AHA Seeks Gutsy Researchers to Get to the Heart of the Matter

The American Heart Association’s recent announcement of its Innovative Research Grant Program definitely turned some heads. It’s goal is to boost new ideas, and no preliminary data is necessary.

I’ll say that again: No. Preliminary. Data. Necessary. Holy moly, right? This is really out there. While a logical proposal for the prospective work is mandatory, the fact that data isn’t required means the door is absolutely wide open for the freshest, greenest ideas around.

According to the release, “research deemed innovative may introduce a new paradigm, challenge an existing paradigm, look at existing problems from new perspectives, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities.” Research projects dealing directly with cardiovascular function and disease or stroke are welcome, as are projects that relate to the clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, or public health side of heart care. Multidisciplinary projects are also encouraged. 

From the website:

To be eligible, applicants must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.O., or equivalent doctoral degree. Eligibility is not restricted based on experience level or seniority (i.e., seniority will not be used as a criterion in evaluating an application's merit). At the time of award activation, grantees must have a faculty (or faculty equivalent) appointment. This award is not intended for postdoctoral fellows or others in research training positions.

Through the program, two-year grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded as pilot or seed funding that leads to successful competition for additional funding beyond the pilot period.