American Heart Association

AHA: Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network

Program Summary

The AHA is interested in the science community exploring all aspects of prevention, which can assist the AHA in reaching its 2020 Goals and overall mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. To that end, the AHA pursues research from the basic, clinical and population sciences. This RFA will require that each submission have an overall application from the Center Director, as well as three proposals from project Principal Investigators:

A Center application can comprise projects from more than one institution, as long as there is a named sponsoring institution, where the Center Director is located and will manage the oversight and financial responsibilities. Thus, applications should convey how these different areas of science will collaborate, both in their science discoveries and through joint team communication and integration. This program is offered by the AHA National Research Program.


An institution may submit only one AHA Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network Center application per institution for this competition. The application may include individuals and/or projects at more than one institution provided there is evidence for a successful close personal and geographical interaction among research and training personnel. It is the responsibility of the submitting institution to ensure that only one proposal is submitted for the institution or to coordinate across several institutions to create a single application. The Center Director’s institution will maintain fiscal responsibility for the entire award.

Award Information

The Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) is a mechanism that provides AHA an opportunity to address key strategic issues as determined by the AHA Board of Directors. This SFRN will focus on “Prevention” with the AHA supporting four (4) Research Centers for a period of four (4) years. These four (4) Centers will constitute the Network and will receive a total of $15 million award over that period (including costs for Network oversight and administration). The goal is to select and award four (4) Prevention Centers.

Internal Selection Procedure

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
1. A two page CV
2. A one-page letter of intent that includes the following sponsor-identified criteria:

3. Additional pages may be added for references

The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's letter of intent deadline of Monday, December 16, 2013.

Proposal Due to OVPRED12/02/2013 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF11/25/2013
Date Due to Sponsor12/02/2013
Required LOI Due Date12/02/2013
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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