Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award

Funding Agency:
American Heart Association

This program provides funding for trainees with outstanding potential for careers as physician-scientists in cardiovascular or stroke research during the crucial period of career development that spans the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty/staff position. The award provides a supportive mentored experience during this period of transition. The award will (1) greatly enhance the awardee's chances of obtaining a high-quality faculty/staff appointment; (2) improve the awardee's success and retention in an investigative career in cardiovascular science; and (3) develop the mentoring skills of the awardee as a potential future sponsor.

The award will provide support for beginning physician-scientists for a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years of research training and the first years of the first faculty/staff (or equivalent) appointment, for a maximum of five years of support. It is strongly encouraged that the five years of the award run consecutively, but the applicant and sponsor may propose and justify an alternative plan for peer review consideration.

Individual awardees may take the award from the institution providing the research training component to another institution for the career development component (first faculty/staff appointment). The intent is to make the awardee a "free agent" who is empowered to stay at or move from the training institution while retaining the award. The sponsor during the faculty stage of the award may or may not be the same person who was the sponsor during the training phase.

Deadline: Feb. 14, 2017

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Science Focus: All basic, clinical, and population research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Eligibility Requirements

At the time of application, the applicant must:

  • hold a M.D., M.D./PhD., D.O. or equivalent doctoral degree and seek additional research training under the supervision of a sponsor/sponsor prior to embarking on a career of independent research. be enrolled in or have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved residency or a clinical fellowship program associated with an ACGME-approved residency.
  • have completed the clinical portion of their training program by the time of award activation.
  • the applicant is responsible for identifying and working with a sponsor/sponsor to develop the application. not have more than five years of postdoctoral research training (beyond clinical training).
  • not have faculty/staff rank.

At the time of award activation:

  • the applicant may not hold a faculty/staff appointment. (Exceptions: M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. with clinical responsibilities who hold a title of instructor or similar due to their patient care responsibilities but who devote at least 80 percent full-time effort to research training.)
  • the sponsor may hold a M.D., PhD., D.O. or other equivalent degree. Because of the strong sponsoring component of this award and the importance of developing a meaningful relationship between awardee and sponsor; an individual sponsor may sponsor only one applicant to the program per year.

Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

February 14, 2017