ISHLT Career Development Grants

Norman E. Shumway
Norman E. Shumway
Joel D. Cooper
Joel D. Cooper


The purpose of these grants is to support the rising stars of basic, clinical or translational research at a critical time in their independent research career. The grantees will have already established a track record in the field of heart or lung transplantation, the failing heart or lungs or mechanical circulatory support and will aim to further develop their career in one of these areas.

Grant Details

The ISHLT issues one Norman E. Shumway Career Development Grant and one Joel D. Cooper Career Development Grant every year. Each grant is in the amount of $160,000. The funding period is for two years ($80,000 per year).

Eligibility Requirements
  1. The applicant and the applicant's department head/division chief must be members of the ISHLT in good standing at the time of application and throughout the period of funding.    
  2. The applicant must have completed post-graduate training (post doctoral training for scientists or post Board certification/accreditation/staff appointment for clinicians). The applicant must have completed such training no more than 3 years prior to the date of application and must hold a full time faculty position.   
  3. The applicant must have an academic appointment at a University or other accredited institution of higher learning.
  4. Applicants must not have already received extramural (external) funding > $40,000 for the same period from any other granting agency. Simultaneous internal funding for the recipient's institution/department is permitted if it is not for the same or closely related research.
Funding Stipulations / Grant Policies
  1. Research must begin between April 1 and December 31 of the grant year.    
  2. The results of funded research must be submitted in one of the following formats within three years of the initial date of funding:                  
    • as a manuscript to the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation   
    • as an abstract for the ISHLT Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions
  3. The results of funded research cannot have been previously published or presented prior to publication in the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation or presentation at the ISHLT Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions.
  4. Funding will be awarded in four portions. 25% of the funding will be disbursed initially, with the remaining balance disbursed in 25% increments upon submission of a progress report to the Grants & Awards Committee every 6 months after the date of initial funding. Continuing installments of funding will not be made if the research is no longer being conducted at the original institution. 
  5. The grant recipient's institution agrees that the funds will be used to cover expenses for the purpose(s) described in the application, that there is not duplicate funding for these purposes, and that no portion of the grant will be used to pay for indirect costs or institutional overhead. ISHLT funds may not be used for the purchase of capital equipment.
  6. The grant recipient's institution agrees to return any unused funds to ISHLT.    
  7. The grant recipient must be a member of ISHLT in good standing throughout the durtion of the funding period.   
  8. The grant recipient is expected to attend the annual ISHLT Scientific meeting during the grant period.
  9. ISHLT must be acknowledged as a funding source in all manuscripts and presentations derived from the funded research via the following statement: "This work was supported by a Career Development Grant from the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation." Copies of these publications must be submitted to the ISHLT Headquarters office.  
  10. The grant recipient or his/her research project director must be present at the Grants & Awards Presentation ceremony at the ISHLT Annual Meeting to receive acknowledgment of the grant.
Guidelines for Judging Scientific Merit and Fundability of Applications
The scientific merit and fundability of all submitted research proposals will be judged by at least 2 members of the ISHLT Grants & Awards Committee. Outside experts may also be consulted. The Committee Chair will select the members to participate in the review process. All judges will independently review each research proposal according to established guidelines. A written report will be completed for each proposal. All reports will be sent to the Committee Chair. The Chair will organize a meeting or conference call to review the proposals and select the proposal(s) for funding. Applicants will not receive written feedback about their proposals, nor will proposals be returned to applicants. Depending upon the scope of applications received, funding may be awarded to a single application, or the funds may be allocated to two or more smaller, independent projects.