Early Career Council Awards

Early Career Investigator Awards recognize promising and outstanding investigators in the early stages of their careers, stimulate continued interest in basic or clinical research, and help early career investigators participate in AHA meetings.

Early career investigators are Ph.D.s and/or M.D.s who are still in training (i.e., residency, fellowship, etc.) or have completed training within the last four years; or Ph.D.s and/or M.D.s who are still within in the first four years after their first faculty appointment as of the award application date.

All applicants and applicant sponsors for Early Career Investigator Awards sponsored by a scientific council must be members of the Sponsoring Council of the AHA/ASA.  Learn more about AHA membership.

  • An individual may not compete for similar Early Career Investigator awards from other American Heart Association scientific councils that will be presented at the same meeting.
  • Previous winners and finalists for these awards are not eligible to re-enter the same competition in subsequent years. However, applicants may apply for a different award program in which they haven't previously been a winner or finalist.
  • Only one manuscript and abstract per candidate will be considered for awards. The manuscript may have co-authors, but the applicant must be the first and presenting author.
  • There are no citizenship requirements for these awards.
  • Women and under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Evaluation Criteria

Panels of distinguished researchers, scientists, nurses, clinicians and academicians representing the breadth of cardiovascular disease and stroke will judge applications.  Awards that do not involve abstracts may use different evaluation criteria. Please consult the specific award Web page for detailed evaluation criteria.

How to Apply

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

Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB)

Awards associated with the ATVB | PVD 2015 Scientific Sessions, May 7-9, 2015, San Francisco, Calif. 

Application for these awards may be made by submitting an abstract for presentation at ATVB 2015 by the Jan. 23, 2015 deadline. For detailed instructions, eligibility requirements and award criteria, click on the award below:

Award associated with Scientific Sessions 2015, Orlando, Fla.

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS)

Awards associated with the BCVS 2015 Scientific Sessions, July 13-16, 2015, New Orleans, La.

Award associated with Scientific Sessions 2015, Orlando, Fla.

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR)

Award associated with Scientific Sessions 2015, Orlando, Fla.

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young (CVDY)

Award associated with Scientific Sessions 2015, Orlando, Fla.

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN)

Award associated with Scientific Sessions 2015, Orlando, Fla.

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention (CVRI)

Award associated with Scientific Sessions 2015, Orlando, Fla.

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia (CVSA)

Award associated with Scientific Sessions 2015, Orlando, Fla.

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLCD)

Award associated with Scientific Sessions 2015, Orlando, Fla.

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI)

Award associated with the EPI | Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions, March 3-6, 2015, Baltimore, Md.

Award associated with Scientific Sessions 2015, Orlando, Fla.

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology (FGTB)

Awards associated with Scientific Sessions 2015, Orlando, Fla.

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

Council on Hypertension

Early Career awards associated with the High Blood Pressure Research Conference on Sept. 16-19, 2015, Washington, DC

Council on Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health (Lifestyle)

Award associated with Scientific Sessions 2015, Orlando, Fla.

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

Awards associated with the EPI | Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions, March 3-6, 2015, Baltimore, Md.

Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)

Awards associated with the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2015 Scientific Sessions, May 7-9, 2015, San Francisco, Calif.

Award associated with Scientific Sessions 2015, Orlando, Fla.

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (QCOR)

Awards associated with the QCOR 2015 Scientific Sessions, April 29 - May 1, 2015  Baltimore, Md.

Stroke Council

Early career awards associated with the International Stroke Conference 2015, Feb. 11-13, 2015, Nashville, Tenn.

You must submit an abstract to the International Stroke Conference to be eligible for these awards. Abstract Submission Information (new window)

Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2015, 5 p.m. CDT.


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