Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Prize for Early Career Investigators

Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences

To qualify for this Scientific Sessions 2024 award, you must meet the following deadlines:

  • June 10, 2024, 7 p.m. (EDT) – Deadline to submit your science to Scientific Sessions 2024.
  • June 13, 2024, 7 p.m. (EDT) – Deadline to apply for this award in the Council Awards Application System.

The Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Prize for Early Career Investigators encourages new investigators to continue research careers in basic cardiovascular science. This award historically has recognized research involving biochemical, cellular, molecular and genetic sciences, and now includes whole animal studies, especially those related to the creation of new genetic lines.

Award Recipients

Awardees of Prize-Winning Presentations
Year Awardee
2023 Oscar E. Reyes Gaido
An Improved Reporter Identifies Ruxolitinib As A Potent And Cardioprotective CaMKII Inhibitor
2022 Inna Rabinovich-Nikitin, PhD
Shift Work Disrupts Circadian Rhythm and Mitochondrial Quality Control in the Heart
2021 Paul Cheng, MD, PhD
ZEB2 Shapes the Epigenetic Landscape of Atherosclerosis and Modulates the Risk of Myocardial Infarction
2020 Glynnis A. Garry, MD
The histone reader PHF7 cooperates with the SWI/SNF complex at cardiac super enhancers to promote direct cardiac reprogramming
2019 Klitos Konstantinidis, MD
MICAL1 Constrains Cardiac Stress Responses And Protects Against Disease By Oxidizing CaMKII
2018 Matthew J. Brody, PhD
Palmitoylation-Dependent Regulation of RhoGTPase Signaling and Cardiac Hypertrophy
2017 Michinari Nakamura, MD
Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3a Regulates Fatty Acid Metabolism through PPARa Phosphorylation that Underlies Lipotoxic Cardiomyopathy
2016 Yen-Sing Ang, PhD
2015 Federica Accornero, PhD
Bex1 is a RNA-­?dependent mediator of cardiac inflammation and compensation
2014 Jennifer Davis, BS, MA, PhD
MBNL1 Directly Regulates the Alternative Splicing of mRNAs that Promote Myofibroblast Differentiation
2013 Shinichi Oka, BS, MS, PhD
Dimer Conversion of PPARalpha/RXR to PPARalpha/Sirt1 Suppresses Fatty Acid Oxidation Genes
2012 Hee Cheol Cho, PhD
Transcription Factor - Driven Conversion of Quiescent Cardiomyocytes to Pacemaker Cells
2011 Li Qian, PhD
In Vivo Reprogramming of Murine Cardiac Fibroblasts into Induced Cardiomyocytes
2010 Arjun Deb, MD
Wnt1 Mediated Dynamic Injury Response Activates the Epicardium and is Critical for Cardiac Repair
2009 Michael Potente, MD
SIRT1 Limits Endothelial Notch Signaling During Blood Vessel Growth Through NICD Deacetylation
2008 Raffaella Lombardi, M.D., Ph.D.
Genetic Fate Mapping Identifies Second Heart Field Progenitor Cells as a Source of Adipocytes
2007 Tetsuro Ago, M.D., Ph.D.
Redox-meditation regulation of HDAC4, a class 11 HDAC, by Thioredoxin1 through interaction with DnaJb5, a heat shock protein 40

Eligibility Criteria

  • Abstract must be submitted to one of the categories for presentation at Scientific Sessions in which the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences is the lead/primary sponsor. View a list of Council Awards and Travel Grants Available by Abstract Category and Community (PDF). Make sure that your abstract has been submitted in a category listed under the award for which you want to apply.
  • Applicant must be active in research and within 10 years of completion of terminal degree or highest certificate (e.g., MSc, PhD), or within 10 years of completing medical fellowship or residency, as of the award application date. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, instructors, and research associates are welcome to apply.
  • All applicants and applicant sponsors for the award must be members of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences. If you need to become an AHA Professional Member you should do so by one week prior to the application submission deadline for your member account to be processed in time for the application submission deadline. Learn more about 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 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.
  • Previous winners and finalists are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years. However, applicants may apply for a different award program in which they haven't previously been a winner or finalist
  • 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.
  • Applicants must adhere to the AHA Embargo Policy.
  • The work covered by the abstract must not have been 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 General Abstracts Submission Guidelines (PDF) 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, 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 is required. Hard copies of any part of the nomination cannot be accepted.

  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 before submission of this award application, as your abstract control number will be needed on the award application form.
  2. An unpublished manuscript or manuscript in preparation based on independent research to be presented in the submitted abstract. (35-page limitation, including references, tables, and figures.) The applicant must be the first and presenting author, although the manuscript may have co-authors.  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. 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 (PHD) 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.

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

  1. Click the link for the Council Awards Application System.
  2. Sign in with your Professional Heart Daily username and password.
  3. Follow these instructions to set up your profile in ProposalCentral. Setting up your ProposalCentral profile will only need to be done the first time you login to apply for an American Heart Association Council Awards. Please note that the grant maker named American Heart Association is for AHA Research Awards and is a separate log in.

For more detailed information on ProposalCentral, also included are additional materials on specific ProposalCentral functionality.


Finalists for the early career investigator award competitions will be announced in August and will present their research results at Scientific Sessions in November. Each finalist must present their abstract in-person at Scientific Sessions. Virtual presentations or an alternate (proxy) presenter will not be permitted and will result in disqualification from the award.

  • Each finalist will receive one complimentary ticket to and recognition at the council dinner where they will be presented with an engraved award plaque. The winner will be announced at the dinner.
  • The winner will receive a $1,500 honorarium; up to four remaining finalists will each receive a $500 honorarium.


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