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 more than 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

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 (Document)  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:

  • Rolling call for self-analysis projects on the AHA Precision Medicine Platform.
    • Proposals must include a qualified statistician.
    • See the Research Proposal Form's Appendix for details and pricing.
  • 2022 proposal cycles for AHA-funded analysis at AHA's approved analytics vendor:
    • Aug 15 - AFIB, CAD, HF proposals 
    • Sept 15 - Stroke proposals 
  • Oct 16 for AHA Early Career Investigator Database Seed Grant submissions (see link for more info).

Citizenship Requirements: Applicants must have one of the following designations

  • U.S. citizen
  • Permanent resident
  • Pending permanent resident (must have filed Form I-485 for permanent resident status and obtained an I-797C Notice of Action that the application has been received by USCIS and case is pending)
  • E-3 Visa - specialty occupation worker
  • F-1 Visa - student (predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows only)
  • G-4 Visa - family member of an international organization employee
  • H1-B Visa - temporary worker in a specialty occupation
  • J-1 Visa - exchange visitor (for non-training awards, you must have obtained an H-1B or equivalent)
  • O-1 Visa - temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences
  • TN Visa - NAFTA Professional
  • DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Trainees are not required to reside in the United States for any period before applying. 

One of the designations listed above must be maintained throughout the duration of the project.

Proposals review:

  • There will be a competitive review process and proposals will be rated on the basis of scientific merit, feasibility, and novel contribution to the scientific literature. 
  • 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. 
  • Datasets are not released.
  • Expert GWTG program physician-scientist volunteers will provide mentorship, and AHA staff will provide guidance and support.

Additional Forms and Information

Research Proposal Forms

Data Elements Collected by Program

See the National-Level Quality Program Data Publications Policy for additional details.