AHA and FAER to Offer the First of Three Co-Sponsored Awards

December 11, 2020

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) are co-sponsoring the AHA-FAER Career Development Award (CDA) for early career investigators in anesthesiology interested in conducting research related to cardiovascular/cerebrovascular disease. This research collaboration will span three years, with one AHA-FAER CDA offered each year. The deadline to submit an application for the first AHA-FAER CDA using the American Heart Association’s Career Development Award grant process is February 16, 2021.

The AHA-FAER CDA, administered by the American Heart Association, supports highly promising anesthesiologists holding an MD or DO in the early years of their first professional appointment. Recipients will explore innovative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training to assure the applicant’s future success as a physician-scientist.

“We are excited to work with the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research to offer this joint Career Development Award to early-career anesthesiologists,” said American Heart Association President Mitchell S.V. Elkind, MD, MS, FAHA, FAAN, professor of neurology and epidemiology at Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and attending neurologist at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “As a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, the Association is committed to funding critical needs in biomedical research to support a variety of disciplines and career stages. Our commitment to early-career faculty has been a mainstay of our research funding enterprise for over 70 years.”

The standard AHA CDA is typically $231,000 over a three-year period. For the co-sponsored AHA-FAER CDA, FAER contributed an additional $19,000 to bring the total funding to $250,000 over three years. This includes funding for awardees to attend FAER’s annual career development Mentored Research Training Grant meeting twice during the three-year grant period.

“FAER is committed to developing the next generation of physician-scientists in anesthesiology,” said FAER President James Eisenach, MD, professor of anesthesiology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. “Joining with the AHA to provide the AHA-FAER CDA is a perfect example of such commitment. FAER is pleased to join with the AHA in this effort and we look forward to seeing the positive results for investigator and specialty alike that will emerge from this award.”

Applicants must fulfill all other eligibility requirements called for by the AHA CDA as well as be an anesthesiologist holding either an MD or DO.

For more information on the AHA-FAER CDA, including related links and supporting documents, visit FAER.org/AHA.

“As a physician-scientist in Anesthesiology who studies heart disease, I am absolutely thrilled about the collaboration between FAER and the AHA to support the next generation of investigators,” said Julie Freed, MD, PhD, assistant professor of anesthesiology and physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and 2017 FAER MRTG recipient. “Cardiovascular disease is the number one co-morbidity we encounter in our surgical patient population and remains the leading cause of mortality in the United States. These synergistic relationships are critical in the fight against heart disease both in and out of the operating room.”

The American Heart Association (AHA)
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER)
FAER is a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). For over 30 years, FAER has been dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-scientists in anesthesiology. Charitable contributions and support to FAER help fuel the future of anesthesiology through scientific discovery. Funding priorities include: Research, Education, and Training. FAER has awarded over $47 million in research grants and programs since 1986. To donate to FAER, visit FAER.org/donate.