Martha N Hill New Investigator Award

Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing and Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

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. CDTApplications 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 Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing is committed to professional growth of new investigators. The Martha N. Hill Early Career Investigator Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of these investigators in understanding, preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases. Basic and clinical research will be recognized.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must be doctorally-prepared registered nurses (must be an RN with a PhD). The PhD must have been received no more than five years prior to award application.
  • All applicants for the Martha Hill Early Career Investigator Award must be active members of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing at the time of award submission. The finalists must be available to attend the Cardiovascular Nursing Council Dinner at Scientific Sessions to accept the award. 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(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window).
  • Abstract must be submitted to one of the categories for presentation at the AHA's Scientific Sessions in which the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing 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. View a list of Scientific Sessions Council Awards and Travel Grants Available by Abstract Category and Community (PDF).
  • An individual may not compete for similar early career investigator awards from the other American Heart Association scientific councils during the same scientific meeting.
  • Only one application and 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 case may not be presented at a national or international meeting or world congress before the date and time of presentation at Scientific Sessions.
  • The case 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

Panels of distinguished researchers, scientists, nurses, 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
  • 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)(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:

  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. 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.
  2. An unpublished manuscript based on independent research. (35-page limitation, including references, tables, and figures.) Full-length dissertations or documents that appear to be in a dissertation format will not be accepted.
  3. Curriculum vitae, including bibliography.
  4. Letter from the candidate's immediate supervisor, division head, department chairman, or institute director detailing how much of the design and research work was done by the candidate and by any co-investigators. This letter may also address the candidate's strengths and research experience. 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.

Though not required, up to two additional letters of support or reference from individuals familiar with the applicant's background or research may be submitted. Including additional support letters does not guarantee higher consideration of an application but it can be beneficial.

Visit the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window) 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(link opens in new window) 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 Hill Award will present their research results at Scientific Sessions. Each finalist will also receive the following:

  • Cash award: The first-prize winner will receive a plaque and $1,000; two additional finalists will each receive a plaque and $500.
  • Complimentary council dinner ticket, along with recognition at the council dinner.

Each finalist will be designated in the Scientific Sessions Program and the Scientific Sessions online supplement to Circulation. Acceptance for the competition does not guarantee publication in any other American Heart Association-sponsored journal.


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