FGTB Minority Travel Grant

Updated:Mar 18,2015

Sponsored by the Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through Aug. 17, 2015   5:00 pm (Central) - Deadline Extended

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

Award Information (click each section below for more information)

  • 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 early career investigator awards and their affiliated Scientific Sessions abstract categories.  If your abstract is not submitted to and accepted in a FGTB-sponsored category, you are not eligible to apply for this specific grant.
  • All applicants for the FGTB Minority Travel Grant 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 Aug. 16 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 Ph.D.s and/or M.D.s (or doctoral equivalent) who are in a residency or fellowship position.  Early Career Investigators are Ph.D.s and/or M.D.s 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. 
  • The candidate must be a minority by the standard NIH definition: He or she belongs to a minority group underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral science careers, based on their minority group's representation in the total population. This includes American Indians (including Alaskan Natives, Eskimos and Aleutians), Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, African Americans and *Hispanics.  Other candidates considered a minority are those from medically underserved populations with low socio-economic status and those living in rural areas to include whites.   *Hispanic countries include the following: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba,   Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela
  • 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 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.

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 other council awards.  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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