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

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Omonigho M. Bubu MD, MPH, PhD
NYU Grossman School of Medicine

SOAR Mentor: Brendan Lucey, MD, MSCI

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Lu Dong, PhD, MHS
RAND Corporation

SOAR Mentor: Michael Grandner, PhD, MTR

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Sonya S. Kaur, PhD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

SOAR Mentor: Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD

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Jack S. Peltz, PhD
Daemen College

SOAR Mentor: Safwan Badr, MD, MBA

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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:

  • Discretionary funds of up to $3,000
  • Travel scholarship that includes travel, lodging, and food expenses paid by the AASM Foundation for the mid-year grant writing retreat
  • Travel scholarship that includes travel, lodging, and registration expenses paid by the AASM Foundation for SLEEP 2021

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.

Download the 2020-2021 Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers Curriculum

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:

  1. Contribution to Science: Clear commitment to an academic sleep research career through publication and project efforts, and training to date.
  2. Research Goals:Current or planned research is scientifically sound.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Meet the 2020 SOAR Mentors

Safwan Badr, MD, MBA
Wayne State

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Susmita Chowdhuri, MD, MS
Wayne State & Detroit VAMC

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Constance Fung, MD, MSHS
UCLA/VA Greater Los Angeles

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Michael Grandner, PhD, MTR
University of Arizona

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Nalaka Gooneratne, MD
University of Pennsylvania

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Brendan Lucey, MD, MSCI
Washington University

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Louise O’Brien, PhD, MS
Michigan Medicine

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Abdulghani Sankari, MD, PhD
Wayne State

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Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD
Northwestern University

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Jamie Zeitzer, PhD
Stanford University

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