Now Accepting Applications!

Issue Date: September 9, 2019
Submission Due Date: November 25, 2019 by 11:59 CT
Award Selection Notification: By April 10, 2020
Period of Performance: 2 years
Amount of Award: Up to $100,000 per award
Contact: AASM Foundation
2510 N. Frontage Road
Darien, IL 60561
Phone: 630-737-9724
E-mail: foundation@aasm.org

The American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) Junior Faculty Award is for physicians (MD or DO) with faculty appointments who have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved sleep medicine fellowship within the last 10 years. This award provides an opportunity to support a 2-year mentored sleep and circadian research project for early-career faculty who are physician scientists in sleep medicine.

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The ABSM Junior Faculty Award program provides $100,000 over two years for up to two applicants per year. There are no restrictions on the distribution of expenses, however, indirect costs are capped at 8%. The award is a contract between the AASM Foundation and the awardee’s institution. A sample contract is available here.

Eligibility for Career Development Awards offered by the AASM Foundation can be found here.

The following individuals are eligible to apply:

Physicians (MD or DO) who are certified in sleep medicine by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, are within 10 years post sleep medicine fellowship and hold a faculty appointment are eligible to apply.

  • We encourage applicants to be members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
  • Applicants must identify a research mentor with the skills, knowledge and resources to provide mentorship to the applicant in sleep and circadian research.
  • Individuals who have received an AASM Foundation Strategic Research Award Category I or II as the principal investigator are not eligible to apply for career development awards (except for the Bridge to Success award for mid-career/senior investigators).
  • Individuals who have received independent research funding of more than $150,000 are not eligible to apply. This does not apply to post-doctoral/ fellowship level training grants primarily covering the applicant’s salary (e.g. NRSAs).
  • Individuals may apply for multiple AASM Foundation Career Development Awards (CDAs) but may only hold one active AASM Foundation CDA at a time.

Note: Individuals who have an AASM Foundation CDA are encouraged to apply for other AASM Awards; however, the investigator must demonstrate that there is no budgetary or scientific overlap between the projects.

Please note that the AASM Foundation 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, for enrolling additional subjects into an ongoing trial.

An award review committee, appointed by the AASM Foundation Executive Committee, will evaluate and score all submitted applications. Factors that will be taken into consideration include:

  1. Significance: Significance of planned research in addressing important questions related to sleep, sleep disorders or sleep health.
  2. Experience and Appropriateness of Mentors: Plan for mentorship will facilitate applicant’s success and key personnel are well-suited for the project.
  3. Career Development Activities and Goals: Planned research and mentorship will fill gaps in applicant’s knowledge, skillset, and abilities.
  4. Approach: Planned research (overall strategy, methodology, and analyses) is scientifically sound, plan addresses protection of human subjects from research risks and inclusion/exclusion of individuals justified (if applicable).
  5. Environment: Institutional support and availability of equipment and other physical resources for the planned research.
  6. Appropriateness: What will be achieved with the funds and how it will enhance the applicant’s career trajectory.

Only materials submitted within the application will be used in the evaluation of applications. The AASM Foundation Executive Committee will submit funding recommendations to the AASM Foundation Board of Directors based on the Award Review Committee scores. The AASM Foundation Board of Directors will make the final funding decisions.

Payment #1 – Upon execution of contract 90%
Payment #2 – Upon receipt and approval of Final Report 10%

If unique circumstances are explained in the budget justification of the applicant’s proposal, the Board of Directors will consider requests for an alternate payment schedule, with a maximum variance of 10%.

Note: Once awarded, reallocation of funds of <10% do not require approval.

The AASM Foundation intends the ABSM Junior Faculty Award to aid new faculty in the development of a career in academic sleep medicine.

Applicants are expected to address the specific aims as described in the application. Major modification of the proposed aims requires AASM Foundation Board of Directors or Executive Committee approval.

The expected results and deliverables should be clearly stated in the application. The applicant must submit progress and final reports during the project period, describing project activities and results, as outlined below. Failure to meet the deliverables or submit progress or final reports may result in termination of project funding

Progress Reports Every six months
Final Report Within 90 days of award completion

Outcomes evaluation is an essential component of this award. All proposals must identify the goals and appropriate outcomes measures of the research. The outcomes should align with the goals and objectives stated in the applicant’s proposal for this award. The AASM Foundation intends that the research funded by this award will lead to the publication of original research in peer-reviewed journals.

If using human or animal subjects, the applicant will be responsible for obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and use Committee (IACUC) approval. The IRB or IACUC letter of approval for the specified project must be on file with the AASM Foundation office prior to the execution of the contract. No funds will be released for the project without receipt of written approval by an IRB or IACUC. Failure to obtain IRB or IACUC approval will result in retraction of the award.

Step 1: AASM Foundation Grant Request registration
To apply for this award, you must register on AASM Foundation Grant Request. Please refer to the AASM Foundation Grant Request User Access Guide for guidance on setting-up an account.

Step 2: Complete application

ACCESS THE 2019 ABSM JUNIOR FACULTY AWARD (CYCLE 2) APPLICATION

Full applications must be completed and submitted through AASM Foundation Grant Request. Instructions for required forms are available via the online submission system.

We encourage potential applicants to contact us early in the application process with questions. Eligibility questions may need to be reviewed by a member of the AASM Foundation Executive Committee, so please allow for at least a 1-week response time for eligibility questions. For all other inquiries, please allow a minimum of two business days for a response. Please note that questions received within 48 hours of an application deadline may not be answered before the deadline.