Clinical Health Profession Student Training Program 2017, American Heart Association, USA

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Award Activation:  July 1, 2017

Objective

To enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising students who are matriculated in a clinical health professional degree training program and who intend careers as physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists.

Science Focus

Research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems. 

Disciplines

Proposals are encouraged from all basic, behavioral, epidemiological, and community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.

Target Audience

At the time of application, the applicant must:

  • Be a post-baccalaureate M.D., D.O., D.V.M., Pharm.D., DrPH, or Ph.D. in nursing (or equivalent clinical health science) doctoral student who seeks research training with a sponsor/mentor prior to embarking upon a research career.
  • Be a full-time student working towards his/her degree. 
  • Have completed initial coursework and be at the stage of the program where he/she can devote full-time effort to research or activities related to the development into an independent researcher. 

Sponsor

It is imperative that the fellow receive counsel and direction from a sponsor who is an established investigator invested in the progress of the project. 

A fellow must have primary responsibility for the writing and the preparation of the application, understanding the Sponsor will play a significant part in providing guidance to the applicant. 

AHA does not require but strongly encourages institutions to develop and use Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for AHA training programs. IDPs provide a structure for the identification and achievement of career goals. 

The trainee’s career goals, as stated in Part A - Personal Statement of the fellow's biosketch, and the sponsor’s training plan must be complementary to one another and focused specifically on the individual.  A standardized training plan will not be viewed favorably.

Citizenship

At the time of application, must have one of the following designations: 

  • U.S. citizen. 
  • Permanent resident. 
  • Pending permanent resident (any resident who has an approved I-765 form and has submitted an I-485 application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). 
  • E-3 Visa - specialty occupation worker. 
  • F1 Visa - student. 
  • 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 – North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional. 
  • G-4 Visa - family member of employee of international organizations. 

Applicants are not required to reside in the United States for any period before applying for American Heart Association funding.

An awardee must maintain one of the designations listed above throughout the duration of the award.

Location of Work

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 applications to the AHA’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, and applications from Veterans Administrations employees. 

Funding is prohibited for awards at non-U.S. institutions.

Budget

Annual Stipend: $23,844, plus $1,000 per year for health insurance 

Project Support: $2,000 per year, in addition to the stipend. (No limit on any line item (travel, computer, equipment, etc.). International travel is permitted and does not require prior AHA approval.

Award Duration: Two years

Total Award Amount: $53,688

Restrictions

  • An applicant may submit only one Clinical Health Profession Student application per deadline. 
  • A Clinical Health Profession Student trainee may hold only one AHA award at a time.
  • This award is not for individuals of faculty/staff rank.
  • A Clinical Health Profession Student awardee may not hold another AHA award concurrently. However, the student may apply for an AHA Clinical Scientist Training Award in the last year of the student award.
  • The awardee may not hold a comparable award as a source of supplementation. An applicant who receives AHA funding, but has an ongoing training grant from another source, may defer the start of the AHA award up to six months in order to complete the existing fellowship.
  • The applicant may submit the same or similar application three times (the original plus two resubmissions). The same or similar application submitted the fourth time will be administratively withdrawn. 
  • The sponsor/co-sponsor may mentor no more than two AHA-funded fellows (pre-doctoral and postdoctoral) concurrently. Fellows who are part of an AHA Strategically Focused Research Network are excluded.
  • Submission of an application to the AHA with identical or significantly similar content as a submission by another investigator is prohibited. Also, the submission of an application to the AHA with identical or significantly similar content from a sponsor to a grant program and his/her fellow to fellowship program is prohibited. In such cases, both applications may be removed from funding consideration. If a grant application is submitted by the sponsor of a fellowship application, both applications may be funded if there is no duplication of aims.

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