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AATS Foundation Research Scholarship

Applicant Requirements: Deadline ends at 11:59pm Eastern on 12/1/2024

Career Stage: Early Career Surgeons

Program Type: Flagship Program, Research Grant

Specialty: Multi-specialty

Status: Upcoming

Opens: September 1, 2024

Deadline: December 2, 2024

Program Overview

In 1985, the AATS established a two-year research scholarship awarded annually to a North American surgeon committed to pursuing an academic career in cardiothoracic surgery. The AATS Foundation's Research Scholarship provides one early-career investigator with a two-year grant of $80,000 each year to pursue research, training and clinical experience. This program is designed as an early-career development award for young surgical scientists. Successful applicants will receive complimentary registration to an AATS Annual Meeting where the will be recognized during the AATS Foundation's Reception.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • A candidate should have completed his/her formal training in cardiothoracic surgery and be certified or in the process of obtaining certification by the appropriate Thoracic Surgery Board in the United States, Canada or international equivalent.
  • Applications for the scholarship must be submitted during the candidate's first two years in an academic position at a U.S. or Canadian institution.
  • Candidates must have completed their cardiothoracic residency within 3 years of application.

Application Process

  • Biosketch.
  • Description of the proposed research, including Background, Specific Aims, Significance and Research Plan – 5 page limit.
  • Description of research facilities.
  • Detailed budget.
  • Disclosure of other currently funded research projects and pending applications for support.
  • Letter of support from Surgical Chief or Director of laboratory where research will be conducted addressing his/her endorsement of proposal and feasibility of the research proposal being carried out.*
  • First most significant Publication.
  • Second most significant Publication.
  • One page narrative describing the relationship of the proposed research to the applicant’s career goals.

*For those looking to send letters of support for the candidate directly to the AATS Foundation, please email


  • All applications will be subjected to a rigorous peer-review process, which will be established and overseen by the Program's Review Committee.
  • The yearly stipend shall be $80,000 paid to the host institution for support of salary, research supplies, travel and other legitimate academic expenses of the scholar.
  • The stipend is to be used for direct salary support and related research expenses only; it cannot be used to support indirect institutional costs.
  • The Scholarship will begin July 1 of the award year and conclude on July 1 two years following. The scholar shall submit an interim and a final written report of his/her research activities to the Board of the Foundation.
  • After completion of research, investigators will be required to submit a final report of their research activities and findings to the AATS Foundation Board.
  • All publications emanating from the research must include acknowledgement of the award.

Successful grant recipients will be required to provide a mid-term progress report outlining their progress to date prior to receiving their second year of support, the following may be used as a guide:

Suggestions and Guidelines for Interim Progress Report

  • Briefly list the specific aims of the project.
  • Indicate what you expected to have done at this point in the project cycle.
  • Describe the barriers to progress to-date.
  • Update your project plans for the second year.
  • Indicate how you expect to continue or complete this research project.
  • Describe plans to submit a manuscript/grant proposal or some other tangible mark of progress in the coming months.
  • If available, submit any tables, figures or graphics from a report or paper you are working on.
  • Feel free to add any additional information that will support a second year of funding.

All applicants will be notified with an official letter from the AATS Foundation within 2-3 months of the program deadline. Should you have any questions regarding your status prior to receiving this notification, please contact

Program currently closed:

Program will open September 1, 2024.