Launch Your Career as an Investigative Scientist; Apply to the ACC's Research Fellowship Awards

For the past 40 years, the ACC's Research Fellowship Awards program has provided a unique opportunity to launch the careers of many young scientists. The ACC and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) are seeking applications from anyone currently in an adult cardiology fellowship training program who is conducting research in adult cardiology. Apply for one of the awards to win $100,000 for one year of protected research and earn recognition that can launch your career.

Preference for one of those awards will be given to an applicant focusing on disparities of care; applicants who focus on gender, race, geographics, and economic inequalities in cardiovascular care are especially encouraged.

ACC/ABC Merck Research Fellowship Awards

Three one-year fellowships in the amount of $100,000 each will be awarded as salary support for one year of research in adult cardiology. In selecting applications, proposals addressing CVD and Cardiometabolic disorders are encouraged. Included are proposals that address pathophysiology, molecular genetics, metabolic abnormalities leading to cardiovascular disease, hypertension, heart failure, hyperlipidemia, inflammatory mechanisms and new pathways for drug discovery.

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ACC/ABC Bristol Myers Squibb Research Fellowship Awards

Four one-year fellowships in the amount of $100,000 each will be awarded as salary support for one year of cardiovascular research. In selecting applications, encouraged research topics include (but are not limited to): disparities of care, cardiomyopathies, hypertrophic cardiomyopathies, or thrombosis.

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Eligibility & Selection

Anyone currently in an adult cardiology fellowship training program recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association and who has the recommendation and agreement of his/her training program director and institution. Judging for the awards will be determined by the ACC Research Fellowship Awards Committee and members of the ABC.

Criteria for selection will include:

  • Scientific quality of the project;
  • Relevance to the research focus as described above;
  • Qualifications and commitment of the applicant;
  • The quality of the training environment; and
  • Projected Career Development Plan.

Successful applicants may pursue this protected year of research either within or following their three years of required training. Preference will be given to individuals who:

  • Will pursue clinical research training and experience directly involving patients or human subjects.
  • Have had no more than two years of prior full-time research experience either in clinical or basic research.
  • Will not hold another major external fellowship or salary award, (e.g., from the National Institutes of Health or the American Heart Association) during the ACCF/Merck funded year.
  • One of each award will be exclusively awarded to a member of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC). Qualified candidates who are members of the ACC and the ABC will be considered for both the ACC and the ABC categories; however, an applicant may only receive one monetary award.

The deadline to submit an application is January 7, 2022.

The ACC is grateful to Merck and Bristol Myers Squibb for their financial support for these awards.

For questions, please contact Rebekah Noyes at