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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. American Heart Association Funding Opportunities Annie Oliveto Director of Research
    • 2. 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.
    • 3. Research Funding Donor Dollar 25% 75% National Center Western States Research Allocation 21% 15%
    • 4. Breakthroughs Funded by AHA
      • The first artificial heart valve.
      • Techniques and standards for CPR
      • Implantable pacemakers to
      • regulate irregular
      • heartbeats.
      • Heart-lung machine
      • 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
    • 5. 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
      • heart failure
      • Gene studies
      • Abnormal heart rhythms
    • 6. Breakthroughs Still Needed in Stroke Research
      • Stroke Treatments
      • Brain Imaging Techniques
      • Stroke Risk Factors, Education & Awareness
      • Stroke and Dementia
      • Recovery from Stroke
      • Gene and Protein Research
    • 7. AHA’s Research Focus
      • Training and career development of
      • beginning scientists
      • Support of cutting
      • edge basic and
      • clinical science
    • 8. What Kinds of Research Do We Support? The AHA supports research that is broadly related to the cardiovascular area and stroke.
    • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Did you know that the AHA Funds:
      • Behavior Studies
      • Biomedical Ethics
      • Cardiac Rehabilitation
      • Clinical Trials
      • Compliance
      • Coping Strategies / Stress Mgt
      • Depression
      • Epidemiology
      • Exercise / Physical Activity
      • Familial Aggregation / Genetic Epidemiology
      • Health Care Utilization/Cost Effectiveness
      • Health Promotion/Prevention
      • Human Nutrition (Behavioral and Preventive Aspects)
      • Obesity
      • Nutrition
      • Outcomes Research
      • Preventive Cardiology
      • Quality of Life
      • Social Support Systems
      • Stroke
      • Weight Control
      • 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
    • 16. FATAL FLAWS Common Mistakes Made When Applying for Funding
    • 17. 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
    • 18. 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
    • 19. 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
    • 20. 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.
    • 21. Late Applications
      • 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.
    • 22. Administrative Withdrawal
      • Late electronic or paper copies
      • Modifications after deadline
      • Format issues:
        • type size
        • characters per inch (CPI)
        • lines per page
        • exceeding page limits
    • 23. 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
      • 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
    • 25. Technical Support
      • Request technical assistance from AHA
      • Seek advice on administrative issues from your grants management specialist
    • 26. Questions and Answers Annie Oliveto 650-259-6715 [email_address]