CVRI Minority Travel Stipends

Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention

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

The American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention (CVRI) is offering a travel grant to minority early career investigators and students to attend AHA Scientific Sessions. The travel grant will cover transportation and hotel costs up to $500 related to attending the conference. (Conference registration is not included.) Grants will be issued after the conference upon submission of travel receipts to the AHA. The award will serve to honor accomplished minority students and investigators while enabling them to get more involved in the AHA and in Scientific Sessions. This award promotes CVRI Council membership, the benefits of involvement in the AHA, and supports the AHA’s encouragement of minority involvement in AHA activities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 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 four years of the faculty appointment.
  • The applicant must be a member of the CVRI Council at the time of the award.
  • All applicants for travel grants must be members of the AHA/ASA at any level. If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, you should do so no later than Aug. 2 due to the time needed to process the membership number required on your award application form. Learn more about AHA membership.
  • Applicant must be active in cardiovascular radiology and/or intervention research and still be in training as an undergraduate or pre-doctoral student; a fellow who has completed training only within the last four years; or be a Ph.D./M.D. in the first four years after the first faculty appointment.
  • Abstract must be submitted to the AHA Scientific Sessions in one of the CVRI Council’s primary abstract categories in accordance with the AHA's rules and regulations for submitting abstracts. If your abstract is not accepted in a CVRI-sponsored category, you are not eligible to apply for this specific grant.
  • Abstract must be accepted for oral or poster presentation at the AHA Scientific Sessions and the applicant must be the first and presenting author.
  • Applicants may apply for a travel stipend multiple times with different abstracts as long as the applicant is the presenting author on each abstract. However, an applicant is eligible to receive only one travel stipend, even if multiple abstracts are accepted to Scientific Sessions.
  • Winners are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years.
  • Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Evaluation Criteria

Reviewers will consider the following criteria to determine the most deserving applicants:

  • Academic record of the applicant
  • Applicant’s perceived interest in biomedical research
  • Mentor’s assessment of the applicant’s commitment to biomedical research
  • Evidence of an excellent environment for research training for the applicant

Reviewers will score each application on a scale from one to five, with one being the highest.  Reviewers’ scores will be averaged, and the highest-scoring applications will be selected to receive grants, based on the amount of funding available.

Candidates will be judged based on the scientific ranking (score) of the candidate's abstract. The first authors of the five highest-scoring abstracts from the pool of applicants will be selected as awardees.

How to Apply/Required Documents

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

Eligible applicants must submit the following to the AHA Awards Manager:

  • 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

Applications should be submitted through the AHA’s online application system by the application deadline date.

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

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

  • Previously unpublished abstract in accordance with AHA rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to Scientific Sessions. The abstract should first be submitted to Scientific Sessions before applying for this award as the abstract control number will be needed for the award application form.
  • Original letter on electronic letterhead, signed by the candidate’s supervisor or an appropriate institutional officer, simply indicating the applicant’s status as a student, postdoctoral fellow, or faculty within four years of appointment.  No additional reference statements are required.

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.

AHA Professional Membership is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait on your AHA membership number to arrive from AHA Member Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file. We suggest that new members join the AHA no later than August 2 for the membership number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline.

Prizes

Ten (10) Travel grants will be awarded to ten honorees annually. The honorees will receive up to $500 to help defray travel expenses to AHA Scientific Sessions.

Reimbursement up to $500 will be made after eligible travel receipts (airfare, hotel, ground transportation) are submitted to the AHA after the meeting.  Awardees will be required to pay their own registration costs for the meeting.


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