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2017 Heart to Heart Grant Application

GRANT DESCRIPTION 

Alpha Phi Foundation advances women's lives through the power of philanthropy. We do this by raising and awarding funds for programs that further leadership development, Heart Apply online Button.jpgencourage academic excellence, improve women's heart health, support sisters in need, preserve heritage, and educate about the value of philanthropy.

Since 1946, Alpha Phi has focused on heart health as its philanthropic priority. As a women's organization, Alpha Phi Foundation places special emphasis on women's heart health. In 1993, Alpha Phi Foundation designed an annual grant - the Heart to Heart Grant - to encourage research and education to lessen the impact of heart disease in women. Since the inception of this grant, the Foundation has invested more than $950,000 into women's heart health initiatives.

Each year the Foundation accepts nominations for its Heart to Heart Grant. Collegiate chapters, alumnae chapters and individual members can submit nominations for organizations within their own communities. Nonprofit organizations can also self-nominate.

Who is Eligible? 
  • Community Organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Universities/Schools
  • Research Programs

Institutions must have public charity status/nonprofit status under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) or a Charitable Designation Number if in Canada. A copy of the public charity/nonprofit status determination letter is required and can be submitted as an attachment to the application form. 

Programs must target education/care of women.

How many will be selected?
One grant in the amount of $100,000.

How is the grant recipient selected?

All applications are reviewed by a team of medical professionals who are Alpha Phi members. The finalists, based on top average scores, are expected to participate in a phone interview conducted by Foundation Board and staff representatives. Notes from the phone interview are submitted along with the completed application to the Foundation Board of Directors for review. The Foundation Board selects the recipient by a majority vote.

To judge the merit of the application, reviewers will comment on the following criteria:

Significance
  • Does this research study/educational program address an important problem?
  • If the aims of the application are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, clinical practice, or community awareness be advanced?
  • What will be the effect of this study/program on the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive the field of cardiology?
  • How many people will be impacted by this project?

Innovation
  • Is the project original and innovative? For example, does the project challenge existing paradigms or clinical practice; address an innovative hypothesis or critical barrier to progress in the field of cardiology?
  • Does the project develop or employ novel concepts, approaches or methodologies, tools, or technologies for this area?

Approach:
  • Are the conceptual or clinical framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well-integrated, well-reasoned, and appropriate to the aims of the project?
  • Does the applicant acknowledge potential problem areas and consider alternative tactics?
  • Is there a clear execution and implementation plan for the proposed project?

Investigators
  • Is the principal investigator(s)/program developer(s) and other key personnel appropriately trained and well-suited to carry out this work?
  • Is the work proposed appropriate to the experience level(s) of the principal investigator(s)/program developer(s) and other researchers/implementers?
  • Does the principal investigator(s)/program developer(s) and investigative/implementation team bring complementary and integrated expertise to the project (if applicable)?

Environment:
  • Do(es) the environment(s) in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success?
  • Does the proposed study benefit from unique features of the environment(s), or subject populations, or employ useful collaborative arrangements?
  • Is there evidence of institutional support?

Budget
  • Is the proposed budget reasonable and covering only direct costs of the project?
  • Is the requested period of support appropriate in relation to the proposed research/program?
  • Can the budgetary needs of the project be met largely by the $100,000 Heart to Heart Grant award?

Strategic Alignment with Alpha Phi Foundation's Mission and Goals
  • Is the project relevant to the Foundation's mission and goals?
  • What is the potential for local, regional, and/or national recognition?
  • What is the potential for local Alpha Phi collegians and alumnae to connect with this project first-hand?
  • Will a partnership between Alpha Phi Foundation and the applicant organization advance the Foundation's brand?