Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Early Career Research Travel Grants

Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN)

Scientific Sessions 2024 Abstract Travel Grants will open on May 1, 2024.

To qualify for Scientific Sessions 2024 travel grants requiring abstract submission, you must meet the following deadlines:

  • June 6, 2024, 6 p.m. CDT – Deadline to submit your science to Scientific Sessions 2024.
  • August 16, 2024 – Deadline to have an active AHA membership with the sponsoring council.
  • August 23, 2024, 6 p.m. CDT – Deadline to submit your travel grant application for Scientific Sessions 2024.

The Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) Early Career Research Travel Grants encourage and support the efforts of early career investigators and encourage young investigators and under-represented minorities to participate in Council and AHA activities. These grants provide travel funding to the AHA’s Scientific Sessions for early career investigators whose abstracts have been selected for presentation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants for travel grants must be members of the CVSN Council at the time of application. If you need to become an AHA Professional Member, you should do so no later than one week prior to the award submission deadline. Learn more about AHA Professional Membership.
  • Abstract must be submitted to the AHA Scientific Sessions in one of the CVSN Council’s primary abstract categories in accordance with the AHA's rules and regulations for submitting abstracts. If your abstract is not accepted in a CVSN-sponsored category, you are not eligible to apply for this specific grant. View a list of Council Awards and Travel Grants Available by Abstract Category and Community (PDF).
  • Abstract must be accepted for oral or poster presentation at the AHA Scientific Sessions and the applicant must be the first and presenting author.
  • Applicants may apply for a travel grant multiple times with different abstracts as long as the applicant is the presenting author on each abstract. However, an applicant is eligible to receive only one travel grant, even if multiple abstracts are accepted to Scientific Sessions.
  • Each applicant for AHA council-sponsored awards, regardless of award category, is eligible to receive only one council-sponsored grant per AHA meeting per year. (For example, an Early Career Investigator Award finalist will not be eligible to receive a travel grant for the same conference.)
  • Winners are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be judged based on the scientific ranking of the candidate’s abstract that has been accepted to Scientific Sessions in an oral or poster session. Up to five of the highest-scoring abstracts among those who have applied for the travel grant will win a grant.

Scientific Sessions abstract acceptance notifications will be sent by the AHA in mid-August, so applicants might opt to apply for this grant after receiving a presenter notification, as abstract acceptance is mandatory to be considered for a travel grant.

How to Apply/Required Documents 

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

  • Candidate Curriculum Vitae, including Bibliography
  • Previously unpublished abstract in accordance with AHA rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to Scientific Sessions. The abstract should be submitted to Scientific Sessions before applying for this grant as your abstract control number will be needed on the application form.
  • Original letter on electronic letterhead, signed by the candidate’s supervisor or an appropriate institutional officer, simply indicating the applicant’s status as a registered nurse. No additional references are required.

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 the 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.
  4. Once logged in, you may apply for the Scientific Sessions Abstract Travel Grants and select the CVSN Early Career Investigator Travel Grants from the award drop down list.

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


Up to Six awards from the pool of eligible applicants will be presented annually.

Winners will each receive a travel grant up to $660 for use in attending Scientific Sessions to present their research. Eligible reimbursable expenses include hotel, ground transportation, and airfare to attend Scientific Sessions. Conference registration and meals are not covered.


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