Council Awards and Lectures

These awards recognize the achievements of researchers, scientists, clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals throughout their careers. They also provide opportunities for financial rewards, special presentations and funding to attend Scientific Sessions and other AHA scientific meetings.

Awards applicants must be members of the AHA sponsoring scientific council at the time of application. If you need to become an AHA Professional Member, you should do so one week prior to the application submission deadline for your member account to be processed in time for the application submission deadline. Learn more about AHA Professional Membership.

Early Career Awards

Early Career Investigator Awards recognize promising and outstanding investigators and clinicians in the early stages of their careers and stimulate continued interest in basic, clinical, translational or population cardiovascular research. Early career investigators are PhDs and/or MDs who are still in training or have completed training within the last four years; or PhDs and/or MDs who are still within in the first four years after their first faculty appointment as of the award application date.

Mid-Career Achievement Awards

These awards recognize a mid-career investigator active in basic, clinical, translational or population cardiovascular research for specific career endeavors and achievements who made a significant impact on the field of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The awards also may honor those who have helped further the mission of the scientific councils and the AHA. Candidates include PhDs and or MDs who are still within 5-20 years after their first faculty appointment of the award application date.

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize contributions to the fields of cardiovascular disease and stroke over a sustained period. Recipients of these awards exemplify excellence and are notable representatives of the best in their fields.

Named Lectures

Council Named Lectures feature presentations from some of today’s foremost clinicians and researchers as well as those with a lifetime of contributions to the field of cardiovascular disease.

Travel Grants

These grants help defray travel costs for early career investigators, clinicians and students to participate in the AHA Scientific Sessions and specialty meetings.

Student Scholarships

The student scholarship programs, administered under qualified supervision, provide an important stimulus to interest medical and graduate students conducting research projects related to cardiovascular diseases, stroke and basic scientific research.

International Travel Grants

These grants provide funds for early career investigators (including students and trainees) to participate in AHA Scientific Sessions. Applicants must be early career investigators from low to middle income countries (as defined by the World Bank) who have an accepted abstract in Scientific Sessions.

Applications for this award are submitted after your abstract has been accepted. Download the application form (PDF).