Junior Investigator Focused Projects Award

The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) is pleased to announce the Focused Projects Award for Junior Investigators. These investigator-initiated awards are intended to support projects across a wide variety of topics and research questions relevant to sleep medicine that align with the mission of the ASMF. Focused Projects proposals can involve patient outcomes, quality metrics or other aspects of health services research but are not limited to these topics. Research projects should address one or more scientific questions related to sleep and/or sleep disorders. These projects should address important unanswered questions related to sleep and sleep health. These proposals must include specific research aims and testable hypotheses, clearly delineated research methods, a data analysis plan, and identify clear products as a result of this funding such as manuscripts, research abstracts or applications for additional funding subsequent to this award. Given the size and scope of the Focused Projects award mechanism, both small self-contained research projects and pilot projects, in preparation for a larger study, are appropriate.


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

  • Physicians (MD or DO) who are board-eligible or board-certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine or by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, and have completed their sleep medicine fellowship within the past 10 years, or who are currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited sleep medicine fellowship program are eligible to apply.
  • Researchers (PhD or other doctoral degree) who are within 10 years of completing their post-doctoral training or who are current post-doctoral fellows.
  • Successful applicants must be members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine at the time of acceptance of the award, and membership must be maintained for the duration of the award.
  • Applicants must identify a research mentor who will provide support and assist with oversight of the project.

Structure of Award

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, relevance to the ASMF's goals and potential for success. This award will be a contract between the ASMF and the recipient institution. Salary support will be provided commensurate with the applicant’s current stipend or salary. 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. These awards are also not intended to supplement ongoing work, for example, by enrolling additional subjects into an ongoing trial. If the proposed research becomes funded by another awarding body during the course of the award, the ASMF must be notified and reserves the right to terminate the award.

All components of the application must be emailed as one .pdf document and received at the ASMF office no later than 11:59 p.m. Central time on September 18, 2017. All applications must be submitted electronically.

The ASMF Executive Board will notify the applicants of their funding decision by December 15, 2017.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the American Sleep Medicine Foundation with questions regarding the Focused Projects Award. Please direct questions to: Laura Bentley, ASMF Assistant (lbentley@discoversleep.org).