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Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Abstract Travel Award

Sponsored by the Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology

Award Application Window: April 19–Aug. 20, 2017 at 5 p.m. (Central time)

The Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology (FGTB) is offering a travel grant to early career investigators and students who will be presenting research at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions. The award honors accomplished students and early career investigators while enabling them to get more involved in the AHA and in Scientific Sessions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be conducting genomics, proteomics and metabolomic research and translational science in the field of cardiovascular disease.
  • Applicants must have submitted an abstract to the AHA Scientific Sessions in accordance with the rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to one of the categories primarily sponsored by the Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology. Please view a list of Scientific Sessions abstract categories (PDF) their affiliated early career investigator awards. Make sure that your abstract has been submitted in a category listed under the award for which you want to apply. If your abstract is not submitted to and accepted in a FGTB-sponsored category, you are not eligible to apply for this specific grant. Abstract presenters will be notified in early August.
  • All applicants for the FGTB Abstract Travel Award must be members of the Council at the time of application. If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, you should do so no later than May 30 for your membership to be processed in time for the application submission deadline. Learn more about AHA membership.
  • Applicants must currently be medical students, trainees or Early Career Investigators. Trainees are PhDs and/or MDs (or a doctoral equivalent) who are in a residency or fellowship position. Early Career Investigators are PhDs and/or MDs who have completed training only within the last four years or 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.
  • 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 award.
  • Applicants must provide documentation of current status as a student, postdoctoral fellow, or faculty within four years of their appointment (faculty members with more than four 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 four years of their appointment.
  • Applicants may apply for a travel award 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 stipend, even if multiple abstracts are accepted to Scientific Sessions.
  • There are no citizenship requirements.

Award Consideration

The selection committee will consider the following criteria to determine the most deserving applicants:

  • Academic record of the applicant
  • Applicant’s perceived interest in biomedical research
  • Mentor’s assessment of the applicant’s commitment to biomedical research
  • Evidence of an excellent environment for research training for the applicant

The applicant’s abstract must have also been selected for presentation at Scientific Sessions.

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:

  • Curriculum vitae, including bibliography. 
  • A copy of the unpublished abstract that has been submitted for presentation to Scientific Sessions in accordance with AHA rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to Scientific Sessions. The candidate should be the first and presenting author on the abstract. Note your abstract control number received after submission to Scientific Sessions as it will be needed on your award application form.
  • Candidate's personal statement (no longer than one page, double-spaced), outlining the following:
    • Your research interests and long term career goals
    • How functional genomics and/or translational biology within the cardiovascular field fit into your long term goals
    • How receipt of the FGTB’s Abstract Travel Grant will enhance future long-term goals  
  • Original reference letter, preferably on electronic letterhead, signed by the candidate’s supervisor or an appropriate institutional officer which includes the following:
    • Confirmation of the applicant as a student, postdoctoral fellow, or faculty within four years of appointment
    • Candidate’s key accomplishments to date (or other forms of demonstrated excellence and recognition in the case of very junior trainees)
    • Assessment of relevant scientific attributes (intellectual curiosity, drive, critical thinking, problem-solving)
    • Potential for future success as a competitive investigator

Visit the Council Awards Application System to complete an application.

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 register 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 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 Aug. 16 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.

Prizes

Travel grants will be awarded to up to four honorees annually. The honorees will each receive up to $500 to help defray travel expenses to attend AHA Scientific Sessions to present their abstracts.

Reimbursement up to $500 will be made after eligible travel receipts (airfare, hotel, ground transportation) are submitted to the AHA after the meeting. Meals are not included as reimbursable expenses. Awardees will be required to pay their own registration costs for the meeting.

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