project “Basic” “Clinical” or “Population.” Include a maximum 1 - 2 paragraph project summary on each project along with the proposed project title.

* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials:

Internal Deadline

June 5, 2019

External Deadline

August 13, 2019