The Framingham Heart Study welcomes the interest and proposals of outside investigators. Collaboration is encouraged as it helps to maximize the scientific value of the wealth of epidemiologic data made possible by the participation of more than 15,000 individuals who were enrolled in the Framingham Heart Study over the past decades. The core research of the Heart Study has focused on many aspects of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. Access to the data for a wide range of investigations has enabled research discoveries related to other diseases such as stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis, obesity, eye and hearing disorders, and cancer.

In order to facilitate access and ensure the optimal scientific outcome, the Heart Study provides ancillary study policy and procedures and a proposal application.