11/3/17: American Heart Association

Published October 16, 2017

UB Letter of Intent deadline is Nov. 3, 2017.


American Heart Association


 Atrial Fibrillation Strategically Focused Research Network. Complete Guidelines can be found at Am. Heart Association-Atrial Fibrillation-Strategically Focused Research Network


This Strategically Focused Research Network provides the AHA with a mechanism to enhance the understanding of the causes, biology, pathophysiology and epidemiology of Atrial Fibrillation, and to develop more effective ways to prevent and treat it with an ultimate improvement in patient outcomes. Testing effective methods for such improvement in outcomes will be provided by special funding from PCORI and the AHA.

In brief, there is a large proportion of individuals with AFib who are not prescribed appropriate long-term oral anticoagulation (OAC) therapy, despite the fact that OAC is understood to reduce the risk of stroke associated with AFib by >60%. The DECIDE Center will support the creation or adaptation of decision tools, validate them, and directly compare and evaluate shared decision-making tools and approaches in patients with atrial fibrillation and their clinicians, using comparative effectiveness research to address this important gap in evidence-based therapy.

Eligibility Restrictions

The Atrial Fibrillation Strategically Focused Research Network will be comprised of four (4) AHA Center grants and one (1) PCORI – AHA/ASA Collaborative: Decision-making and Choices to Inform Dialogue and Empower A-Fib Patients (DECIDE) Center grant. Awards will be selected based on merit.

Funding Information

The maximum budget amount an AHA Center applicant may request is $3,709,200. The maximum budget amount the PCORI – AHA/ASA Collaborative: Decision-making and Choices to Inform Dialogue and Empower A-Fib Patients (DECIDE) Center applicant may request is $5,000,000.

Internal Review Process

Due to the limited number of applications, if you or your colleagues are interested in applying, please submit the internal review documents to Kenneth Tramposch at ovpr.limitedsubmission@research.buffalo.edu by Nov. 3, 2017.

The internal review documents are:

  1. Project summary (3 pages) that describes the three projects that will be pursued under an integrated center theme,
  2. A description (1 page) of the multidisciplinary training program,
  3. Description of how the proposed center will collaborate with other SFRC in the network (1 page).
  4. NIH biosketches for the proposed center director and up to five (5) key personnel.

If you are selected, the full proposal would be due Jan. 31, 2018.