Mentor/AHA Mentee Award

Funding Agency:
American Heart Association

To provide enhanced mentoring opportunities for early-career faculty from experts within fields of study important to their career development. Some mentoring may be accomplished face-to-face, but this funding mechanism is designed to include virtual channels (teleconferences, virtual rooms, etc.) and also should include journal clubs, discussions, etc. Creativity is encouraged, and mentoring of researchers from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in science, or from smaller universities and academic  institutions, or working in a particularly difficult or emerging area of science will be particularly encouraged.

  • To provide protected time for mentoring activities for investigators who have an established record of accomplishments in mentoring.

    • Mentor candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to cardiovascular or cerebrovascular science, as indicated by publication history and scientific accomplishments.
  • To support early-career AHA funded investigators by providing supportive mentoring relationships which, in addition to supporting the pursuit of the research in question, also facilitate expansion of investigator skills.

    • Mentees must be current awardees of the AHA Scientist Development Grant (SDG) or Beginning Grant-in-Aid (BGIA) program, and will be identified as potential candidates by AHA if they are from an underrepresented racial and ethnic groups or an institution that is included in the NIH- AREA definition, or if the scientific area they are pursuing does not have sufficient mentoring at their own institution.

Deadline: Feb. 14, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

At time of application, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Independent investigator holding a faculty/staff appointment equivalent to Associate or full Professor.
  • Independent investigator holding a faculty/staff appointment equivalent to Associate or full Professor.
  • M.D., Ph.D., D.O. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • Current national-level funding as principal investigator on an R01 grant or its equivalent (e.g. VA Merit Award, NSF Grant, or PI on Program Project Grant from NIH). NIH “K” series awards are not considered equivalent to an R01. Current or past AHA research funding as a principal investigator is a plus.
  • AHA Professional Member.
  • U.S. citizen or foreign national holding a permanent residence visa (e.g., in possession of an alien registration receipt card), or foreign national who has applied for permanent residency (form I-485 on file with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) and who has received authorization to legally remain in the U.S. (having filed an Application for Employment form I-765), an exchange visitor (J-1), temporary worker in a specialty occupation (H-1, H-1B, E-3), Canadian or Mexican citizen engaging in professional activities (TC, TN) or temporary worker with extraordinary ability in the sciences (O-1) visa, family member of employee of international organizations and NATO (G4). Student visas are not acceptable. Awardee must meet American Heart Association citizenship criteria throughout the duration of the award.

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

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



Amount Description

Two mentees: $15,000 per year for three years, totaling $45,000 per award. 
Three mentees: $20,000 per year for three years, totaling $60,000 per award.

Funds may be used to cover a portion  of  the  mentor’s  salary  and  fringe  benefits,  and/or  to  cover travel costs for the mentee to visit the mentor’s lab for a specific purpose (e.g., learning a new experimental technique, etc.).

Duration: Three years.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

February 14, 2017