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Alain Carpentier Honoring Our Mentors Program

An Honoring Our Mentors Program

Career Stage: Residents

Program Type: Research Grant

Specialty: Cardiac

Status: Upcoming

Opens: September 1, 2022

Deadline: December 1, 2022

Program Overview

This initiative supports young surgical scientists with a Carpentier AATS Foundation Award in the amount of up to $45,000 (for up to two years) for original translational and clinical research to promote treatment advances in valvular heart disease. Applicants will be strongly encouraged to submit proposals focused on research in patient care in developing countries or areas in the US with deprivation.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a cardiac surgical resident who is currently enrolled in an accredited I6 program or general surgery residents intending to follow either a traditional 5-2 training pathway or a 4-3 Early Specialization Program in cardiothoracic surgery in the United States or Canada.
  • Must be engaged in cardiac research in the laboratory of an established cardiac surgical investigator who is an active AATS member in good standing who will serve as their mentor for the duration of the project.
  • Must submit a complete education plan on the proposed research. Applications will only be considered meritorious if the selected mentor has provided adequate documentation highlighting their involvement and backing of the project.
  • Areas of scientific interest should include non-thrombogenic solutions to valve disease and projects focused on research in patient care/treatment in developing countries or areas in the US with lower socioeconomic standing/deprivation.

Application Process

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Mentor’s NIH Biosketch.
  • Training plan and environment which includes outlining the proposed training goals, core laboratory experience and didactic curriculum and mentoring/career counseling plans.
  • Description of the proposed research, including background, specific aims, significance, and research plan (5 page limit).
  • Description of research facilities.
  • Detailed budget (up to 10% of the total funding can be used for indirect costs and/or overhead assessments).
  • Disclosure of other currently funded research projects and pending applications for support.
  • Letter of support from the sponsoring research mentor addressing his/her endorsement of proposal and feasibility of the research proposal being carried out. The mentor letter should also include history of mentorship of previous research residents and outcomes of previous trainees. It should provide the mentorship/supervision plan, including information on research environment, salary, available laboratory space, and other educational activities during the award cycle.
  • Letter of support from the Surgical Chief or Director of Laboratory where research will be conducted guaranteeing protected time and that the applicant will spend the entire funding period focused on described research and that the department is committed to providing additional support, if needed, to ensure completion of the research.
  • One-page statement describing the relationship of the proposed research to the applicant’s career goals.

Review Process

The AATS Foundation’s Resident Research Scholarship Sub-Committee will review all applications and recommend recipients to be presented to AATS Foundation Board of Directors for a final decision. Applications will be graded on all aspects of the award criteria.

Funding

Each individual $45,000 grant would be for up to a 2-year duration. The funding would be for support of salary, research supplies, travel, and other academic expenses related directly to the research (up to 10% may be allocated for indirect costs).

The 2nd year of funding will be provided based on evidence of progress and accomplishments as documented in a progress report submitted by awardee to the AATS Foundation after the initial 9 months of funding.

Progress reports should include:

  • An update on the specific aims of the project.
  • Indicate what was expected to be done at this point in the project cycle.
  • Describe any barriers to progress to-date.
  • Update project plans for the second year.
  • Indicate how they 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 being worked on.
  • Any additional information that will support a second year of funding.

Program currently closed:

Program will open September 1, 2022.