Research Grants

Abiomed funds research programs that investigate how mechanical circulatory support with Impella® heart pumps may improve patient outcomes.

All types of research programs will be considered, including but not limited to: clinical studies and pre-clinical investigations. All research programs must focus on how Impella support can improve patient outcomes. Research proposals are reviewed quarterly by Abiomed's academic research department. The deadline for submission to each of these quarterly review sessions is outlined below.

Areas of Interest

The following research domains have been identified by Abiomed to be areas of interest for innovation within the field. Applications within these domains will be given priority in the competitive application process. However, applications outside these domains will still be considered.

Right Heart Failure

The existence of right heart failure can complicate the therapeutic course of patients on mechanical circulatory support. We are interested in funding studies aimed at early recognition and predictive metrics for the identification and management of patients with RV dysfunction.

Access, Hemostasis and Anticoagulation

Impella use requires further understanding of anticoagulation, advanced access & closure techniques, and maintaining appropriate Impella position during mid- to long-term support. We are interested in funding studies that identify best practices and improve patient outcomes.

Impella Adjunct Therapies

Mechanical unloading of the heart has proven effective for heart recovery, and with the help of adjunct therapies we can get one step closer to restoring native heart function. We are interested in funding studies that improve patient outcomes through device/drug or device/device combinations.

Neurocardiovascular Control and Ventricular Unloading

The cardiovascular system is regulated by complex responses of the autonomic nervous system (i.e., baroreflex or renal sympathy outflow). We are interested in funding research that investigates neurocardiovascular adaptation in response to prolonged Impella support to improve patient outcomes.

Instructions for Grant Submission:

To submit a research grant request, enter relevant study information into the research grant and itemized budget templates and upload online for submission.

A research grant submission is required to contain the following attachments:

  1. Proposal
  2. Itemized budget
  3. Principal investigator CV, including list of study-related publications.


Optional & recommended documents:

  1. Figures and tables
  2. Cover letter
  3. Documentation identifying requestor's status as a non-profit, charitable organization
  4. Other relevant documents


Completed applications received by the quarterly deadline will be reviewed at the next available proposal review session. If you have any questions regarding this process, or would like to speak to a member of our academic research department regarding your new or existing application, please contact us at

Quarterly Review Dates for 2021 and 2022:

Quarterly deadline for submission/resubmission of grant proposal Proposal review session (week of) PI notified of result of review by
August 23, 2021 September 6, 2021 October 4, 2021
November 22, 2021 December 6, 2021 January 3, 2022
February 28, 2022 March 7, 2022 April 4, 2022
May 23, 2022 June 6, 2022 July 5, 2022

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