2020-2021 Annual Report

Anita V. Shelgikar, MD, MHPE

2020-21 President

Challenging times require us to work together in new ways to bring sleep research and career training opportunities to a broader, more diverse population. Our report illustrates how working together is enabling the AASM Foundation to build new partnerships with our peers, allowing us to make a greater impact on the field of sleep medicine and propel it into the future.

Our strategic goals for improving clinical sleep research and sleep health

Goal 1

Improve Patient-Centered Sleep Care Through High-Impact Research

Awarded $850,000 in new clinical research funding

Created a COVID-19 Relief Funding Grant to provide funding for expenses resulting from the unanticipated effects of the pandemic

Goal 2

Develop the Careers of Sleep and Circadian Investigators

Launched the 2020-2021 Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers

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

Goal 3

Increase Engagement of Current and Potential Stakeholders

Launched virtual activities like Friendsgiving to update donors and volunteers about our program expansion

Launched our new Sleep Champion Award program to highlight successful non-profit organizations

Snapshot of Achievements

February

Debuted our new booth at the TRENDS meeting in Tampa, FL

April

Launched a virtual Young Investigators Research Forum program

May

Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. received the inaugural Sleep Champion Award

June

Anita V. Shelgikar MD, MHPE became the AASM Foundation’s 13th President

August

Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers launched

November

Friendsgiving Virtual Event launched year-end fundraising campaign

Revamped Sleep Medicine Fellow Funding Grant launched

Leslie Swanson, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan

“With the AASM Foundation Bridge to Success Grant for Mid-Career/Senior Investigators, I have been able to refine my approach and methods, and to maintain and further strengthen my research infrastructure in preparation for independent funding.”

Recipient of the following AASM Foundation Research Grants:

  • COVID-19 Relief Funding Grant (2020)
  • Bridge to Success Grant for Mid-Career/Senior Investigators (2019)
  • Strategic Research Grant (2017)

Eric Landsness, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

“Thanks to the AASM Foundation’s support, I am now pursuing the goal of designing sleep-focused treatments for patients suffering from neurological disorders and starting my own research lab.”

Recipient of the following AASM Foundation Research Grants:

  • Physician Scientist Training Grant (2018)
  • Bridge to Success Grant for Early Career Investigators (2018)

Approved for the 2020-2021 Program Cycle

Career Development Grants – $752,346.94

ABSM Junior Faculty Grant – $99,855 (1 recipient)

Bridge to Success Grant for Early Career Investigators – $299,999 (3 recipients)

Bridge to Success Grant for Mid-Career/Senior Investigators – $99,884 (1 recipient)

Focused Projects Grant for Junior Investigators – $39,998 (2 recipients)

Sleep Medicine Fellow Funding Grant – $212,610 (3 recipients)

Investigator-Initiated Grants

Strategic Research Grant – $849,719 (4 recipients)

Community Programs – $76,335

Community Sleep Health Grant – $71,335 (4 recipients)

Sleep Champion Award – $5,000 (1 recipient)

Training Programs – $51,193

Young Investigators Research Forum – $19,283 (31 participants)

Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers – $37,910 (5 participants)

Supplemental Grants

COVID-19 Relief Funding Grant – $73,752 (9 recipients)

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.

Researchers

Physicians

Physicians

Non-Profit

Non-Profits

AASM-Accredited Sleep Centers

AASM-Accredited Sleep Centers

Career Development Grants and Programs

New Collaborations

Investigator-Initiated Grants

Community Programs

New Supplemental Grants

Thanks for your Support

The AASM Foundation is thankful for the support of our grant and award recipients, volunteers, staff and donors because their contributions are helping us achieve our vision. 

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