To qualify for Scientific Sessions Early Career Investigator Awards, you must meet the deadlines listed below.
- May 30, 2020 – Deadline to have an active AHA membership with the sponsoring Council.
- June 15, 2020, 6 p.m. CDT – Applications must be started and saved as a draft (Name and Email) in the Council Awards System to be eligible for the June 19, 2020 deadline extension.
- June 19, 2020, 6 p.m. CDT – Deadline to submit your science to Scientific Sessions 2020.
- June 19, 2020, 8 p.m. CDT – Extended deadline to apply for Early Career Investigator Awards.
The Elaine W. Raines Early Career investigator Award recognizes the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology early career investigator partners who are performing high quality research in the fields of arteriosclerosis, thrombosis and vascular biology. Candidates will be considered not only for the quality and relevance of their research being submitted to Scientific Sessions but also for their accomplishments, contributions to their fields and expertise as researchers in general.
Up to five finalists will present their research at Scientific Sessions and a winner will be named at the ATVB Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon.
- Abstract must be submitted to one of the categories for presentation at Scientific Sessions in which Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology is the lead/primary sponsor (PDF). Make sure that your abstract has been submitted in a category listed under the award for which you want to apply.
- Candidates include pre-doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellow (PhD, DSc, DVM, MD, etc.) actively conducting research in basic cardiovascular sciences. Candidates with an instructor or faculty appointment at the award application date are not eligible.
- All applicants for the award must be partners of the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. If you need to become an AHA Professional Partner, you should do so by May 30 for your membership to be processed in time for the application submission deadline. Learn more about AHA Professional Membership.
- An individual may not compete for similar early investigator awards from other American Heart Association scientific councils during the same year for the same conference.
- Only one manuscript per candidate will be considered.
- The applicant must be the first and presenting author, although the manuscript may have co-authors. The presenting author of an accepted abstract must be registered for Scientific Sessions. Additional information about registration and fees may be found on the Scientific Sessions website.
- Winners and Finalists are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years.
- There are no citizenship requirements.
- Abstract results and presentations (abstract or manuscript) are prohibited from release until AHA embargo date and time (5:00 am ET/4:00 am CT, Monday, November 9, 2020). You will be contacted by AHA communications if you are selected to participate in an AHA news event.
- The abstract must comply with the AHA Abstract Submission Guidelines (PDF) as outlined by the Committee on Scientific Sessions Programming.
- Abstracts/manuscripts eligible for this award must be based upon projects that adhere to the American Heart Association's policies governing all research awards, regardless of whether the project was funded by the American Heart Association. These policies include (but not limited to) research using human subjects or animals, and stem cell research.
- Notwithstanding the above, the AHA Officers have the discretion to determine eligibility for the award, in extraordinary circumstances when there is an issue relating to the AHA policy or positions or other potentially controversial issue relating to the positioning or perception of the AHA.
Panels of distinguished researchers, scientists, clinicians and academicians representing the breadth of cardiovascular disease and stroke will judge applications. Applications will be judged on the following:
- Scientific merit of the abstract
- Quality and originality of the manuscript
- Letter from the candidate's sponsor and any other reference letters
- Candidate's curriculum vitae
- Oral abstract presentation at Scientific Sessions (finalists only). The finalist must be the presenter of his/her submission and no alternates or proxy will be allowed.
How to Apply/Required Documents
Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System(link opens in new window) is required. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted.
Your application file should contain the following documents in PDF format:
- AHA abstract in accordance with AHA rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to Scientific Sessions. Please note that this abstract must be submitted through the AHA's Scientific Sessions website before the abstract submission deadline. Visit Scientific Sessions to submit your abstract before submission of this award application. Your abstract control number will be needed on the award application form.
- An unpublished manuscript based on independent research.
- Curriculum vitae and bibliography.
- A letter detailing how much of the design and research work was done by the candidate and by any co-investigators. The candidate's immediate supervisor, division head, department chairman, or institute director must write this statement. In case of multi-authored manuscripts, the supervisor should also indicate that among all the co-authors the applicant is the most appropriate candidate for the award and offer rationale for this opinion. Supportive statements of the candidate and his or her relevant qualifications as a researcher are also encouraged.
Though not required, up to two additional letters of support or reference from individuals familiar with the applicant, his or her background, or his or her research may be submitted. Inclusion of additional support letters does not guarantee higher consideration of an application, but can be beneficial.
Visit the Council Awards Application System(link opens in new window) to complete an application.
A username and password previously set up through online registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. AHA Professional Partners 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 Partner Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file. We suggest that new partners join the AHA no later than May 30 for the membership number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline.
Finalists for the Early Career Investigator Award competitions associated with Scientific Sessions will be announced in August. The top candidates for the Elaine W. Raines Early Career Investigator Award will present their research results at the Scientific Sessions.
Each finalist will also receive the following:
- Award Plaque
- The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium and $500 Travel Stipend; up to four remaining finalists will each receive a $500 honorarium.
- Recognition at the ATVB Council Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon.
Acceptance for the competition does not guarantee publication in any other American Heart Association sponsored journal.
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