Research Funding Partnerships

The Children's Heart Foundation/American Heart Association Partnership

The Children’s Heart Foundation partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to establish the Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards Program.
This program is a collaborative investment of funds by the two organizations for medical professionals to better understand and treat congenital heart defects (CHDs), the most common birth defect in the United States. 

"Through this collaboration and our ongoing commitment to research focused on congenital heart defects, we strive to make a lasting impact on the lives of those with CHDs. This new research will help bring innovative solutions to improve survival rates and care for all CHD patients,” said Barbara Newhouse, CEO of The Children’s Heart Foundation.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Partnership

The Children's Heart Foundation funds the American Academy of Pediatrics' educational ​Pediatric Cardiology Research Fellowship Award. The purpose of the Award is to promote understanding of cardiovascular disease in children. The grant provides research support for an individual who has demonstrated aptitude for basic science or clinical science research during their pediatric cardiology fellowship. The award recipient is selected in the winter and begins the fellowship in July of the award year. The results of the fellow's research are presented during the Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery's program at the National Conference and Exhibition (Annual Meeting) the following year. The award represents a tremendous opportunity for junior faculty in pediatric cardiology to gain research experience.​​​


Cardiac Networks United Partnership

The Children’s Heart Foundation and Cardiac Networks United have partnered to advance congenital heart research. The foundation has committed $1.5 million in funding over the next five years to the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital to support large-scale research and quality improvement initiatives led by Cardiac Networks United.

Leaders from across the country collaborated to form Cardiac Networks United with the goals of accelerating scientific discovery and improvements in congenital heart care. The initiative brings together data, expertise, and resources spanning several congenital heart networks and includes nearly two-thirds of U.S. congenital heart programs (85 hospitals). The network is led by Mott pediatric cardiologists Sara Pasquali, M.D. and Michael Gaies, M.D., and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center pediatric cardiologist Jeffrey Anderson, M.D.

Through the new collaboration between The Children’s Heart Foundation and Cardiac Networks United, organization leaders strive to make a lasting impact on the lives of patients and families impacted by congenital heart disease.