Focused Projects Award

The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) is pleased to announce the Focused Projects Award (FPA) program for 2016. These investigator-initiated awards are intended to support projects across a wide variety of topics and research questions relevant to sleep medicine and supportive of the broad mission of the ASMF to enhance sleep health through research, education and humanitarian aid. Focused Projects proposals can involve patient outcomes, quality metrics or other aspects of health services research but are not limited to these topics. Humanitarian projects, educational projects and small research projects (including pilot studies), can all be considered under this mechanism.


The following individuals or non-profit organizations are eligible to apply:

  1. Individuals such as physicians (MD, DO), psychologists, individuals with doctoral degrees (PhDs), advanced practice nurses, physicians assistants, or other health care providers interested in sleep and sleep health
    (NOTE: Awards made in response to successful applications from individuals will be made as a contract with the individual’s host institution rather than directly to the individual.) 
  2. Charitable organizations (e.g., non-profit patient organizations) with tax exempt status, in collaboration with (an) individual(s) listed in #1 above, who must be clearly identified in the application

The ASMF encourages applications from American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) members. If the applicant (organization or individual) is not an AASM member, the applicant will be required to join the AASM prior to initiation of the award and maintain membership throughout the funding period. The ASMF can also help match potential applicants with local sleep experts in accredited sleep centers, hospitals or universities. Please contact Laura Bentley at the ASMF national office (contact information provided above) at least 30 days in advance of the application deadline for assistance.

Funding Information

The funding request for this award may not exceed $20,000 in total costs (including direct and indirect costs). There are no restrictions on the distribution of expenses; however, indirect costs are capped at 8%. Submitted proposals will be evaluated based on innovation, scientific rigor (for research applications), relevance to the ASMF's goals and potential for success. The ASMF will not fund ongoing projects that are currently funded by another awarding body, and the investigator or organization will be required to make a statement to this effect prior to execution of the contract.

Application Deadline

All components of the application must be received at the ASMF office no later than 11:59 p.m. Central time on August 29, 2016. All applications must be submitted electronically.

The ASMF Executive Committee will notify the applicants of their funding decision by December 15, 2016.

For questions about the Focused Projects Award or other ASMF inquiries, please contact Laura Bentley, ASMF Assistant, at 630-737-9700 or via email at