ABSM Junior Faculty Research Award

The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) is pleased to announce the 2016 award cycle for the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) Junior Faculty Research Award.


Physicians (MD or DO) who are certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine or by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, and are within 10 years post sleep medicine fellowship and hold a faculty appointment are eligible to apply. Applicants must be members in good standing of the AASM at the time of application.

Requirements for Application

Applications must include evidence of completion of a Sleep Medicine Fellowship, a commitment to the applicant by a University in the United States to provide a faculty position with a research component for at least 3 years, a research plan, description of institutional resources, the applicant’s involvement in an academic sleep program at his/her institution, and letters of support from the Department chair and, ideally, from the Director of the applicant’s Sleep Medicine Fellowship. The applicant is responsible for securing the letters of support.>

Duration, Structure and Amount of Award

The ABSM Junior Faculty Research Award program will grant an award of $75,000 spread over two years to up to two applicants per year. Awardees will be required to submit an interim report at 12 months and a final report at the end of the term of the award.

Award Review Criteria and Process

An award review committee appointed by the ASMF Executive Committee will evaluate and rank the proposals for a final decision by the ASMF Board of Directors to determine the award recipients. Factors that will be taken into consideration include the applicant's experience, presence of resources necessary to complete the study (including the commitment and experience of any mentor that has been established to assist with career development), feasibility and scientific merit of the research plan, training plan/environment, appropriateness of the proposed research/training activities to the ASMF mission and anticipated relationship between the funds provided and expected outcomes, including potential contribution of this work to the development of the applicant's academic career in sleep medicine, and degree of institutional support evident in the application. Institutional support should include tangible evidence of direct support of the applicant's research career development, such as additional funded research time, access to existing research resources and programs, strong mentorship and sustained commitment over a period of time deemed adequate for development. The ASMF wishes to emphasize its requirement that the applicant's department chair provide assurance of a strong level of commitment to truly support the applicant's career path, including honoring protected time for scholarly activity and investigation, consistent with the effort reflected in the proposed budget, during the period of this award. The department chair's letter of support should include specific details of how receipt of this award, and the associated protected time it entails, will create unique opportunities that facilitate the applicant's successful academic career in sleep medicine. The letter should also describe any committed additional or matching research funds from the applicant's department or mentor, and how these funds will be used to bolster the applicant's program of investigation. Also, to increase geographical, institutional and individual diversity among awardees, the ASMF will take into consideration the applicant’s and the applicant institution’s history of prior ASMF awards.

Applications must be received at the ASMF office no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on December 21, 2015. All applications must be submitted electronically. The ASMF will notify the applicants of their decision by May, 2016.

For questions about the ABSM Jr. Faculty Award or other ASMF inquiries, please contact Laura Bentley, ASMF Assistant, at 630-737-9700 or via email at lbentley@discoversleep.org

Download the Jr. Faculty Application