FGTB Young Investigator Award

Updated:Mar 18,2015

Co-sponsored by the Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology and
Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics

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

The Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology (FGTB) supports the careers of young functional genomics and translational biology investigators and encourages participation and enthusiasm in the council.  This award recognizes outstanding research in basic science, population science, genetic epidemiology, clinical genetics, and translational biology.

Finalists will compete at Scientific Sessions in November and a winner will be named at the annual council reception.

Award Information (click the sections below for more information)

  • Candidates must be pursuing research in basic, clinical or epidemiological genetics or translational biology.
  • Abstract must be submitted to one of the two categories for presentation at Scientific Sessions in which the Council of FGTB is the lead/primary sponsor.  Please view a list of early career investigator awards and their affiliated Scientific Sessions abstract categories.  Make sure that your abstract has been submitted in a category listed under the award for which you want to apply.
  • Candidates include Ph.D.s and/or M.D.s (or doctoral equivalent) who are in training or have completed training only 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 the FGTB must be current members of the FGTB Council.  If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, you should do so no later than June 15 for your membership to be processed in time for the application submission deadline.  Learn more about AHA membership.
  • An individual may not compete for similar young investigator awards from other American Heart Association scientific councils during the same year for the same scientific meeting. 
  • Candidates may apply for one of the FGTB travel awards offered for Scientific Sessions in the same year, though any finalists selected for this award will not be eligible to receive a travel grant in the same year.
  • Only one application per candidate will be considered.
  • The applicant must be the first and presenting author, although the manuscript may have co-authors.
  • Finalists are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years.
  • There are no citizenship requirements.
  • The work covered by the abstract must not have been published (manuscript or abstract) before the date and time of presentation at Scientific Sessions .  Abstract data may not be presented at a national or international meeting or world congress before the date and time of presentation at Scientific Sessions. The abstract must comply with the AHA Abstract Submission Guidelines as outlined by the Committee on Scientific Sessions Program.
  • Abstracts/manuscripts eligible for this award must be based upon projects that adhere to the American Heart Association’s policies governing all research awards, regardless of whether the project was funded by the American Heart Association.  These policies are available here and include (but are not limited to) research using human subjects or animals and stem cell research.
  • Notwithstanding the above, the AHA Officers have the discretion to determine eligibility for the award in extraordinary circumstances when there is an issue relating to AHA policy or positions or other potentially controversial issue relating to the positioning or perception of the AHA.


Get involved with the FGTB Early Career Committee!
FGTB is always looking for interested members to serve on any number of its council committees, including the Early Career Committee, which supports this award and several council travel stipends.  Please complete a Council Involvement Form if you're interested in volunteering; committee descriptions are also listed on the form.  Committee service is a great way to get involved with the AHA, network with your peers, and give back to your council!


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