BCVS Abstract Travel Award

Updated:Jun 12,2015

Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences

Award Deadline: August 6, 2015

One of the main objectives of the BCVS Council is to support trainees and early career investigators.   The Basic Cardiovascular Abstract Travel Award 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 Information (click the sections below for more information)

  • All applicants for the BCVS Abstract Travel Award 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 the listing of abstract categories associated with this travel award.  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 Ph.D.s and/or M.D.s who are in a residency or fellowship position.  Early Career Investigators are Ph.D.s and/or M.D.s who 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. 
  • Winners are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years. 
  • Only one candidate per mentor will be given an award.
  • 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 award.
  • 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 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.
  • BCVS Katz Prize or BCVS Marcus Award finalists will not be eligible to receive any BCVS Travel Grant awarded for the same meeting.


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