Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers
The Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers is to launch the research careers of sleep and circadian investigators. By the end of the 10-month Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers, early career investigators will have the skills and resources necessary to successfully apply for a National Institutes of Health (NIH), Veteran Affairs (VA), AASM Foundation career development grant, or equivalent award.
Meet the 2020-2021 SOAR Fellows
Mihaela Bazalakova, MD, PhD
University of Wisconsin, Madison
SOAR Mentor: Louise O’Brien, PhD, MS
Omonigho M. Bubu MD, MPH, PhD
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
SOAR Mentor: Brendan Lucey, MD, MSCI
Sonya S. Kaur, PhD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
SOAR Mentor: Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD
2020 Application Information
|Issue Date:||March 30, 2020|
|Application Due Date:||May 22, 2020 by 11:59 pm|
|Award Selection Notification:||By July 17, 2020|
|Start of SOAR Fellowship:||August 10, 2020|
|End of SOAR Fellowship:||June 16, 2021|
|Amount of Award:|
|Selected SOAR fellows will be awarded:
The tentative 2020-2021 Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers curriculum can be found below. Note that dates for activities will be finalized mid-summer 2020.
The Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers provides a travel scholarship for the 2021 Mid-Year Grant Writing Retreat in Miami, FL and SLEEP 2021 in Seattle, WA. It will also provide 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.
The following individuals are eligible to apply:
- Physicians (MD or DO) who are board-eligible or board-certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine or by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties and have completed their sleep medicine fellowship within the past 10 years, or who are currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited sleep medicine fellowship program are eligible to apply.
- Researchers (PhD or other similar doctoral degree) who are within 10 years of completing their post-doctoral training or who are current post-doctoral fellows.
The following individuals are NOT eligible to apply:
- Individuals who have received a career development award (NIH K grant, VA Career Development Award, AASM Foundation Career Development Award, or equivalent), or independent research funding (NIH R01 or equivalent) are not eligible to apply.
The AASM Foundation Research Fellowship Committee will evaluate and score all submitted applications. Factors that will be taken into consideration include:
- Contribution to Science: Clear commitment to an academic sleep research career through publication and project efforts, and training to date.
- Research Goals:Current or planned research is scientifically sound.
- Career Plan: Focused future career goals in sleep research. Clear career development award/grant identified and how submitting grant application at the end of the Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers will facilitate advancement in sleep research.
- Mentoring Expectations/Needs:Clear need for mentoring through the SOAR. Plan and expectations for how SOAR mentor will help fill gaps in knowledge, skillset, and abilities.
- Appropriateness: How participation in the SOAR will enhance the applicant’s career trajectory in successfully applying for extramural career development funding.
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. Full applications must be completed and submitted through AASM Foundation Grant Request. Instructions for required forms are available via the online submission system.