Dear Council Member,
As a member and chair of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology, I would like to make you aware of our Council’s Minority Travel Grant. The Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology encourages and supports the efforts of early career clinicians and students from underrepresented minority groups to participate in the Council and AHA activities. This stipend provides travel funding to the AHA’s Scientific Sessions in Los Angeles from Nov. 3-7, 2012.
This year we will be awarding a Travel Grant to a candidate of underrepresented minority groups based on the eligibility criteria below:
- 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 (303 & 304) primarily sponsored by the Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology.
- All applicants for the FGTB Minority Travel Grant must be members of the council at the time of application.
- 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.
We encourage any candidate who meets the criteria and who is at any level of medical or scientific training (medical school, graduate school, internship, residency, fellowship, etc.) to apply for a Travel Grant. Applications are due on August 17, 2012. Instructions to apply and further details may be found at: http://my.americanheart.org/professional/Councils/AwardsandLectures/FGTB-Minority-Travel-Grant_UCM_322678_Article.jsp
If you yourself are not eligible, but you have junior colleagues whom you believe would be good candidates, we would be grateful if you could forward this letter to them.
On behalf of the Council on Functional Genomics & Translational Biology, I appreciate your consideration. Please e-mail Veronica Zamora at Veronica.Zamora@heart.org if you have any questions regarding the Travel Grant or the application process.
Andre Terzic, MD, PhD, FAHA
Functional Genomics & Translational Biology Council Chair