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American Heart Association

Go Red for Women Research Network


Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.


Institutional Eligibility:  Awards are limited to non-profit institutions in the United States, such as universities and colleges, public and voluntary hospitals, laboratories, research institutes, and other non-profit institutions that can demonstrate the ability to conduct projects and organize a center. Applications will not be accepted for work with funding to be administered through any federal institution or work to be performed by a federal employee, with the exception of Veterans Administration employees.


PI Eligibility:  Directors and Principal Investigators of projects of the Centers

• Must possess an M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.V.M., or equivalent doctoral degree at time of application, and

• Must have a faculty or staff appointment.

• May hold another AHA award simultaneously.

• Must demonstrate a 20% minimum effort requirement for the Director, a 5% minimum effort for the Training Director and a 10% minimum effort requirement for Principal Investigators (PI) of Center projects. These responsibilities are mutually exclusive.


The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).


Proposal Limit: 1


Summary:  A 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 specific SFRN, with the addition of generous funding from a private donor committed to improving women’s cardiovascular health, will focus on the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of women’s health. Four to five (4-5) Research Centers will make up the Network and will be supported for a period of four (4) years. These Centers will constitute the Network and will be awarded a total of $15-19 million over that period (including costs for Network oversight and administration). One of these Centers will be designated as the Sarah Ross Soter Center for Women’s Cardiovascular Research in recognition of the Soter Family’s generous funding of a Center as well as network-wide collaborative grants.


Specifically, this RFA seeks to have basic, clinical and population/behavioral health teams join together and submit proposals which address the topic of women’s health via their individual areas of expertise. A Center may be sited at one or at multiple institutions under the leadership of one. Each Center applies for funding individually and is peer reviewed by the AHA. The most meritorious Center applications and their research projects will be combined by the AHA to form the AHA Go Red For Women Research Network including the Sarah Ross Soter Center for Women’s Cardiovascular Research (which will be one of the funded Centers within the Network). Broad collaborations for expertise are highly encouraged. A Center’s application can consist of three (3) proposals from their one (1) institution; or they can reach out and bring in other projects from other institutions. For example: the basic project could come from laboratory X in Delaware; the clinical project from hospital Y in Texas and the population/ translational project from University Z in California, with the primary applicant being any of these institutions.


It should be noted that the increased availability of consumer-oriented health tools and social media, among others, has created new opportunities for natural experiments and novel interventions that could inform the development of effective health behavior change strategies that might improve disparities in risk factor control or enhance patient recovery. Multidisciplinary research that takes advantage of such innovative tools could also fall within the scope of the RFA.


Furthermore, collaboration is encouraged with social and behavioral scientists, health policy experts, community-facing organizations and other experts to identify programs that effectively aid individuals in beneficial lifestyle modifications or engage clinical interventions in a fashion that unequivocally reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke or improves outcomes after an event.



The Network will include:

• Four- five (4-5) Centers working together to advance the field of research in women’s health. One of the Centers within the Network will be designated as the Sarah Ross Soter Center for Women’s Cardiovascular Research.

• One (1) Oversight Advisory Committee (see RFA pg. 16)

• Twelve - Fifteen (12-15) post-doctoral fellows over the course of four years, three at each Center.

• Twelve - Fifteen (12-15) research projects: Four - five (4-5) in each field (basic, clinical, population) focused on women’s health and the topics of interest listed below.

• Collaborative Projects developed and implemented between any or all of the Centers, supported by the generous gift of $1 million provided by Sarah Ross Soter.


Each Center will:

• Conduct three (3) cohesive research projects of scope equivalent to an R01

• Provide a training program for fellows, training three (3) Center-funded postdoctoral fellows during the period of the award

• Be linked to the other Centers by AHA-organized interactions and meetings with the intent to accelerate exchange of ideas, encourage sharing of commonly-useful knowledge and methods, and provide networking opportunities for trainees

• Report annually on its efforts towards integration with the other centers, as well as observations on successes/challenges of such integration

• Interact as part of the AHA Go Red For Women Research Network according to the Collaboration Expectations outlined in the RFA (pg. 7) and further defined by the Oversight Advisory Committee (RFA pg. 16)




July 7, 2015

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. 


Send email of intent to

July 10, 2015

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.


All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.


Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one-three page research plan summary, two-page bio-sketch, and preliminary budget.


The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.

If you have any questions, please contact:  or 979.862.2233.


July 31, 2015

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

August 31, 2015

Required Letter of Intent due to Sponsor

November 17, 2015

Sponsor deadline for the full proposal.



Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.