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.
The Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young (Young Hearts) Early Investigator Award recognizes early career investigators who are performing high quality research in the field of pediatric cardiovascular disease. The Young Hearts Council values developing lasting relationships with clinician scientists who will influence the field and support the Council for years to come. Early career investigators who are submitting research for presentation at the AHA Scientific Sessions and have an unpublished manuscript ready are urged to apply.
Up to five Young Hearts Early Career Investigator Award finalists will be honored and a winner will be named at the annual competition.
- 2020 - Melanie R. F. Gropler
- 2019 - Jill Savla
- 2018 - Andrew Landstrom
- 2017 - Thomas Roston
- Abstract must be submitted to one of the categories for presentation at Scientific Sessions in which the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young 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 PhDs and/or MDs 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 for the award must be members of the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young. 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. Your member account number is required on the award application. Learn more about becoming an AHA Professional Member.
- 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 meeting.
- 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 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.
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:
- 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 Document
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 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 required on your application form.
- 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.
- Curriculum vitae and bibliography.
- 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 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 & Fellowships 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. A link is provided on the system home page to aid you if you have forgotten your username and/or password. If you do not have a username or password with us yet (an online profile), please set up a Professional Heart Daily account prior to accessing the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System. 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 Member account 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 no later than one week prior to the application submission deadline for the membership 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. Up to five candidates for the Young Hearts Early Career Investigator Award will present their research results at Scientific Sessions.
Each finalist will also receive the following:
- Each finalist will each receive a plaque and a $500 honorarium
- The winner will also receive an additional $500 to cover travel expenses to attend Scientific Sessions
- Each finalist will also receive a complimentary council dinner ticket, along with recognition at the council dinner
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. 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.