The American Heart Association has unveiled two new awards to support innovative and transformational research that will help reimagine its research-funding portfolio.
The Innovative Project Award will support ideas that introduce new paradigms, challenge current paradigms or look at existing problems from new perspectives. Preliminary data is not accepted with proposals for this award. The application deadline is Jan. 11, 2018.
The Transformational Project Award will fund the second phase of a new idea. Winning proposals will represent the next logical step of previous work and demonstrate high probability of revealing new avenues of investigation. Proposals for this award should include preliminary data. The application deadline is Jan. 23, 2018.
The awards are open to all U.S.-based, nonprofit institutions conducting all types of research.
“With the Innovative Project Award, we’re trying to attract new and innovative ideas,” said Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA, immediate past-president of the AHA and chair of the Research Funding Subcommittee.
“This award gives researchers an opportunity to suggest new directions they’d like to explore. This is rare in research, where you usually must support ideas with preliminary data. In this case, if we think it’s a really great idea, we’ll support it and give the awardee an opportunity to get the data needed to continue their research.”
The Transformational Project Award will focus on slightly more developed theories, said Houser, senior associate dean of research and director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“For this award, we’re looking for some preliminary data that shows the idea is likely to be correct,” he said. “Then we
want to support those likely successful ideas to transform them into knowledge, novel therapeutics or new preventative measures.
“So we have two different flavors of grants — both open to all researchers in all walks of science. We hope people will send us their best ideas, and we’ll bring our best resources to support novel science.”
For more information, visit professional.heart.org and click “Application Information” under the “Research Programs” tab.
Visit HeartQuarters Theater to learn more about the AHA’s new funding opportunities
Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA, immediate past-president of the AHA and chair of the Research Funding Subcommittee, will present information on the AHA’s new funding opportunities at 4:30-5 p.m. Sunday in the HeartQuarters Theater, Booth 355, in the Science and Technology Hall.
The session, which will include information about the new Innovative Project Award and the Transformational Project Award and other AHA research funding opportunities, will be repeated at 2:15-2:45 p.m. Monday.