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Application Deadline: September 17, 2014
Award Activation: February 1, 2015
Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CDT on the deadline date. The system will shut down at 5:00 p.m. CDT. Early submission is encouraged. Your institutional Grants Officer (GO) has the final responsibility of submitting your completed application to the American Heart Association. It is important that you check with your GO for his/her internal deadline.
|Program Description, Eligibility and Peer Review Criteria|
To provide opportunities for health science students to work for ten consecutive weeks with a faculty/staff member on any project related to the mission of the American Heart Association. The goal is to encourage students to consider a future academic career in this area. *Note: this is an institutional award. Individual students do not apply to the AHA for this award.
Research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems.
Proposals are encouraged from all basic, behavioral, epidemiological, and community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.
The Greater Southeast Affiliate Health Sciences Fellowship targets post-baccalaureate, pre-doctoral M.D., D.O., D.D.S., Pharm.D. (or equivalent clinical degree) health science students.
This is an institutional award to qualified research institutions within the affiliate's geographic boundaries that can offer a meaningful research experience to health sciences students.
At time of application, must have one of the following designations:
- U.S. citizen
- Permanent resident
- Pending permanent resident. Applicants must have applied for permanent residency and have filed form I-485 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and have received authorization to legally remain in the United States (having filed an Application for Employment Form I-765)
- E3 Visa -- specialty occupation worker
- F1 -- student visa
- H1-B Visa -- temporary worker in a specialty occupation
- J-1 Visa -- exchange visitor
- O-1 Visa -- temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences
- TN Visa -- NAFTA professional
- G-4 Visa - family member of employee of international organizations and NATO
Awardee must meet American Heart Association citizenship criteria throughout the duration of the award.
Applicants are not required to reside in the United States for any period before applying for American Heart Association funding.
Location of Work
The award may be completed at any accredited institution in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Tennessee or U.S. Virgin Islands.
American Heart Association research awards are limited to non-profit institutions, including: medical, osteopathic and dental schools, veterinary schools, schools of public health, pharmacy schools, nursing schools, universities and colleges, public and voluntary hospitals and others that can demonstrate the ability to conduct the proposed research.
Applications will not be accepted for work with funding to be administered through any federal institution or work to be performed by a federal employee, except for Veterans Administrations employees.
Budget - Greater Southeast Health Sciences Fellowship
Peer Review Criteria
To judge the merit of the applicant for the award, reviewers must comment on the following criteria:
- Program organization -- selection process and monitoring of student progress
- Training opportunities for students
- Scientific and academic qualifications of faculty/leadership for the program
- Resources and funding available to students
- History of student research training/ability to attract students
Applicants should never contact reviewers regarding their applications. Discussing scientific content of an application or attempting to influence review outcome will constitute a conflict of interest in the review. Reviewers must notify the AHA if an applicant contacts them.
A report listing the students appointed by the school, their academic backgrounds and accomplishments, their sponsors' names and project titles will be required each year. The institution shall also assume fiscal responsibility for the fellowships.
- Only one application for up to three fellowships per year per institution will be awarded.
- If an institution is receiving Health Sciences Fellowship funding and is in the first year of a two-year award, a new application may not be submitted.
- New applications are allowed in the final year only.
- Institutions may hold only one American Heart Association Health Sciences Fellowship at any given time.
Note: The institutional representative listed as the principal investigator on a Health Sciences Fellowship award may hold the award and, if eligible, an affiliate or national grant award at the same time.
- The fellow cannot hold a comparable award as a source of supplementation.
- An applicant may submit only one affiliate application per deadline.
- An applicant who is unsuccessful in a competition may resubmit the same or similar application three times (the original plus two resubmissions). The same or similar application submitted for the fourth time will be administratively withdrawn.