National Level Program Data Research Opportunities

The American Heart Association’s® (AHA) Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) is a hospital-based quality improvement program designed to close treatment gaps. It includes modules in atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, heart failure, resuscitation and stroke.

The AHA collects millions of patient records in our Quality Programs, creating vast databases for advancing scientific research. Using the data that are collected through AHA's national GWTG programs, researchers can develop study questions and submit a proposal to conduct an investigator-led research project.

AHA’s Quality Programs Research has been a highly valuable source for quality outcomes-based research, with nearly 600 peer-reviewed studies published using these data. 

Search the Get With The Guidelines Research Database

NOTE: Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation follows a different analytic model. Learn about the details of the program and the publications using Get With The Guidelines - Resuscitation Research


Thank you for your interest in Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) Research. The review submission deadline dates for proposals has changed for each program. Please see "Submission Deadlines" below for more information.


Standard Research Proposal:

  • Hypothesis-driven study is developed within the context of data acquired through AHA's Get With The Guidelines or Mission: Lifeline® program.
  • Avoid developing a proposal that has overlap with any published scientific research, including GWTG Publications.
  • Complete the Research Proposal Form completely with details and suggested tables and charts for the proposed study.
  • Submit completed proposal form to qualityresearch@heart.org by submission deadlines listed below.
  • Note: Proposals that can bring their own funding will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and have no submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines:

  • AFIB Proposals - Aug 15th and Feb 15th
  • CAD Proposals - Aug 15th and Feb 15th
  • HF Proposals - July 15th and Mar 15th
  • Stroke Proposals - Sep 15th and Apr 15th
  • Oct 15 for AHA Early Career Investigator Database Seed Grant submissions (see link for more info)

Review of Proposals:

  • There will be a competitive approval process and proposals will be rated on the basis of scientific merit, feasibility, and novel contribution to the scientific literature. The top scoring proposals will be selected to be funded by the AHA. 
  • Projects not selected but feasible may be revised and resubmitted for up to 2 subsequent cycles.

Accepted Projects:

  • Project will be investigator-led with intent to develop a draft manuscript for peer-reviewed journals within 6 months of receipt of analyzed data. 
  • AHA funding will be in the form of delivered statistical analysis and support for your writing group. 
  • Datasets are not released
  • Guidance and support by AHA Staff and expert GWTG program physician-scientist volunteers will be providing mentorship. 

Additional Forms and Information

Research Proposal Forms

Data Elements Collected by Program