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American Heart Association Funding Opportunities Annie Oliveto Director of Research
Who We Are <ul><li>AHA is the largest funding source for CVD/Stroke research other than the NIH. </li></ul><ul><li>Founded...
Research Funding Donor Dollar 25% 75% National Center Western States Research Allocation 21% 15%
Breakthroughs Funded by AHA <ul><li>The first artificial heart valve. </li></ul><ul><li>Techniques and standards for CPR <...
Breakthroughs Still Needed in CVD Research <ul><li>Obesity and cholesterol reduction  </li></ul><ul><li>Modify behaviors l...
Breakthroughs Still Needed in Stroke Research <ul><li>Stroke Treatments </li></ul><ul><li>Brain Imaging Techniques </li></...
AHA’s Research Focus <ul><li>Training and career development of  </li></ul><ul><li>beginning scientists </li></ul><ul><li>...
What Kinds of Research  Do We Support? The AHA supports research  that is broadly related to the  cardiovascular area and ...
Life Cycle of a Research Application Idea Begins Assigned to Reviewers Peer Review Rank Ordered List Developed Reports Pub...
Western Review Consortium Peer Review Committees Cell Transport and Metabolism,  Cellular CV Physiology & Pharmacology, Mo...
Undergraduate Student Research Program Encourages research careers related to the cardiovascular or cerebrovascular areas....
Western States Affiliate Promotes Careers in Research FELLOWSHIP AWARDS Predoctoral Fellowships - Undergraduate Students I...
GRANTS Beginning-Grant-In-Aid – Beginning Scientists Promotes independent status and supports high quality research projec...
Did you know that the AHA Funds:  <ul><li>Behavior Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Cardiac R...
HUMAN EMBRYONIC or FETAL STEM CELLS AND HUMAN FETAL TISSUE or HUMAN CLONING <ul><li>Ineligible for funding: </li></ul><ul>...
FATAL FLAWS Common Mistakes Made When Applying for Funding
FATAL FLAWS by Investigators <ul><li>No demonstration of expertise or publications in approaches, low productivity  </li><...
FATAL FLAWS Significance <ul><li>Not significant nor exciting nor new research  </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of compelling ratio...
FATAL FLAWS Resubmissions <ul><li>Insulting the reviewers </li></ul><ul><li>Only responding to specific reviewer concerns ...
DEADLINES Take them seriously! <ul><li>~5% are administratively withdrawn each year (NIH and AHA) </li></ul><ul><li>Techni...
Late Applications <ul><li>Contact AHA staff before deadline if experiencing problems with the electronic website. </li></u...
Administrative Withdrawal <ul><li>Late electronic or paper copies </li></ul><ul><li>Modifications after deadline </li></ul...
Streamlined Review “Triage” <ul><li>Removes noncompetitive applications from the review process </li></ul><ul><li>Applican...
PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS <ul><li>Describe undergraduate/ graduate research activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>rese...
Technical Support <ul><li>Request technical assistance from AHA </li></ul><ul><li>Seek advice on administrative issues fro...
Questions and Answers Annie Oliveto 650-259-6715 [email_address]
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  • The AHA receives applications for a wide variety of research areas, including: Behavioral research Epidemiological research Mental health studies Nutrition Obesity Quality of Life The AHA is especially interested in receiving more Stroke applications. This is a research area in which we’d like to see more growth.
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    1. 1. American Heart Association Funding Opportunities Annie Oliveto Director of Research
    2. 2. Who We Are <ul><li>AHA is the largest funding source for CVD/Stroke research other than the NIH. </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1924—close to $3 billion spent on research, $1 billion in the last 10 years alone. </li></ul><ul><li>Last year AHA spent $152 million in research, $11.8 was through the Western States Affiliate. </li></ul><ul><li>AHA spends more on research (by percentage) than any other non-profit health organization. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Research Funding Donor Dollar 25% 75% National Center Western States Research Allocation 21% 15%
    4. 4. Breakthroughs Funded by AHA <ul><li>The first artificial heart valve. </li></ul><ul><li>Techniques and standards for CPR </li></ul><ul><li>Implantable pacemakers to </li></ul><ul><li>regulate irregular </li></ul><ul><li>heartbeats. </li></ul><ul><li>Heart-lung machine </li></ul><ul><li>C holesterol inhibitors </li></ul><ul><li>On top of research innovations, the AHA has created programs to implement science: Get With the Guidelines, </li></ul><ul><li>medical journals, conferences, professional and public education </li></ul>
    5. 5. Breakthroughs Still Needed in CVD Research <ul><li>Obesity and cholesterol reduction </li></ul><ul><li>Modify behaviors leading to CVD and Stroke </li></ul><ul><li>Diabetes and heart disease </li></ul><ul><li>Congenital heart defects </li></ul><ul><li>CVD/ Stroke in African Americans and other ethnic groups </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies to understand and treat </li></ul><ul><li>heart failure </li></ul><ul><li>Gene studies </li></ul><ul><li>Abnormal heart rhythms </li></ul>
    6. 6. Breakthroughs Still Needed in Stroke Research <ul><li>Stroke Treatments </li></ul><ul><li>Brain Imaging Techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Stroke Risk Factors, Education & Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Stroke and Dementia </li></ul><ul><li>Recovery from Stroke </li></ul><ul><li>Gene and Protein Research </li></ul>
    7. 7. AHA’s Research Focus <ul><li>Training and career development of </li></ul><ul><li>beginning scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Support of cutting </li></ul><ul><li>edge basic and </li></ul><ul><li>clinical science </li></ul>
    8. 8. What Kinds of Research Do We Support? The AHA supports research that is broadly related to the cardiovascular area and stroke.
