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American Heart Assn. offers several grant opportunities

The American Heart Association has announced its 2003 Research Awards Program.

The program, which aims to encourage applications that are broadly related to cardiovascular function and diseases, stroke, or to related fields, include:

o Predoctoral Fellowship Program: To inspire individuals to initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research and to support students conducting doctoral dissertation projects that broadly relate to the cardiovascular area, including stroke. Award: $18,000 stipend plus $3,000 grant allowance. Term of one or two years.

o Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: To provide stipend support to beginning investigators to further research training broadly related to the cardiovascular area, including stroke. Award: $30,000-$46,000 stipend, depending on years of training or experience, plus annual $3,000 departmental allowance. Term of one or two years.

o Medical Student Research Award: To provide medical students, who are potentially interested in a research career with an opportunity to explore a career that is broadly related to the cardiovascular area, including stroke. Award: $480/week stipend paid directly to student. Term is eight, 10 or 12 continuous weeks with award period anytime between June 1, 2003 and May 31, 2004.

o Beginning Grant-in-Aid: To promote the independent status of promising beginning scientists by supporting high quality, well-defined research projects in the cardiovascular area, including stroke. Award: $70,000 per year maximum, including 10 percent overhead and up to 50 percent of total award for P.I. salary-related expenses. Term is two years. Competitive renewal possible for up to four years of support.

o Grant-in-Aid: To support the most innovative and meritorious research projects from independent investigators in the cardiovascular area, including stroke. Award: $70,000 per year maximum, including 10 percent overhead and up to $17,500 per year for P.I. salary-related expen-ses. Term is two years; continuous support of any one investigator is limited to 4 years.

For more information, visit the AHA Web site at www.americanheart.org/research, call (650) 259-6700 or e-mail research@heart.org.

American Heart Assn. offers several grant opportunities

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