Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation



The Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) is committed to improving outcomes and quality of life for children with all forms of cardiomyopathy. CCF's research grant program aims to advance medical knowledge on the causes and mechanism of pediatric cardiomyopathy and to develop diagnostic guidelines and targeted therapies.

CCF offers funding for basic science, clinical, population/epidemiologic and translational research on cardiomyopathies affecting children aged 18 years and younger. This includes support for studies focused on the causes, evaluation or treatment of dilated, hypertrophic, restrictive, arrhythmogenic right ventricular, and left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy as it relates to the pediatric population. View past grant awards

CCF offers two research grant programs through the Foundation and the American Heart Association.

CCF Research Grant Program


CCF's grant program is designed to provide seed funding to investigators for the testing of initial hypotheses and collecting of preliminary data to help secure long-term funding by the National Institutes of Health and other major granting institutions.


Principal investigator must hold an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degree and reside in the United States or Canada. The investigator must have a faculty appointment at an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution and have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent research and publish in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals.


Funding is available in the range of US$25,000 to US$50,000 for one year of total direct costs. Following the completion of the proposed study, a second year of funding may be requested by application. Upon receipt of a signed CCF letter of agreement and IRB or IACUC approval, CCF will disburse funds in installments during the grant period.

Application Process

CCF requires a letter of intent in advance of the grant application. The 2017 deadline for letters of intent is Wednesday, June 14 by 5:00 pm eastern standard time. Before submitting a letter of intent or grant application please read the document CCF Research Funding Considerations to determine if your study meets CCF’s funding criteria. Only investigators who have submitted a letter of intent and have been invited to submit a formal grant application will be considered for CCF funding.

The submission deadline for full grant applications is Friday, September 8, 2017 by 5:00 pm eastern standard time with final award decisions to be made in January 2018. Please refer to the below downloadable documents for more information on the application process and required documents:

Letter of Intent Instructions

Letter of Intent Form

Grant Requirements & Guidelines

Grant Application Form

Selection Process

Grant award decisions are made through a careful and detailed peer-review selection process led by CCF’s Medical Advisors and approved by CCF’s Board of Directors. A study's scientific merit and contribution to the field of pediatric cardiomyopathy is key to being selected for funding. Preference will be given to studies on primary cardiomyopathy and where no other funding organization exists for the form of cardiomyopathy being studied. Details about the grant review process can be found in CCF’s Grant Requirements & Guidelines document.

CCF & American Heart Association
Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Joint Research Award


CCF's joint research program with the American Heart Association (AHA) was established to attract and encourage new investigators to conduct research into pediatric cardiomyopathy.


Funding is limited to AHA's Beginning Grant-in-Aid and Grant-in-Aid applicant requirements.


CCF will provide 50 percent of the research award to fund a project related to pediatric cardiomyopathy. The AHA will provide the balance of the funds needed to fully fund the selected award.

Application Process

Interested parties should submit a Grant-in-Aid application to AHA's Regional Affiliate. More information on AHA’s research partnership programs can be found on their website. The 2016 submission deadline starts mid-July and the appropriate AHA regional affiliate should be contacted for the exact application deadline.

Selection Process

AHA will conduct the grant review under their standard peer review system. CCF will then select a project from a list of meritorious Beginning Grant-in-Aid or Grant-in-Aid applications approved for funding.