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The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF)

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Deadline Date:

08/25/22 5:00 PM CST


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International researchers for medical research projects. 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 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 Cortney Barnett Research Award: The Children's Heart Foundation is also issuing an RFA focusing on the evaluation and management of children and adults with Fontan physiology. The Cortney Barnett Research Award will support research intended to prolong longevity and improve quality of life in patients who have undergone the Fontan procedure. Examples of proposals that are of particular interest include research focusing on medications, devices, surgeries and procedures intended to improve Fontan circulatory physiology, the evaluation and management of Fontan-Associated Liver Disease (FALD), arrhythmia therapies, and the timing, evaluation, and conduct of cardiac transplantation.
  • The Szymczak Family Research Award: The Children's Heart Foundation is issuing an RFA focusing on the evaluation and management of children with single ventricle heart defects. Supported by generous funding from the Szymczak family and their many supporters, The Szymczak Family Research Award will support late translational and clinical research projects focusing on improving lifespan and quality of life for patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and other single ventricle heart defects. Proposals that are of particular interest include but are not limited to those focusing on lymphatic disorders including PLE, biventricular repairs in patients with borderline left hearts, and regenerative stem cell therapies.
  • 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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155207

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $100,000 per year for two (2) years. However, for The Cortney Barnett Research Award, exceptionally meritorious proposals that require a greater amount or duration of funding will be considered, up to a total award of $500,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Yes. 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 14, 2022. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application no later than May 31, 2022.

The Children’s Heart Foundation's 2022 Request for Applications (RFA) for Independent Research Awards will open on March 8, 2022.

- March 8, 2022 – Independent Call for Research Proposals opens
- April 14, 2022 – Letter of Intent due by 5:00pm CST
- May 31, 2022 – Applicants notified as to whether or not they may submit a full application
- August 25, 2022 – Full Application (invite only) due by 5:00pm CST
- December 20, 2022 – Applicants notified as to a decision regarding funding
- January 2023 – 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:

The Szymczak Family Research Award FAQs:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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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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