Call for Proposals

2020 Independent Call for Research Proposals

The Children’s Heart Foundation's 2020 Call for Research Proposals is now open! The Children’s Heart Foundation funds life-saving, life-changing congenital heart defect (CHD) research in clinical cardiology, translational research, population science, and advancement, prevention, detection of surgical and interventional techniques including, but not limited to the following areas: 

  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Devices and procedural research (cardiac catheterization and surgery)
  • Neurodevelopmental and functional outcomes
  • Quality and policy regarding delivery of care, coverage, and access
  • Maternal environment and modifiable disease impact on fetuses with CHD
  • Fetal diagnosis and intervention
  • Long-term care of adults with CHDs
  • Technological development and advancements

Investigators should submit Research Funding Applications online. Click here to begin a new application.

Click here to return to a saved application.

The deadline to submit an application for the 2020 research funding cycle is *Friday, June 12, 2020. The online application system will close at 5:00 pm CT.

*There is a 1-week extension on our grant application deadline to accommodate the challenges related to COVID-19 and this very unique time.

Applications not submitted through, incomplete, or late applications will not be accepted.

The Medical Advisory Counsel of The Children’s Heart Foundation will review the proposals by late Fall 2020. Those recommended will receive funding in December 2020.

View our Research Grant Program Guidelines here.

Please contact with any questions regarding our application or research funding process.


AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards

Scientists who are conducting research to prevent and treat CHDs are encouraged to submit applications for the next round of funding of the American Heart Association and The Children's Heart Foundation's joint Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards. The application categories align with standard AHA Predoctoral Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Career Development Awards, and Transformational Project Awards. If you are a researcher that applied to our independent call for grants, we encourage you to also apply for the Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards.

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