2021-2022 Annual Report

Anita V. Shelgikar, MD, MHPE

2021-22 President

The AASM Foundation’s vision is to improve the overall health of all people by supporting researchers and clinicians who are focused on improving the sleep health of patients and the public. While 2021 was a year of challenges and opportunities, the future of sleep medicine is bright, and we can make our vision a reality by working together to support the sleep community.

Our strategic goals for improving clinical sleep research and sleep health

Goal 1

Improve Patient-Centered Sleep Care Through High-Impact Research

Awarded $1.9 million in new clinical research funding

Launched a new grant collaboration with the CHEST Foundation

Partnered with the Hypersomnia Foundation on a focused RFA for the Treatment of Central Disorders of Hypersomnolence

Goal 2

Develop the Careers of Sleep and Circadian Investigators

Announced the first three recipients of the new Diversity Supplement Grant

Awarded more than $500,000 in career development grants to 7 early and mid-career sleep researchers

Created a Sleep and Circadian Science Researchers forum for early career investigators within the AASM Engage platform

Goal 3

Increase Engagement of Current and Potential Stakeholders

Hosted a special virtual event honoring the 2020 and 2021 Sleep Champion Award recipients in addition to highlighting the impact of our Community Sleep Health Grants

Launched the Distinguished Speaker Sessions and the Honor Graduates and Faculty Campaign to engage new donors and volunteers

Snapshot of Achievements


Partnered with the AMA Foundation to provide a new Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship for medical school students interested in sleep medicine


Honor Graduates & Faculty Campaign launched to celebrate fellows completing their programs and the faculty who trained them


Announced a new grant with the CHEST Foundation that addresses topics that advance sleep medicine and ultimately improve patient outcomes


Announced the first two recipients of the Diversity Supplement Grant


Launched a free online toolkit to help parents, caregivers and children celebrate World Sleep Day


Second Annual Friendsgiving highlighted why the future is bright for sleep medicine


Announced Start School Later/Healthy Hours as Sleep Champion Award recipient


Year-end campaign successfully raised a record of $100,000 from individual donors

“I am thankful for the AASM Foundation and its dedicated staff and for the resources and funding it has provided to support my career. The Bridge to Success Grant for Early Career Investigators provided much-needed support during the period that I needed to revise and resubmit my NIH K23 grant.”

Omonigho (Michael) Bubu, MD, PhD, MPH

NYU Langone Health

“The American Board of Sleep Medicine Junior Faculty Grant has jumpstarted my research career.”

Raj C. Dedhia, MD, MSCR

Penn Medicine

“As the only sleep medicine fellowship program in Indiana, we hope to increase the number of high quality sleep medicine physicians in the state through the Sleep Medicine Fellow Funding Grant.”

Stephanie M. Stahl, MD

Indiana University School of Medicine

Approved for the 2021-2022 Program Cycle

Career Development Grants – $535,800

Investigator-Initiated Grants – $1,349,000

Community Funding – $84,300

Training Grants – $123,000

Supplemental Grants – $151,000

Building a Pathway for Sleep Research and Career Success

Whether you are just starting out, transitioning to a faculty position or an independent researcher looking to secure sleep research funding, the AASM Foundation has a variety of programs to help you every step of the way.






AASM-Accredited Sleep Centers

AASM-Accredited Sleep Centers

Career Development Grants and Programs


Investigator-Initiated Grants

Community Programs

Supplemental Grants

Thanks for your Support

Thank you to all of our grant recipients, volunteers, staff, and donors for their dedication to achieving our vision.