The Great Rivers Undergraduate Student Research Program and Greater Southeast Health Sciences Fellowship do not require the typical Research Plan. Instead, applicants should create an Implementation Plan.
Before beginning the Application Implementation Plan, review the program description noting especially the qualifications, restrictions and peer review criteria for the program to which you are applying. The Application Implementation Plan should address all of the peer review criteria.
The Application Implementation Plan must be created as a Word-processed document, converted to a Portable Document Format (PDF) file, and uploaded to Grants@Heart. Only PDF files will be accepted. When creating the Implementation Plan, you must comply exactly with the association's format/type requirements and page limits below. Failure to comply will result in the administrative withdrawal (disqualification) of the application. Follow these guidelines:
- Only Portable Document Format (PDF) files will be accepted.
- File must be single-spaced.
- No more than 15 characters per inch (cpi) or an average of no more than 15 cpi (cpi includes symbols, punctuation and spaces).
- No less than ¾" margins allowed.
- Sixty lines per page are the maximum allowed, (The average number of lines per page using the font and point size below will be approximately 50-55 lines).
- Arial Font style, 12 point font size for Windows users; Helvetica Font style, 12 point font size for Macintosh users
- Figures, charts, tables, graphics and legends may be smaller in size but must be clear and legible.
- Eight-page limit
Users of other Word-processing programs must adjust settings appropriately and should measure text after saving and printing as a PDF. Type requirements should be checked using a standard measuring device (such as a ruler), rather than relying on the font selected for a particular word processing/printer combination. Type size specifications must be observed in the text of your Application Implementation Plan or the application will not be reviewed and will be withdrawn. Adherence to font and margin requirements is necessary. No applicant should have an advantage over other applicants by providing more content in his/her application by using smaller, denser type. The AHA has the responsibility to make the final determination of conformance to format requirements and the authority to withdraw applications. This decision is final and not subject to appeal.
Internet website addresses (URLs) may not be used to provide information necessary to the review because reviewers are under no obligation to view the Internet sites. Moreover, the reviewers are cautioned to not directly access an Internet site as it could compromise their anonymity.
If this application is a "resubmission" of a previous proposal, mark changes within the Application Implementation Plan by using brackets, italics or bold (do not shade or underline changes). A separate document addressing modifications is also required. View the Resubmission Instructions for more information.
Type the Application Implementation Plan specifically following the outline given below, in the same sequence. All items should be addressed. Indicate N/A or None if not applicable to this application. The suggested lengths (in parenthesis) are guidelines only; the entire proposed Application Implementation Plan must not exceed the 8-page limit.
Application Implementation Plan
Describe the plan for the program to which you are applying (Great Rivers Affiliate Undergraduate Student Research Program or Greater Southeast Affiliate Health Sciences Fellowship).
Approximate page lengths for each section are provided below. The description must be no more than 8 pages total and include each of the following:
- History of Student Research Programs (2 pages):
Describe the institution’s history of student research programs and/or the institution’s ability to attract students to this program.
- List of Key Personnel (1/2 -1 page): Provide a list of the key personnel and a brief description of their role in the proposed project. Selection Committee members should also be entered in the application form as consultants and must provide a biographical sketch.
- Research Opportunities Available to Students (2-3 pages): Provide a list of representative mentored projects and proposed faculty who would serve as mentors at your institution. Describe resources and funding available to support the program.
Include in this section how the proposed projects relate to and support the mission of the American Heart Association: building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
- Proposed enrichment activities: Describe enrichment activities that will be offered for the students (1 page): Examples of enrichment activities include seminars, journal clubs, and instruction in bioethics, protecting human subjects in research studies, scientific writing, and experimental design.
- Recruitment and Selection Process (1-2 pages): Explain how you will recruit and select students. Describe how you will match students to research mentors. Include a plan for recruiting students from underrepresented minorities in science.
- Program Evaluation (1 page): Describe efforts to evaluate the quality of each fellow’s experience, each research project, and the overall program.