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Travel Grants to AHA Scientific Sessions

AHA Scientific Council Travel Grants recognize promising and outstanding investigators in the early stages of their careers and provide travel assistance for trainees and early career investigators to participate in AHA scientific meetings.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All recipients of travel grants sponsored by an AHA scientific council must be members of the AHA/ASA at the time of application. Learn more about AHA Professional Membership.
  • Winners are not eligible to receive a funding for the same grant in subsequent years.
  • Each recipient of AHA council-sponsored awards, regardless of grant category, is eligible to receive only one council-sponsored award each year per AHA scientific meeting. (For example, an Early Career Investigator Award finalist will not be eligible to receive a travel grant for the same meeting.)

The following additional criteria apply to the ATVB Travel Grants for Young Investigators, the BCVS Abstract Travel Grants, the 3CPR Junior Investigator Travel Grants, the CVSN Early Career Investigator Travel Grants, the CVRI Early Career Investigator Travel Grants and the GPM Abstract Travel Grants:

  • There are no citizenship requirements.
  • Eligible recipients must be undergraduates, pre-doctoral students, early career investigators, or trainees. (Please see each specific award page for exact criteria.) Early career investigators are PhDs and/or MDs still in training (i.e., residency, fellowship, etc.) or have completed training within the last four years; or PhDs and/or MDs still within in the first four years after their first faculty appointment, as of the award application date.
  • Eligible recipients must have submitted an abstract to the AHA Scientific Sessions by the abstract submission deadline each year and before and travel grant application can be completed. The abstract must comply with the Abstract Submission Guidelines as outlined by the Committee on Scientific Sessions Program. Please visit Scientific Sessions to submit an abstract before submitting a travel grant application.
  • The abstract must be accepted and presented by the applicant at the AHA Scientific Sessions.
  • Applicants may only be considered for a council's travel grant if the abstract is submitted to a category primarily sponsored by that council. Please view a list of Scientific Sessions abstract categories (PDF), their sponsoring councils and affiliated travel grants.
  • An abstract presenter/first author is eligible to receive only one travel grant, even if multiple abstracts are accepted to Scientific Sessions.

Evaluation Criteria

Selection of the awardees for travel grants can be based on scientific excellence (score of an abstract submitted to Scientific Sessions, curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation, or a combination of these.


AHA Travel Grants provide travel funding to Scientific Sessions. Please visit the pages below to learn more about specific prize information.

How to Apply

All applicants for awards associated with the AHA Scientific Sessions in November must submit applications through the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System.

Candidates may apply for more than one travel grant; however, an applicant is eligible to receive only one travel grant.

A username and password set up through online registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. If you have not created an online profile yet, you may do so as you enter the Application System by clicking Sign Up next to the Log In button on the sign-in page. 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 these grant. 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 four days before the application deadline for the membership number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline.

Please see the individual award information pages below for specific documents required when submitting an application file.

List of Travel Grants by Council

Award Application Window: April 18–Aug. 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (Central time)

Award Application Window: April 18–Aug. 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (Central time)

Award Application Window: April 18–Aug. 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (Central time)

Award Application Window: April 18–Aug. 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (Central time)