GPM Early Career Investigator Award

Co-sponsored by the Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine and Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine

Scientific Sessions 2021 awardees must attend the conference in person to receive travel funds related to the award.

Award applications for Scientific Sessions are now closed and will reopen in April 2022. Please visit Council Awards for opportunities to apply for active awards. Awards applicants must be AHA Professional Members and must be affiliated with the AHA sponsoring scientific council at the time of application.

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The Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine (GPM) supports the careers of early career genomic and precision medicine investigators and encourages participation and enthusiasm in the council. This award recognizes outstanding research in basic science, population science, genetic epidemiology, clinical genetics, and translational biology.

Finalists will compete at Scientific Sessions in November and a winner will be announced at the competition.

2020 Winner

  • 2020 - Malene E. Lindholm
  • 2019 - Amelia Hall
  • 2018 - Krishna G. Aragam
  • 2017 - Jennie Lin

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must be pursuing research in basic, clinical or epidemiological genetics or translational biology.
  • Abstract must be submitted to one of the two categories for presentation at Scientific Sessions in which the Council of GPM is the lead/primary sponsor. Please view a list (PDF) of Scientific Sessions abstract categories and their affiliated early career investigator awards. Make sure that your abstract has been submitted in a category listed under the award for which you want to apply.
  • Candidates include PhDs and/or MDs (or doctoral equivalent) who are in training or have completed training only 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.
  • All applicants and applicant sponsors for the GPM must be current members of the GPM Council. If you need to become an AHA Professional Member, you should do so no later than one week prior to the application submission deadline for your member account to be processed in time for the application submission deadline. Learn more AHA Professional Membership.
  • An individual may not compete for similar early career investigator awards from other American Heart Association scientific councils during the same year for the same scientific meeting.
  • Candidates may apply for one of the GPM travel awards offered for Scientific Sessions in the same year, though any finalists selected for this award will not be eligible to receive a travel grant in the same year.
  • Only one application 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 by visiting Scientific Sessions.
  • Winner 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 the AHA embargo date and time (5 a.m. ET/4 a.m. CT, Monday, November 8, 2021). You will be contacted by AHA communications if you are selected to participate in an AHA news event.
  • Abstract data may not be presented at a national or international meeting or world congress before the date and time of presentation at Scientific Sessions.
  • The abstract must comply with the AHA Abstract Submission Guidelines as outlined by the Committee on Scientific Sessions Program.
  • 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 are 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 AHA policy or positions or other potentially controversial issue relating to the positioning or perception of the AHA.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be judged on the:

  • 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
  • Candidate's personal statement
  • 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 is required. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted.

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

  1. AHA abstract in accordance with AHA rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to Scientific Sessions. Please note that this abstract must first be submitted through the AHA's Scientific Sessions website before the abstract submission deadline. Visit Scientific Sessions to submit your abstract by the abstract deadline and before submission of this award application. Your abstract control number will be needed on the award application form.
  2. An unpublished manuscript based on independent research. The work covered by the submitted abstract must not have been presented at a national or international meeting before presentation at the AHA scientific event. If so, the abstract must be withdrawn.
  3. Curriculum vitae and bibliography.
  4. Applicant’s personal statement (no longer than one page, double-spaced), outlining the following:
    • Your research interests and long term career goals
    • How genomic and precision medicine within the cardiovascular field fit into your long term goals
    • How receipt of the GPM’s Young Investigator Award will enhance future long-term goals
  5. A reference 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 required.

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 to complete an application.

A username and password set up through online registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. If you have not created an online profile yet, you may register as you enter the Application System by clicking "Sign Up" next to the Log In button on the sign-in page. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA member identification numbers.

An active AHA Professional Membership is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait on your AHA member 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 one week prior to the application submission deadline for the member number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline. The membership number will be required on the award application form.


Finalists for the Early Career Investigator Awards competitions associated with Scientific Sessions will be announced in August. The top candidates for the GPM Early Career Investigator Award will present their research results in a special oral abstract session at Scientific Sessions.

Each finalist will also receive:

  • The first-prize winner will receive a plaque and $1,500; the other finalists will each receive a plaque and $500.
  • Complimentary GPM Reception ticket, along with recognition at the council reception.

Each finalist will be designated in the Scientific Sessions online supplement to Circulation. Acceptance for the competition does not guarantee publication in any other American Heart Association sponsored journal. However, upon acceptance of the manuscript to Scientific Sessions and upon request of the submitter, the manuscript will receive fast track review at Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine. Those deemed meritorious will potentially be published in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine immediately after American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Abstracts associated with a published manuscript can be presented an AHA scientific event if the manuscript was published after the time the abstract was submitted to the event, however the abstract will not be published as a part of the journal publication.


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