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Assessing the Impact of the American Heart Association's Research Portfolio: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.

Creager MA, Hernandez AF, Bender JR, Foster MH, Heidenreich PA, Houser SR, Lloyd-Jones DM, Roach WH, Roger VL, American Heart Association Research Committee. Assessing the Impact of the American Heart Association's Research Portfolio: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2022 Nov 1; 146(18):e246-e256.

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A task force composed of American Heart Association (AHA) Research Committee members established processes to measure the performance of the AHA''s research portfolio and evaluated key outcomes that are fundamental to the overall success of the program. This report reviews progress that the AHA research program has had in achieving its goals relevant to the research programs in the AHA''s research portfolio from 2008 to 2017. Comprehensive performance metrics were identified to assess the impact of AHA funding on researchers'' career progress and research outcomes. Metrics included bibliometric analysis (ie, tracking of publications and their impact) and career development measures (ie, subsequent grant funding, intellectual property, faculty appointment/promotion, or industry position). Publication rates ranged from ˜0.5 to 4 publications per year, with a strong correlation between number of publications per year and later career stage. The Field-Weighted Citation Index, a metric of bibliometric impact, was between 1.5 and 3.0 for all programs, indicating that AHA awardee publications had a higher citation impact compared with similar publications. To gain insight into the career progression of AHA awardees, a 2-year postaward survey was distributed. Of the Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient respondents, 72% obtained academic research positions, with the remaining working in industry or government research settings; 72% of those in academic positions obtained additional funding. Among respondents who were Beginning Grant-in-Aid and Scientist Development Grant awardees, 45% received academic promotions and 83% obtained additional funding. Measuring performance of the AHA''s research portfolio is critical to ensure that its strategic goals are met and to show the AHA''s commitment to high-quality, impactful research.

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