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BCVS Minority Travel Grant

Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences


Award Application Window: April 19–Aug. 20, 2017 at 5 p.m. (Central time)

The American Heart Association’s Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences proudly supports the research efforts of early career investigators and trainees of all backgrounds.

The BCVS Council is offering a travel grant to outstanding minority early career investigators and students interested in attending AHA Scientific Sessions in November.

Eligibility Criteria

The travel grant is for up to $750 and will cover transportation and hotel costs related to the conference. Grants will be issued after the conference upon submission of travel receipts to the AHA. Up to 12 awards will be issued based on all of the eligibility criteria below:


  • The candidate must be a minority by the standard NIH definition: He or she belongs to a minority group underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral science careers, based on their minority group's representation in the total population. This includes American Indians (including Alaskan Natives, Eskimos and Aleutians), Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, African Americans and Hispanics. Other candidates considered a minority are those from medically underserved populations with low socio-economic status and those living in rural areas to include whites.
  • Hispanic countries include the following: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, Brazil and Venezuela
  • The candidate must be a U.S. citizen, a noncitizen national (born in American Samoa or Swains Island), or a U.S. permanent resident.
  • The candidate must hold an academic (or equivalent) rank below associate professor (e.g., assistant professors, instructors, postdocs, fellows and students). If the candidate is a faculty member, he or she must be within the first five years of the faculty appointment.
  • The applicant must be conducting basic science research in the field of cardiovascular disease.
  • Previous winners of this award are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates should apply for only one of the three travel grants that the council offers to Scientific Sessions.

How to Apply/Required Documents

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required by the application deadline date. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted.

**Candidates may apply for more than one travel award; however, an applicant is eligible to receive only one travel stipend.

Your application file should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  • A letter of recommendation by a mentor, section chief or department chair, which includes the following:
    • Statement of the candidate's minority status specifically and confirmation that the candidate meets the basic eligibility requirements
    • Candidate’s key accomplishments to date (or other forms of demonstrated excellence and recognition in the case of very junior trainees)
    • Assessment of relevant scientific attributes (intellectual curiosity, drive, critical thinking, problem-solving)
    • Potential for future success as a competitive investigator
  • Curriculum vitae, including bibliography

Visit the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System to complete an application.

A username and password previously set up through online profile registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. If you have not created an online profile yet, please visit Professional Heart Daily to create an online member profile before accessing the Council Awards Application System. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.

Prize

Awardees will be notified in September and will receive one year of complimentary AHA membership (Early Career Investigator level or Student/Trainee level) paid for by the BCVS Council, in addition to the travel funds to Scientific Sessions up to $750.

Awardees will be required to pay their registration for the meeting and should register no later than Sept. 18, to qualify for the discounted early registration rate.

Please note: The complimentary membership will not be processed in time to receive the AHA membership registration discount for Scientific Sessions if you do not already have an active membership. If you are not already a member, we suggest joining the AHA or renewing membership to qualify for the largest registration discounts. Your prize complimentary membership will extend any current membership you have by one year.


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