Grants Frequently Asked Questions


How do we choose which applications to fund?

We’ll fund researchers from anywhere in the world who are working in the field of data science. We’ll also fund pre-doctoral as well as post-doctoral applicants. We have funded researchers who have just started out and are working on their first project. And we’ve funded researchers who have had more than 20 projects previously funded. You must meet the requirements of the individual grant to be considered by the Institute.

What are the funding areas of the Institute?

We highly value cross-disciplinary research across many fields where the proposals are focused on advancing knowledge, clinical care, or outcomes for people, and are anchored in heart and brain health. We have funded researchers in bioinformatics, basic cell research, clinical research, data science, epidemiology, genetics, nephrology, and statistics.

I'm a new investigator, what key elements do I need to know about before applying for a research grant?

Here are a few pointers to help you along the way:
  • You should familiarize yourself with the American Heart Association (AHA) Precision Medicine Platform as it will help you to be more competitive in your grant process.
  • Be sure to include timelines and milestones in your proposal.
  • Your cited literature is a separate document, but your 5-page proposal includes graphs and figures.
  • All grants are received and administered through Grants@Heart.
  • Our grants are available internationally but only to non-profit institutions that meet our Foreign Equivalency Determinations.

Where do I apply for the grant?

Go to Grants@Heart at

Are the grants available internationally?

Yes, as long as your institution meets the Foreign Equivalency Determinants for a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Please contact for more information.

What is the deadline for the current set of grants?

Extended deadline: July 31, 2019

How often may I apply for grants?

As often as you would like! You can re-submit your applications and apply to the same program multiple times, if your proposals are unique.

May I apply for more than one grant at a time?

Absolutely! Endeavor to make each proposal unique so that they can stand on their own.

Grants @Heart shows that I need specific forms. Do those apply to Institute grants?

Human Subjects Research forms and Vertebrate Animal Subjects Research forms are not required at the time of application. If awarded, the grantee will be required to provide this information as part of the just-in-time information requested.

May I get a no-cost extension for my grant?

Unfortunately, no-cost extensions are not allowed for Institute grants. Year-to-year carry-over, is allowed.

May I have more than one principal investigator for my award?

It depends on the length of the award, award amount, and rules set forth in the Request For Applications.

May I transfer my award to another institution?

It is a possibility depending on the length of time you have left on the award. The transfer process is a time-intensive process which requires your current institutions to provide financial reports so that the payments are split correctly between the two institutions.

How can I check the status of my grant application?

You will receive an automatic email from Grants@Heart when the status of your application changes.

Who will review my Institute grant application?

Each application is reviewed by a peer review committee that includes experts across many fields.

How will I be notified once the Peer Review Committee makes a decision?

You will receive an email from Grants@Heart.

If my application is not funded, what can I do?

We encourage you to take the positive lessons learned from the critiques and hope you will apply again!


What if my proposal looks to enhance features or services of the AHA Precision Medicine Platform?

That’s great! Please include them as a secondary aim in the event that we cannot add your work to the feature roadmap of the AHA Precision Medicine Platform.

Where do I find information on the AHA Precision Medicine Platform?

Everything you need to know about the AHA Precision Medicine Platform can be found by going to

Can I use my grant money to pay for the costs of the AHA Precision Medicine Platform?

Absolutely! Some grants will also include credits to be used on the platform.

Other questions, comments, or concerns?

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