We are now accepting letters of intent for the 2024 Strategic Research Grant: Sleep Health Disparities Research. This is a focused funding opportunity is open to sleep health disparities research projects among disadvantaged populations in the United States: racial/ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minority populations. Only applications that fit into one or more of these research domains and topic areas will be considered.

  1. Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Disorders

There is a need to increase access and effectiveness of sleep disorder screening and sleep healthcare services among disadvantaged groups across the lifespan, including pediatric populations. Research topics that fall under screening, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing approaches to promote screening of poor sleep and sleep disorders among disadvantaged populations in various settings.
  • Projects that expand access to sleep disorder diagnosis for underrepresented communities.
  • Projects that increase access to treatment and improve outcomes of sleep disorders among disadvantaged patients.
  1. Development and Evaluation of Interventions

There is a need to develop and evaluate innovative, multi-level (patient, provider, health system) interventions that are relevant, culturally acceptable, sustainable, and scalable to targeted disadvantaged groups across the lifespan, including pediatric populations. Research topics that fall under interventions to address sleep health disparities include, but are not limited to:

  • Preventive sleep medicine interventions that target disadvantaged populations early in the life course.
  • Interventions designed to improve sleep health awareness in disadvantaged populations.
  • Adapt and develop evidence-based, culturally appropriate interventions across the life course for disadvantaged populations.
  • Evaluate existing sleep health and sleep disorders interventions and their economic impact, benefits/harms and/or the values and preferences of these interventions for disadvantaged populations.

Letters of intent are due October 23, 2023. For full information on eligibility and this funding opportunity, visit: https://foundation.aasm.org/strategic-research-award/