Access & Publications Research Program

STS sponsors and funds research through a well-established program administered by the STS Access & Publications (A&P) Task Force. 

The A&P Research Program is for STS National Database participants conducting research using data from one of the four Database components: Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), General Thoracic Surgery (GTSD), and Intermacs Database. 

Funding consideration is given to novel, well-conceived, and hypothesis-driven proposals, with extra consideration for projects that involve multiple investigators/institutions and can be completed within 9-12 months. Analyses are performed at an STS-designated analytics center.

Researchers submitting proposals should keep in mind:

  • The submitted research plan should be well thought-out and must include sufficient details that clearly outline all required analysis steps. Shell tables and figures are encouraged.
  • Data elements required for the research analysis must be included in the STS National Database. Several proposals have been rejected because they required data that were not part of the Database.

Prospective investigators are strongly encouraged to review the Current Projects web page, as well as the Published Research web page, in advance of submitting a full proposal.

Proposal Submission Deadlines


Specialty Database Cycle I Cycle II
Adult Cardiac Surgery Database March 30 Sept. 15
Congenital Heart Surgery Database August 15 Nov. 1
General Thoracic Surgery Database March 30 Oct. 31
Intermacs  June 15 Dec. 1


NOTE: The STS Research and Analytic Center is not currently accepting new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)-linked proposals for consideration. Formal updates will be shared when consideration of CMS-linked proposals resumes

Refer to the A&P Processes, Procedures, and Leadership document for detailed information regarding the A&P proposal review process, and submit your application today. For more information, contact Kristin Mathis.