The AASM Foundation’s vision for society and the field of sleep medicine is to create Healthier Lives Through Better Sleep. A goal of the AASM Foundation is to grow and support the pipeline of sleep scientists by investing in the research careers of new investigators.

The AASM Foundation recently unveiled a new program aimed at increasing the number of early-career investigators who successfully apply for external sleep research funding: Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers (SOAR).

As part of the 10-month SOAR, early career investigators who are invited to the program will be matched with a senior sleep researcher who will serve as their grantmaking mentor for the duration of the program. Additionally, participants in the SOAR will be provided the following:

  • Monthly interactive webinars focused on various aspects of preparing a grant application
  • Discretionary funds of up to $3,000 to be used towards activities and/or training for developing and submitting a competitive application to the funding agency of their choice
  • A travel scholarship for the SOAR Mid-year Grant Writing Retreat in Miami, Florida, which will provide 1:1 in-person time with their SOAR mentor and the ability to network with fellow peers and senior sleep researchers
  • A travel scholarship for SLEEP 2021 in Seattle, Washington, which will include complimentary registration and the opportunity to present an abstract

At the conclusion of the SOAR, early-career investigators will have the skills and resources necessary to successfully apply for their first National Institutes of Health (NIH), Veteran Affairs (VA) or AASM Foundation career development grant, or an equivalent award.

“This new program will provide support at a critical juncture of an early investigator’s sleep research career, and in turn, strengthen the pipeline of sleep scientists who go on to address pressing gaps in knowledge related to translational sleep and circadian science and evidence-based care for patients with sleep disorders,” said Dr. James Rowley, AASM Foundation President.

Eligible applicants include physicians and researchers who are within 10 years of completing their training or are currently clinical fellows or post-doctoral fellows. Successful applicants will be selected based on their contribution to science, research goals, career plan, and mentoring needs.

Complete information about the Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers is available on the AASM Foundation website.


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