American Heart Association Funding Opportunities (Powerpoint)Presentation Transcript
American Heart Association Funding Opportunities Annie Oliveto Director of Research
Who We Are
AHA is the largest funding source for CVD/Stroke research other than the NIH.
Founded in 1924—close to $3 billion spent on research, $1 billion in the last 10 years alone.
Last year AHA spent $152 million in research, $11.8 was through the Western States Affiliate.
AHA spends more on research (by percentage) than any other non-profit health organization.
Research Funding Donor Dollar 25% 75% National Center Western States Research Allocation 21% 15%
Breakthroughs Funded by AHA
The first artificial heart valve.
Techniques and standards for CPR
Implantable pacemakers to
C holesterol inhibitors
On top of research innovations, the AHA has created programs to implement science: Get With the Guidelines,
medical journals, conferences, professional and public education
Breakthroughs Still Needed in CVD Research
Obesity and cholesterol reduction
Modify behaviors leading to CVD and Stroke
Diabetes and heart disease
Congenital heart defects
CVD/ Stroke in African Americans and other ethnic groups
Strategies to understand and treat
Abnormal heart rhythms
Breakthroughs Still Needed in Stroke Research
Brain Imaging Techniques
Stroke Risk Factors, Education & Awareness
Stroke and Dementia
Recovery from Stroke
Gene and Protein Research
AHA’s Research Focus
Training and career development of
Support of cutting
edge basic and
What Kinds of Research Do We Support? The AHA supports research that is broadly related to the cardiovascular area and stroke.
Life Cycle of a Research Application Idea Begins Assigned to Reviewers Peer Review Rank Ordered List Developed Reports Published Application submitted Research completed Findings translated Critique developed $ Funded
Undergraduate Student Research Program Encourages research careers related to the cardiovascular or cerebrovascular areas. $4K – 10 weeks Medical Student Research Award Provides an opportunity to explore a research career related to the cardiovascular area or stroke. $600/wk – 8-12 weeks Western States Affiliate Promotes Careers in Research STUDENT RESEARCH PROGRAMS
Western States Affiliate Promotes Careers in Research FELLOWSHIP AWARDS Predoctoral Fellowships - Undergraduate Students I nitiates careers in cardiovascular and stroke research and supports doctoral dissertation projects. $18,500/yr – 2-3 years Postdoctoral Fellowship - PhD and MD trainees Initiates careers in cardiovascular and stroke research, and furthers research training while obtaining significant research results. $30K-46K/yr – 2-3 years
GRANTS Beginning-Grant-In-Aid – Beginning Scientists Promotes independent status and supports high quality research projects. $70K/yr – 2-4 years Grant-In-Aid -- Independent Investigators Supports the most innovative and meritorious research. $70K/yr – 2-4 years *AHA National offers Scientist Development Grants, Fellow to Faculty, Established Investigator Awards and Clinical Research Awards
Did you know that the AHA Funds:
Coping Strategies / Stress Mgt
Exercise / Physical Activity
Familial Aggregation / Genetic Epidemiology
Health Care Utilization/Cost Effectiveness
Human Nutrition (Behavioral and Preventive Aspects)
Quality of Life
Social Support Systems
HUMAN EMBRYONIC or FETAL STEM CELLS AND HUMAN FETAL TISSUE or HUMAN CLONING
Ineligible for funding:
Cloning of humans as asexual reproduction or cloning of humans intended as sources of tissue or organs to harvest are not acceptable.
Ineligible for funding:
Derivation or use of human stem cells from in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment embryos or fetal sources.
Use of human fetal tissue.
Areas Ineligible for AHA Funding
FATAL FLAWS Common Mistakes Made When Applying for Funding
FATAL FLAWS by Investigators
No demonstration of expertise or publications in approaches, low productivity
No collaborators recruited or no letters from collaborators
Unnecessary experimental detail
Not enough detail on approaches, especially untested ones
Not enough preliminary data to establish feasibility, nor any correlative or descriptive data
Feasibility of each aim not shown
Little or no expertise with approach
Lack of appropriate controls
Not directly testing hypothesis
FATAL FLAWS Significance
Not significant nor exciting nor new research
Lack of compelling rationale
Incremental and low impact research
Innovation is not always necessary, but the results should have compelling significance
Little demonstration of institutional support
Little or no start up package or necessary equipment
FATAL FLAWS Resubmissions
Insulting the reviewers
Only responding to specific reviewer concerns and not other aspects that may be newly criticized
Just changing the name or submitting a previous project as new
Do not send the same or similar application for review without indicating that it is a resubmission
AHA allows 2 resubmssions + Original allowed
DEADLINES Take them seriously!
~5% are administratively withdrawn each year (NIH and AHA)
Technical problems? Call before the 5:00 pm deadline.
Applications received after 5:00pm are administratively withdrawn.
Acknowledgement of receipt should be received within 24 hours after electronic submission.
READ the acknowledgement for possible errors in electronic upload of your application.
Contact AHA staff before deadline if experiencing problems with the electronic website.
Late paper copies may be accepted for genuine reasons and if electronic submission was on time.
Late electronic or paper copies
Modifications after deadline
characters per inch (CPI)
lines per page
exceeding page limits
Streamlined Review “Triage”
Removes noncompetitive applications from the review process
Applicants receive critiques, but not scores
Applies to fellowships and grants
40% of consortia applications can be triaged
PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS
Describe undergraduate/ graduate research activities:
research participation programs
student-originated study programs
research gained through summer or part-time employment
research within course work and/or outside of the classroom
Summarize, stating problems studied and conclusions reached
Request technical assistance from AHA
Seek advice on administrative issues from your grants management specialist
Questions and Answers Annie Oliveto 650-259-6715 [email_address]