Council on Hypertension

IASH/COH New Investigator Travel Award for Central and South American Trainees

Sponsored by the AHA Council on Hypertension and the Inter-American Society for Hypertension

The Council on Hypertension supports the research efforts of its early career investigators engaged in basic or clinical research and rewards them by providing travel assistance for select presenters at its annual conference. This award encourages early career/students from Central and South American countries who otherwise may be unable to attend due to limited funds The award will be presented to up to 10 qualified new investigators selected to present abstracts at Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants for travel grants sponsored by a scientific council must be members of the AHA/ASA at any level at the time of application. If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, you should do so before submitting your abstract and award application materials. Join or renew today!
  • Applicants may be graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, residents or have a faculty rank no higher than instructor at the time of application. Faculty at assistant professor level or higher are not eligible. Applicants must currently be living/studying in a Central or South American country.
  • During the abstract submission process, submit an abstract to the meeting. Applicants must submit the required award documentation and select the award for which they are applying.
  • The applicant must be the first/primary author of the abstract.
  • Abstracts 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.
  • Winners are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years.
  • Winners may only win one type of travel grant or award per conference during the same year.
  • There are no citizenship restrictions for this award.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be judged primarily based on the scientific ranking of the candidate’s abstract. Only abstracts selected for presentation at the Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions will be eligible for consideration for this travel grant.

How to Apply/Required Documents

Submit a scientific abstract to the Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions as well as all supporting award documentation via the conference's abstract submission site by the deadline. The deadline for abstract submissions is June 8, 2016.

The following items must be submitted for consideration for this travel grant:
  • AHA abstract in accordance with AHA rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to the Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Letter by the candidate's supervisor/mentor attesting the following: the candidate is an early career investigator living and studying in a Central or South American country as outlined in the eligibility criteria; the abstract research was performed primarily by the candidate; he or she is the first author of the abstract, and that the research has not been published or presented elsewhere previously.

AHA membership at any level is required by the candidate by the time the award materials are submitted.


Up to ten awardees will be presented a $1000 travel grant at the meeting to help defray travel expenses to attend the Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions to present their research. Awardees must be present at the meeting in order to receive their awards. In addition, awardee will be provided with complimentary registration to the conference.


All abstracts and application materials must be received through the Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions abstract submitter. Visit Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions for submission info. The deadline for submission is June 8, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST.


Please Contact:

Susan Kunish
Conference Manager