The purpose of the Merck Young Investigator Award is to encourage young investigators to undertake or continue hypertension research and participate in the conference. The award permits a young investigator to travel to the annual meeting and to present research orally or in poster format and to engage in discussion with senior investigators. The candidates are young investigators (MD or PhD), fellows in training, and academicians who hold an academic rank no higher than that of instructor at the time of submission of an abstract. Each awardee (up to 10) receives $1,000.
The Merck New Investigator Award/Latin America is presented with the same criteria to as many as five qualified new investigators who plan to pursue their careers in Latin America. Each awardee receives $2,000.