(CLOSED) American Stroke Association-Bugher Foundation Centers of Excellence in Hemorrhagic Stroke

Sponsor Name: 
Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation
Description of the Award: 

The Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association announce a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Centers of Excellence in Hemorrhagic Stroke Research comprising at least three (3) Centers and one (1) Centralized Training Center within this Network (see appropriate section for application details).

AHA awards are limited to U.S.-based non-profit institutions, including medical, osteopathic and dental schools, veterinary schools, schools of public health, pharmacy schools, nursing schools, universities and colleges, public and voluntary hospitals and others that can demonstrate the ability to conduct the proposed research. 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, except for Veterans Administrations employees.


A leading priority of the AHA is to fund research that increases the understanding of the etiology, pathophysiology, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular (CV) diseases and stroke. This RFA describes a collaborative network of basic, clinical and population researchers from different disciplines whose collective efforts will enhance the understanding of the etiology, biological pathways and modifiable risk factors associated with hemorrhagic stroke (HS) and will lead to innovative and breakthrough discoveries for the prevention and treatment of HS.

Specific Questions to be Answered by this Grant Opportunity
The intent of this initiative is to support a collaboration of basic, clinical and/or population researchers from different disciplines whose collective efforts will lead to new approaches to the study of HS. Each Center must have at least two (2) research projects, but no more than three (3) projects, from two (or three) of these disciplines: basic, clinical, and/or population science. All projects must focus on HS, and the proposed projects must demonstrate synergy such that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Note: Population health studies are inclusive of projects ranging from cohort studies to translational work and/or implementation projects involving community interventions. All projects must address health care disparities and/or health equity.


In addition to the awarded Centers, this Network provides a separate opportunity to fund a Centralized Training Center. This Training Center will incorporate a multidisciplinary approach to provide robust research experiences, training, and mentorship to create the next generation of stroke scientists and researchers. The Training Center will development science curriculum and career-development training opportunities as well as collaborate with the Center Fellows and their mentors at each Center within this network.

The goal of this program is to support postdoctoral fellows in the pursuit of careers as biomedical, behavioral, clinical, or population health investigators while supporting their development as leaders. Below are several examples of what the training program should provide:

  • A strong foundation in research design, methods, and analytic techniques appropriate for the proposed research area;
  • Enhancement of trainees’ ability to conceptualize and think through research problems with increasing independence;
  • Experience conducting research using state-of-the-art methods, and presenting and publishing their research findings;
  • Interaction with members of the scientific community at appropriate scientific meetings and workshops;
  • Increased understanding of the health-related sciences and the relationship of their research training to health and disease; and
  • Opportunities for the development of professional skills, including those that support community engagement and leadership and establish a community for career-long support.
Sponsor LOI Deadline: 
Jul 16, 2020
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Aug 27, 2020
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Submit your notification in the InfoReady Competition linked below to provide your contact information no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline.

The Office of Foundation Relations is the institutional contact with the Bugher Foundation. Interested applicants should please contact Jess Kiely, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, (jkiely1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-5827) for additional support.

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
Penn State OVPR NOI Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 4:00pm
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
Scott Simon (CoM)