Scheduled Issue Date: April 26, 2021*
Scheduled Submission Due Date: June 7, 2021 by 11:59 CT*
Scheduled Award Selection Notification: By October 29, 2021*
Period of Performance: 1 year
Amount of Award: Up to $100,000 per award

*Dates are subject to change by the AASM Foundation Board of Directors

The Physician Scientist Training Award (PSTA) provides an opportunity to support a one-year mentored sleep and circadian research project following a clinical sleep medicine fellowship. Through the PSTA program, the AASM Foundation seeks to address this gap year and provide mentored research training for physicians who wish to pursue careers as physician scientists in sleep medicine.

The Physician Scientist Training Award provides funds for one year and can be for up to $100,000 per award. The funds can be used for research expenses such as salary support (commensurate with current stipends or salaries), supplies, participant costs and institutional overhead. 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 board-eligible or board-certified in sleep medicine by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties or American Osteopathic Association and have completed their sleep medicine fellowship within the past 10 years, OR who are currently enrolled in or accepted into an ACGME-accredited sleep medicine fellowship program 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 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 received an AASM Foundation CDA are encouraged to apply for an AASM Foundation Strategic Research Award; however, the investigator must demonstrate that there is no budgetary or scientific overlap between the CDA and SRA projects.
  • 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 must not have a financial conflict of interest or incur significant financial benefit from the proposed work above and beyond the work itself.

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.

Applicants are allowed a single resubmission of an original and unfunded Physician Scientist Training Award application within 12 months of receipt of the original application notification. If resubmitting an original and unfunded application, the applicant must still meet all eligibility criteria listed under the Eligibility section of this request for applications. The resubmission MUST include a response to the reviewers of the original application; resubmissions that do not include this response will NOT be reviewed.

Note: Resubmission of an original application for one award program across another award program is not permitted.

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%. Reallocation of funds of <10% do not require approval.

The AASM Foundation intends the Physician Scientist Training Award to support the AASM Foundation’s mission and assist in the growth of physician scientists in the field of sleep and circadian research. All proposals should have clearly outlined products such as larger grant applications (e.g., career development or independent research grants from NIH or other federal agencies; applications for funding from other sources). The Foundation also intends that the award will lead to the publication of original research in peer-reviewed journals.

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.