Early Career Investigator Research Opportunities

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association® (AHA/ASA) greatly value the development of Early Career Professionals and therefore, provide funded Investigator-Led Research opportunities through a limited number of Early Career Investigator Database Research Seed Grants (ECI Grants) using data from AHA/ASA Quality Improvement Programs, including Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG).

For many professionals, these ECI Grants serve as stepping stones to future opportunities in research, collaboration and scientific advancement as the ECI Grant recipient will receive AHA/ASA National Level oversight as well as valuable GWTG Committee leadership and mentorship from key volunteer physicians.

For the AHA/ASA, these ECI Grants provide a step forward in our mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

AHA Early Career Investigator Database Seed Grant Proposals are due October 15th, 2020 for the following Get With The Guidelines programs: AFIB, Heart Failure Resuscitation (adult & peds), and Stroke. Stroke will be giving out 2 awards this year (1 for Stroke General and 1 specific to Hemorrhagic Stroke).

About the Get With The Guidelines® Database:

Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) is a hospital-based quality improvement program designed to close the treatment gap in cardiovascular disease, stroke, and resuscitation. It includes modules in coronary artery disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke and resuscitation.

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) collects millions of patient records in our Quality Programs, creating vast databases for advancing scientific research. Data is collected at the patient level in hospitals participating in AHA/ASA Quality programs. Patients entered in the database are from U.S. hospitals only. Data is patient and hospital de-identified at an aggregate level.

Each program provides physicians and healthcare providers with materials, information and tools based on relevant evidence based guidelines. Using standard protocols in the hospital setting will help ensure that cardiovascular disease patients are placed on appropriate medications, informed of recommended behavioral modifications, and improve the rate of intervention with cardiovascular disease (CVD) patients both in-hospital and post-discharge to reduce the incidence of CVD events. A key component of this continuous quality improvement program is to monitor progress through the web-based Patient Management Tool (PMT).

Who is Eligible for the AHA/ASA Early Career Investigator Database Research Seed Grant:

Investigators eligible to apply for the ECI Grant are PhDs and/or MDs who are current residents, fellows in training or have completed training within the last 5 years or other doctoral prepared professionals who are early in their career development and have interest in cardiovascular or stroke research.

How To Develop and Submit a Research Proposal for the ECI Grant:

Study questions (hypotheses) need to be developed within the context of data acquired through the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines® program. The applicant should review the data elements collected across each of the available programs:

Post-discharge outcome data can be analyzed in the subgroup of patients with fee for service Medicare (linked dataset). Longitudinal data post discharge is not available.

To avoid developing a proposal already in progress, it will also be helpful to review prior Quality Research Publications.

Complete the Research Proposal Form and send to QualityResearch@heart.org. Also Include a current Curriculum Vitae. Please ensure the Research Proposal Form is completely and thoroughly filled out with details and suggested tables and charts.

Award Details and Deadlines:

AHA Early Career Investigator Database Seed Grant will now be awarded once per year. Proposals must be submitted prior to Oct 15th each year to QualityResearch@heart.org

Applicants may submit one proposal per module.

One ECI Grant will be awarded per program per year, if feasible. Applicants for all modules will be notified about 60 days after the cycle close.

The ECI grant provides reimbursement of expenses up to $1,500 for the recipient to travel to a national scientific conference to present the research results, and also includes journal publication expenses if the awardee meets required writing deadlines.

The grant also provides statistical analysis for some modules, and GWTG program leadership and mentorship.

Early Career Investigator Awardees

Funding Sources

The AHA/ASA and its Scientific Councils greatly value the development of young clinical investigators and assist in the funding support of these ECI Grants. The Council on Clinical Cardiology, the Stroke Council and Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (QCOR) current participate in funding and prior funding has been received from The Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3 CPR), and The Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science.

Note: Any investigator may submit a Research Proposal. Proposals can be submitted for any of our Quality Programs by any investigator using the same form and email address.

Quality Research Data Request Forms and publication information

Contact QualityResearch@heart.org for more information

More information on all programs can be found here.

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