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 Coffman Award recognizes the research and background of an outstanding Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) student/trainee member or early career investigator member and encourages participation in AHA Scientific Sessions. The winner will be honored at the PVD Council Dinner at Scientific Sessions in November.
This award is named in memory of Dr. Jay D. Coffman, former chief of the Peripheral Vascular Section at Boston University School of Medicine and a pioneer in the field of peripheral vascular medicine. Dr. Coffman's research accomplishments focused on the physiology and pathophysiology of peripheral blood flow and his career exemplified the ideal of translating research findings directly to the care of patients. He fostered understanding atherosclerosis as a systemic disease and nurtured the discipline of vascular medicine as a clinical subspecialty. Dr. Coffman was an influential medical investigator, an outstanding clinician, and a treasured educator and mentor.
- Candidate must be actively involved in research related to peripheral vascular disease.
- Abstract must be submitted to one of the categories listed under the award you would like to apply for at Scientific Sessions in which the Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease is the lead/primary sponsor. Make sure that your abstract has been submitted in a category listed under the award for which you want to apply. Please view a list of Scientific Sessions Council Awards and Travel Grants Available by Abstract Category and Community (PDF) and their affiliated early career investigator awards.
- Candidates include medical students, trainees/fellows, and PhDs and/or MDs in active research who 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 primary applicant references/sponsors for the award must be members of the Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease. If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, 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.
- Only one application per candidate will be considered.
- An individual may not compete for similar early career investigator awards from the other American Heart Association Scientific Councils during the same scientific meeting.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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:
- 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 before submission of this award application as your abstract control number will be needed for the award application.
- 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 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 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 by May 30 for the membership number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline.
Finalists for the Early Career Investigator Awards competitions associated with Scientific Sessions will be announced in August. The top candidates for the Coffman Award will present their research results at Scientific Sessions.
The winner will receive a plaque and $1,000. All finalists will receive a plaque and complimentary council dinner ticket, along with recognition at the council dinner.