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BCVS Abstract Travel Grant

Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences

One of the main objectives of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS) is to support trainees and early career investigators. The Basic Cardiovascular Abstract Travel Grant recognizes meritorious work by early career investigators and provides a travel grant to attend the AHA’s Scientific Sessions to those whose abstracts place in the top 20 percent of their category.

Award Deadline

Award Application Window: April 17–Aug. 20, 2019 at 11 p.m. (Central Time)

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants for the BCVS Abstract Travel Grant must be members of the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Council at the time of application. If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, you should do so no later than two days before the application deadline date for your membership to be processed in time for the application submission deadline. Learn more about AHA membership.
  • Applicants must submit an abstract in accordance with the rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to the AHA Scientific Sessions to one of the categories primarily sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences. Please view a list of Scientific Sessions Council Awards and Travel Grants Available by Abstract Category and Community (PDF) associated with this travel grant. If your abstract is not accepted in a BCVS-sponsored category, you are not eligible to apply for this specific grant. Abstract presenters will be notified around late August.
  • Applicants must be Early Career Investigators or trainees. Trainees are students or PhDs and/or MDs who are in a residency or fellowship position. Early Career Investigators are PhDs and/or MDs who have completed training 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.
  • Winners are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years.
  • Only one candidate per mentor will be given an grant.
  • The abstract must be accepted to Scientific Sessions and receive a grade that places it in the top 20 percent of the abstracts in its category.
  • The applicant must be able to present the abstract at the AHA Scientific Sessions, either in an oral abstract session or a poster session. If the applicant is unable to present the abstract, he/she will be disqualified from the grant.
  • Applicants must provide documentation of current status as a student, postdoctoral fellow, or faculty within five years of their appointment (faculty members with more than five years of faculty appointment or non-trainee investigators in industry are ineligible). Such documentation must be an original letter, signed by the candidate’s supervisor or an appropriate institutional officer. The letter must indicate the applicant’s status as a student, postdoctoral fellow, or faculty within five years of their appointment.
  • 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.
  • There are no citizenship requirements.
  • BCVS Katz Prize or BCVS Marcus Award finalists will not be eligible to receive any BCVS Travel Grant awarded for the same meeting.

How to Apply/Required Documents

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted.

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

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

  • Previously unpublished abstract in accordance with AHA rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to Scientific Sessions. The abstract should first be submitted to Scientific Sessions at Scientific Sessions before applying for this award as your abstract control number will be needed for 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 student, postdoctoral fellow, or faculty within five years of appointment. No additional references are required.

Visit the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System 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 as soon as possible for the membership number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline.


The grants consist of $350 to help defray travel expenses to AHA Scientific Sessions, a one-year Student/Trainee or Early Career Investigator membership in the AHA, and a one-year online subscription to the official journal of the council, Circulation Research.