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. Western Review Consortium Peer Review Committees Cell Transport and Metabolism, Cellular CV Physiology & Pharmacology, Molecular Signaling Lipoproteins & Lipid Metabolism, Thrombosis, Vascular Wall Biology CV Development, Immunology & Microbiology, Basic Cell & Molecular Biology Behavioral Science, Epidemiology & Prevention, CV Regulation, Cardiac (Patho) Physiology, Radiology & Imaging Brain, Cardiorenal, Lung, Respiration, Surgery
    11. 11. 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
    12. 12. 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
    13. 13. 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
    14. 14. Did you know that the AHA Funds: <ul><li>Behavior Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Cardiac Rehabilitation </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Trials </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Coping Strategies / Stress Mgt </li></ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Epidemiology </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise / Physical Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Familial Aggregation / Genetic Epidemiology </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care Utilization/Cost Effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Health Promotion/Prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Human Nutrition (Behavioral and Preventive Aspects) </li></ul><ul><li>Obesity </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes Research </li></ul><ul><li>Preventive Cardiology </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of Life </li></ul><ul><li>Social Support Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Stroke </li></ul><ul><li>Weight Control </li></ul>
    15. 15. HUMAN EMBRYONIC or FETAL STEM CELLS AND HUMAN FETAL TISSUE or HUMAN CLONING <ul><li>Ineligible for funding: </li></ul><ul><li>Cloning of humans as asexual reproduction or cloning of humans intended as sources of tissue or organs to harvest are not acceptable. </li></ul><ul><li>Ineligible for funding: </li></ul><ul><li>Derivation or use of human stem cells from in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment embryos or fetal sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Use of human fetal tissue. </li></ul>Areas Ineligible for AHA Funding
    16. 16. FATAL FLAWS Common Mistakes Made When Applying for Funding
    17. 17. FATAL FLAWS by Investigators <ul><li>No demonstration of expertise or publications in approaches, low productivity </li></ul><ul><li>No collaborators recruited or no letters from collaborators </li></ul><ul><li>Unnecessary experimental detail </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough detail on approaches, especially untested ones </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough preliminary data to establish feasibility, nor any correlative or descriptive data </li></ul><ul><li>Feasibility of each aim not shown </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no expertise with approach </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of appropriate controls </li></ul><ul><li>Not directly testing hypothesis </li></ul>
    18. 18. FATAL FLAWS Significance <ul><li>Not significant nor exciting nor new research </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of compelling rationale </li></ul><ul><li>Incremental and low impact research </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation is not always necessary, but the results should have compelling significance </li></ul><ul><li>Little demonstration of institutional support </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no start up package or necessary equipment </li></ul>
    19. 19. FATAL FLAWS Resubmissions <ul><li>Insulting the reviewers </li></ul><ul><li>Only responding to specific reviewer concerns and not other aspects that may be newly criticized </li></ul><ul><li>Just changing the name or submitting a previous project as new </li></ul><ul><li>Do not send the same or similar application for review without indicating that it is a resubmission </li></ul><ul><li>AHA allows 2 resubmssions + Original allowed </li></ul>
    20. 20. DEADLINES Take them seriously! <ul><li>~5% are administratively withdrawn each year (NIH and AHA) </li></ul><ul><li>Technical problems? Call before the 5:00 pm deadline. </li></ul><ul><li>Applications received after 5:00pm are administratively withdrawn. </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledgement of receipt should be received within 24 hours after electronic submission. </li></ul><ul><li>READ the acknowledgement for possible errors in electronic upload of your application. </li></ul>
    21. 21. Late Applications <ul><li>Contact AHA staff before deadline if experiencing problems with the electronic website. </li></ul><ul><li>Late paper copies may be accepted for genuine reasons and if electronic submission was on time. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Administrative Withdrawal <ul><li>Late electronic or paper copies </li></ul><ul><li>Modifications after deadline </li></ul><ul><li>Format issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>type size </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>characters per inch (CPI) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lines per page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>exceeding page limits </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Streamlined Review “Triage” <ul><li>Removes noncompetitive applications from the review process </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants receive critiques, but not scores </li></ul><ul><li>Applies to fellowships and grants </li></ul><ul><li>40% of consortia applications can be triaged </li></ul>
    24. 24. PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS <ul><li>Describe undergraduate/ graduate research activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>research participation programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>student-originated study programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>research gained through summer or part-time employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>research within course work and/or outside of the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summarize, stating problems studied and conclusions reached </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Technical Support <ul><li>Request technical assistance from AHA </li></ul><ul><li>Seek advice on administrative issues from your grants management specialist </li></ul>
    26. 26. Questions and Answers Annie Oliveto 650-259-6715 [email_address]
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