A&P Application

  • 1 Current A&P Application
  • 2 Complete


Your A&P Application must be completed in one session. Partially completed applications will not be saved in the system; if you close your browser before submitting your A&P Application, your work will be lost.

Before you begin filling out the A&P Application form below, please review and familiarize yourself with the A&P Processes and Procedures document and gather the required information and files. Some of the items you will need to properly fill out the form include:


1) STS National Database Participant ID - The 5-digit number corresponding to the investigator's participant affiliation in the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD), or Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD); or the 4 letter Code in case of Intermacs/Pedimacs database participants.


2) Principal Investigator contact information and biosketch;

3) File identifying any co-­investigators (if applicable) and their contact information; and


4) File providing a full description of the research proposal.


Incomplete applications will not be considered. An example of a successful A&P application is available here.

Investigative Team

5-digit number corresponding to the investigator’s participant affiliation in the ACSD, GTSD, or CHSD; or the 4 letter code in case of Intermacs/Pedimacs database participants. The STS ND ID provided must correspond to the specialty database that will be used in the research proposed by the investigative team; e.g. General Thoracic Surgery proposals should provide an ID corresponding to the GTSD.

Principal Investigator (PI)

One file only.
4 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf, doc, docx.

Other Investigators

Other Investigator radios
One file only.
4 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf, doc, docx.

A&P Research Project Information

Select Database

A&P Research Study Plan

All applications must include a detailed research study plan that will be reviewed by STS Research Center staff, surgeon reviewers, and A&P Specialty Committee and Task Force members. The research study plan should include the following information:

Research Plan

1. Study Background
2. Overview -

            2.1 Research Question

            2.2 Rationale for Research Question

3. Study Plan/Approach
     3.1   Study Patients
        3.1.1   Study Inclusion Criteria (include years of study, relevant database versions)
        3.1.2   Study Exclusion Criteria (be as specific as possible)

        3.1.3   Endpoints and Outcomes (be specific; indicate whether only 30 day outcomes will be examined and which ones; indicate if longer follow-up/outcomes are proposed (i.e. CMS linkage - currently available for Adult Cardiac Proposals and Intermacs/Pedimacs proposals)

3.2   Statistical Methods and Analysis Plan (be as specific as possible; providing shell tables for anticipated presentation of results is strongly encouraged)

     3.3   Dissemination Plans

                3.3.1 Peer-reviewed Journal to which submission is anticipated (if any)

          3.3.2 National meetings at which abstract presentation is anticipated (if any)

          3.3.3 Timeline

    3.4 Literature Cited


1STS strongly suggests that the investigators target the STS Annual Meeting and The Annals of Thoracic Surgery as the meeting and publication forums, respectively, for dissemination of A&P­-based research.

One file only.
20 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf, doc, docx.

Investigators should provide a full list of data fields they anticipate needing for their research based on the applicable STS National Database - Data Collection Form 

(Adult Cardiac Surgery DatabaseGeneral Thoracic Surgery DatabaseCongenital Heart Surgery Database, Intermacs Variables File or Pedimacs Variables File).

One file only.
10 MB limit.
Allowed types: xlsx, xls.

To complete your application, please click "Submit."