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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Researchers for Medical Research Projects Related to Congenital Heart Disease

Independent Research Awards and the Cortney Barnett Research Award (CBRA)


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
LOI Date: 04/28/23
Deadline: 09/07/23 5:00 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA, Canada, and International researchers for medical research projects related to congenital heart disease. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. The purpose of this program is to facilitate improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of congenital heart disease. Applications from underrepresented minority investigators and/or applications that focus on investigating disparities in patients with congenital heart disease are strongly encouraged.
Available Grants:
  • The Children’s Heart Foundation’s Independent Grant Awards are intended to fund research that directly impacts patients living with congenital heart disease, over the course of their lifetime. The Foundation seeks to support investigations in clinical cardiology, including surgical and interventional techniques, as well as translational research and population science. The ultimate goal is to fund the most promising research that will advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects (CHDs).
    • The Foundation’s primary focus is on funding research in patients born with structural congenital heart disease. The Foundation also supports research in fetuses/patients with congenital complete heart block, and investigations focused on the evaluation and treatment of cardiomyopathy and arrhythmias in patients with underlying CHD, and research on pediatric heart transplantation.
    • The focus areas for CHD research include but are not limited to:
      • Genetics
      • Maternal environment and modifiable disease impact on fetuses with CHD
      • Fetal diagnosis and intervention
      • Pharmacology
      • Devices and procedural research (cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery)
      • Neurodevelopmental and functional outcomes
      • Life-long care of adults with CHDs
      • Technological development and advancements
      • Quality improvement
      • Policy regarding delivery of care, coverage, and access
      • Health Disparities
  • The Cortney Barnett Research Award RFA is focusing on the evaluation and management of children and adults with Fontan physiology. Supported by generous funding from Cortney Barnett, her family, and their many supporters. The Cortney Barnett Research Award (CBRA) will support research intended to prolong longevity and improve quality of life in patients who have undergone the Fontan procedure.
    • The focus areas for CHD research include but are not limited to:
      • Evaluation and management of Fontan-Associated Liver Disease (FALD)
      • Medication(s)
      • Devices, surgeries and procedural research (intended to improve Fontan circulatory physiology)
      • Arrhythmia therapies·
      • The timing, evaluation, and conduct of cardiac transplantation


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Physician researchers and non-physician researchers are eligible to apply for funding.

Researchers from other disciplines, including nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, anesthesiologists, PhDs, MPHs and clinicians and/or researchers from non-cardiac specialties, are encouraged to apply for the Children’s Heart Foundation Independent Grant Award.

The Foundation strongly encourages applications from underrepresented minority investigators.

Traditionally, the Foundation has not funded research on acquired heart disease (e.g., Kawasaki disease, rheumatic fever) or preventive cardiology (e.g., hyperlipidemia or hypertension in children).

Pre-Application Information
In contrast to prior years when a full application was initially required, researchers seeking funding for either RFA must now submit an initial Letter of Intent (LOI). The Children’s Heart Foundation made this change to reduce the initial time and effort required by applicants, their collaborators, and administrative research staff to apply for funding. The LOIs are due on April 28, 2023. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application no later than June 8, 2023.

- March 29, 2023 – Independent Call for Research Proposals opens
- April 28, 2023 – Letter of Intent due by 5:00pm CST
- June 8, 2023 – Applicants notified as to whether or not they may submit a full application
- September 7, 2023 – Full Application (invite only) due by 5:00pm CST
- December 21, 2023 – Applicants notified as to a decision regarding funding
- January 2024 – Funds released for awardees

Only one application may be submitted, per PI, during each Independent Grant Award cycle.

Letter of Intent Guidelines:

Independent Grant Information & FAQs:

The Cortney Barnett Research Award FAQs:

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $100,000 per year for two (2) years.

Term of Contract
Two years.

Contact Information
Submit an LOI Online:

Proposal Central Help Center
800 875 2562 (Toll-free U.S. and Canada) by or +1 703-964-5840 (Direct Dial International)

The Children's Heart Foundation
5 Revere Drive
One Northbrook Place
Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062-1500
Phone 847-634-6474

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