RESEARCH GRANT AWARDS

1.  Abstracts submitted by October 15, 2020, to the 2020 A-CURE Remote Sessions may be considered for a research grant award. Three research grant awards will be offered to all meeting participants who meet the criteria outlined below. All abstracts will be scored and ranked by a blinded panel comprised of the participating faculty members. The abstracts will be graded on a 1-10 point system (10 being the highest score) in each of the following categories: scientific merit, scientific originality and future research opportunity, clarity and efficacy of presentation, and overall alignment with the meeting goals. The score of each category will be added together with a maximum score of 40 from an individual reviewer. The authors of the top scoring abstracts will be invited to compete for a research grant award. Those invited to compete will give a 15 minute talk on the research presented in the abstract and answer questions from the faculty in a live streaming event. Based on this presentation, the A-CURE Faculty will collectively determine the winners of the three research grant awards. In order to be considered for a research grant award, participants must meet the following criteria:

      1. Grant recipients shall complete a video recording of a presentation of their abstract/data that will be disseminated to the public via the A-CURE.org website in conjunction with all other meeting content. All costs associated with the recording shall be borne by Abiomed, at no cost to the grant recipient.
      2. Grant recipients shall conduct research at least 20 hours per week in an established research laboratory at a not for profit research institution (such as a university or hospital) during the calendar year 2021.
      3. Grant recipients must demonstrate the intention to continue her/his participation in the submitted research. This requirement will be met by the grant recipient submitting a formalized research proposal on the subject matter of the winning abstract to the meeting sponsor, Abiomed. This proposal will be reviewed by Abiomed to assure that all necessary regulatory and compliance matters are sufficiently met prior to funding.
      4. The research award will be awarded in the form a sponsored research agreement issued on behalf of the grant recipient to the his/her institution.
      5. All research awards are contingent upon full execution of a funding agreement with the grant recipient’s institution.

2. Young Investigator Research Award ($25,000 research grant). The Young Investigator Research Award will be awarded to the highest ranked abstract submitted by an investigator who is within 8 years of their terminal advanced degree or those enrolled in a program pursuant of such a degree (MD, PhD, MPH, etc.). The award will be a $20,000 research grant used to advance the grant recipient’s research program in the area of acute cardiac unloading. The grant cannot be used to offset or support salary and must be applied to the direct costs of the grant recipient’s research program. At the time of submission please check the appropriate box to confirm entry into the Young Investigator Research Award competition. Investigators who intend to compete for The Young Investigator Research Award shall meet the following criteria in addition to those listed in section 1 above:

      1. Must be within 8 years of the issuance of their terminal advanced degree (MD, PhD, MPH, etc.) or be currently enrolled as a graduate or professional student in pursuit of such a degree;
      2. Must be either first or senior author on the submitted work;
      3. At the time of abstract submission, the date the terminal degree was conferred or the expected conference date must be supplied; and
      4. Must submit a formal research proposal to Abiomed in order that all regulatory and compliance criteria are sufficiently met prior to funding.

3. Best in Research Award ($25,000 research grant).The Best in Research Award will be awarded to the highest ranked abstract from all abstract submissions. The Best in Research Award will be a $20,000 research grant used to advance the grant recipient’s research program in the area of acute cardiac unloading.  The grant cannot be used to offset or support salary and must be applied to the direct costs of the applicant’s research program. All abstracts submitted by the October 15, 2020, deadline will automatically be considered for the award. The grant recipient shall produce a 15-minute talk on their work to be filmed and released to public as part of the 2020 A-CURE Symposium Remote Sessions. To be considered for the award, the grant recipient must meet all the following criteria in addition to those listed in section 1. above:

      1. The grant recipient of the Best in Research Award cannot also be the recipient of the Young Investigator Research Award.
        1. In the case where the same abstract is selected for both the Best in Research Award and the Young Investigator Research Award, the Best in Research Award will then be awarded to the 2nd highest ranked overall abstract.
      2. Must submit a formal research proposal to Abiomed in order that all regulatory and compliance criteria are sufficiently met prior to funding.

4. A-CURE Scholar Award ($20,000 research grant). One A-CURE Scholar Award be awarded to the next highest ranked abstract submitted that was not awarded either the Young Investigator Award or the Best in Research Award. All abstracts submitted by the October 15, 2020, deadline and that meet the criteria of Section 1 above will be automatically considered for the award. The A-CURE Scholar Award will be a $15,000 research grant used to advance the grant recipient’s research program in the area of acute cardiac unloading. The grant recipient shall produce a 15-minute talk on their work to be filmed and released to public as part of the 2020 A-CURE Symposium Remote Sessions. To be considered for the award, the grant recipient must meet all the following criteria in addition to those listed in section.1 above:

        1. The A-CURE Scholar Award will be awarded to the highest ranked abstract that was not awarded either the Young Investigator Research Award or the Best in Research Award.
        2. Must submit a formal research proposal to Abiomed in order that all regulatory and compliance criteria are sufficiently met prior to funding.
        3. In the event the A-CURE Scholar Award winner is unable to accept the award, the award will be given to the next highest ranked abstract as judged by the A-CURE Faculty.

 

Sunshine Act Compliance

This activity is not CME-accredited and therefore the sponsor (Abiomed, Inc) is required under the Sunshine Act (as part of the Affordable Care Act) to track and report all payments and transfer of value to US licensed physicians including meals and expenses that are provided to you. In order to help supporters comply with the Sunshine Act, the names and contact information of all US and Canadian licensed physicians participating in this function will be provided to the support of this program. The information provided will be used for reporting purposes only.

Should you partake in this program, you will be reported as part of the Sunshine Act submission and will appear on the CMS Open Payments website on the next reporting cycle.

No payments, referenced above, which are made in connection with the A-CURE Symposium are in return for the referral of ongoing business, if any, or in return for the purchasing, leasing, or ordering of any services or to induce or be contingent upon, the admission, recommendation or referral of any patient, directly or indirectly, and further, are not determined in any manner that takes into account the volume or value of other business generated between the physician and Abiomed, Inc.