This award provides up to $50,000 per year for up to 3 years for early to mid-career women and faculty underrepresented in medicine (defined by the AAMC) to develop the foundations for successful careers in academic cardiothoracic surgery. Awardees will additionally be invited to join the AATS Abstract Review Committee in the year of their award, and the AATS Foundation Award selection committee for the year following their award, with the aim of supporting academic mentorship and development.
To be eligible for an award, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
Candidates will be required to submit the following materials within their online application:
Applications requesting up to $50,000 per year for up to three years will be considered, as well as proposals with smaller short-term requests. For each subsequent year of funding, a progress report and request for additional funding are required prior to the end of the originally funded year. Additional funding will be made after review of the progress report. Any publications from activity supported by the award must include acknowledgement of the award. Please note that any award payments made to foreign individuals may be subject to federal tax withholding of up to 30% if a recipient is traveling to the United States.
All applications will be subjected to a rigorous review process which will be established and overseen by the program's Review Committee, comprised of members from both the AATS Membership Recruitment, Engagement, and Diversity Committee and the AATS Foundation Advisory Council.
At the conclusion of the experience, a final report must be submitted, highlighting all activities and the advances achieved. The recipient will also work closely with AATS Foundation staff to determine ways to share details with a larger audience.