Strategic Research Award - Category I and Category II

The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) has reorganized its grant program and is excited to announce two new grant opportunities for 2014: the Strategic Research Award (SRA) Category I and Category II.  The SRA Category I is for those applicants seeking funding for projects up to $250,000.  The SRA Category II is for those seeking funding for projects up to $100,000.

The award cycle for the 2014 Strategic Research Awards - Category I and Category II is closed. The 2015 award cycle will be announced at a later date.


The ASMF recognizes that the field of sleep medicine is facing significant challenges that involve many aspects of healthcare delivery recently introduced though the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Foundation seeks to support the vitality and sustainability of the field through funding research that will demonstrate how sleep medicine specialists can deliver high quality and cost-effective care within a changing landscape. 

The goals of the SRA program are to foster health services research and patient-oriented research in sleep medicine, improve outcomes, and demonstrate value.  Applications should focus on assessment, improvement, or innovation of strategies to achieve optimal outcomes, quality, cost-effectiveness, or value in delivery of sleep healthcare in the United States.   

A list of selected example topics that would most likely be responsive to the call for proposals can be found on the application document at  The Foundation will however accept other proposals that are equally responsive to the objectives of the SRA program.


The ASMF invites sleep scientists to apply for this award if they:

  • Are a current member of the AASM in good standing.
  • Possess a masters level degree or higher.
  • Have access to the necessary facilities to perform the stated work.
  • Are U.S.-based investigators at an institution in the United States.  No projects outside the United States will be funded.

A grant review committee appointed by the ASMF Executive Board will evaluate and score all submitted proposals. The ASMF Board of Directors will make the final determination regarding 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 the institution), feasibility and scientific merit of the research plan, environment, the appropriateness of the proposed research to the ASMF mission and the anticipated relationship between the funds provided and expected outcomes. 

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by the ASMF national office by 11:59 pm, October 13, 2014. All applications must be submitted electronically. The ASMF Executive Board will notify the applicants of their decision by January 30, 2015.

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