CVRI Viridis Montis Early Career Investigator Challenge in Cardiovascular Disease

The Early Career Advisory Committee of the Cardiovascular Research Institute of Vermont (CVRI) at UVM is excited to announce a unique Early Career investigator competition highlighting cardiovascular research, health/wellness, and service to the State of Vermont.  This is a merit based scientific abstract competition to highlight the best cardiovascular research work conducted by early career scientists at the University of Vermont and UVM Health Network. 


  • Applicants must be early career investigators.  Eligible candidates include: PhD and Master’s graduate students; postdoctoral fellows; residents and clinical fellows; medical students; faculty and staff within 5 years of first appointment.
  • Applicants and primary mentor(s) must be affiliated with the University of Vermont and/or the UVM Health network and the research.
  • The applicant must be the first author.
  • Previously presented and/or published scientific work is eligible for submission if the final publication occurred within 1 year of the Investigator Challenge (after January 1, 2019).


  • Winner: $2,000 prize (cash or funds transfer to research account)
  • Winner’s Mentor: $1,000 prize (funds transfer to research account)
  • Recognition plaques awarded to: Winner, 3 Finalists, Winner’s Mentoring Lab/Clinical division


*For more details and application instructions, please see the Competition Criteria and Application documents.

*The complete application is due by 5:00 pm on December 2, 2019.

*The Viridis Montis Early Career Investigator Challenge in Cardiovascular Disease will be held on February 5, 2020.

Please contact if you have any questions. 

 Sponsored by the Early Career Advisory Committee

New Funding Opportunity for Early Career Investigators in Cardiovascular Research

Through an endowment established by Martin Bloomfield, MD ’60, the Cardiovascular Research Institute of Vermont (CVRI) at UVM is excited to announce a unique funding opportunity for Early Career faculty members who are developing research programs related to cardiovascular diseases.  

Eligibility:  Faculty members from any UVM college who are in the initial 5 years of their first faculty appointment (assistant professor).

Funding and duration:  $45,000 in funding for each of 2 consecutive academic years, with a possibility of funding for a 3rd year. 

For more details and application instructions, please see the Criteria and Application documents. 

A letter of intent is required by March 1st.  The complete application is due by April 15th

Please contact if you have any questions. 

CVRI Recognizes Newly Selected Distinguished Investigator, Michael J. Toth, PhD

Michael J. Toth, PhD

The CVRI seeks to highlight excellence in research and to foster the next generation of cardiovascular researchers.  As such, the CVRI Board of Directors has recently selected Michael J. Toth, PhD for designation as CVRI Distinguished Investigator. 

Dr. Toth, nominated by Dr. Philip Ades, has established extraordinary success as a UVM researcher in the field of muscle physiology.  His studies over the years have related to the role of skeletal muscle dysfunction as is seen with aging, chronic heart failure, disuse, and the presence of chronic disease such as arthritis and cancer.  His studies utilize ingenious techniques developed by himself and his colleagues that include mounting single muscle fibers for detailed functional testing.  Dr. Toth has also published a total of 106 peer reviewed publications, many in the strongest journals including J Appl Physiol, Am J Physiol, Circlulation, JACC and Metabolism.

CVRI-VT  recognizes investigators who are performing sustained, impactful cardiovascular research by naming them as "Distinguished Investigators."  Candidates for this award are nominated by members of the Board of Directors and previous Distinguished investigators.  Those accepted for the award will hold the designation, are expected to participate in key CVRI-VT activities, and are recognized by CVRI-VT with a reception and a commitment for funding. 

Dr. Toth joins the following group of prestigious Distinguished Investigators: Philip Ades, MD, Joseph Brayden, PhD, Martin LeWinter, MD, George Osol, PhD, Russell Tracy, PhD, and Kathleen Trybus, PhD.

Mark Your Calendars

February 5: Viridis Montis Early Career Investigator Challenge in Cardiovascular Disease


Have a cardiovascular speaker you'd like to bring to campus?

Information on CVRI Co-Sponsorship of Cardiovascular Seminars can be found on the Application for Visiting Professor Funding


Internal Grant Review

CVRI provides internal review of grant applications to support cardiovascular research. E-mail CVRI for more information.  *NOTE: The request for internal review must be made at least 6 weeks before the submission deadline.


CVRI Travel Awards

CVRI travel awards are available to support trainees and junior investigators presenting abstracts at regional and national scientific meetings.  These competitive awards are for reimbursement of presentation-related expenses of up to $2,000 and offered on a limited rolling basis throughout the academic calendar year; more details can be found on the application for funding.

CVRI Funding Announcement
Martin M. LeWinter (MMLW) Young Investigator Award

The MMLW Funding mechanism is an initiative designed to provide funding for potentially high reward pilot projects proposed by innovative young investigators.

It is the purpose of this award to provide seed funding for a junior UVM/UVMMC cardiovascular faculty member or trainee with a novel concept that has the potential to lead to a significant advance in fundamental knowledge about the nature of living systems and/or to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. Basic, translational and clinical research may be supported.

Eligibility - UVM/UVMMC junior cardiovascular faculty member (within 5 years of initial faculty appointment) or trainee

Funding - up to $5,000 may be requested. Funding may be added to existing funding from other sources providing the total award does not exceed $20,000.

Applications will be accepted on an open basis contingent on availability of funds. 

Click here for full instructions and guidelines.

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