Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers

Next Issue Date: February 6, 2023
Next Application Due Date: March 20, 2022 by 11:59 pm ET
Next Selection Notification: By June 30, 2023
Start/End of 2023-2024 SOAR Fellowship: August 7, 2023 – June 2024
2023-2024 Grant Writing Symposia Dates and Venue: TBD

Amount of Funding:
Selected SOAR fellows will be awarded:

  • Discretionary funds of up to $3,000
  • A travel scholarship that includes travel, lodging and food expenses paid by the AASM Foundation for the mid-year grant writing symposia
  • A travel scholarship that includes travel, lodging and registration expenses paid by the AASM Foundation for SLEEP 2023

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers. Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort will open in February 2023. Please check back for additional details or subscribe to the mailing list to receive updates on AASM Foundation programs. The 2022-2023 Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers Application Overview is available here for informational purposes only.

In an effort to expand the field of sleep medicine with highly qualified researchers that will lead breakthrough discoveries in circadian science and sleep research, the AASM Foundation is committed to the growing and supporting the pipeline of sleep scientists by investing in the research careers of new investigators through mentorship and grantsmanship training opportunities.

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, Veteran Affairs, AASM Foundation career development grant, or equivalent award.

This AASM Foundation program is supported by ResMed.

Meet the 2022-2023 SOAR Fellows and Mentors

Rebecca C. Cox, PhD
University of Colorado, Boulder

SOAR Mentor: Meredith Coles, PhD

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Meredith Coles, PhD
Binghamton University

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Catherine Heinzinger, DO
Cleveland Clinic

SOAR Mentor:  M. Safwan Badr, MD, MBA

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M. Safwan Badr, MD, MBA
Wayne State University

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Emily Hokett, PhD
Columbia University

SOAR Mentor: Ricardo Osorio, MD

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Ricardo Osorio, MD
NYU Grossman School of Medicine

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Alisa Huskey, PhD
University of Arizona

SOAR Mentor: Daniel J. Buysse, MD

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Daniel J. Buysse, MD
University of Pittsburgh

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Daniel S. Joyce, PhD
University of Nevada, Reno

SOAR Mentor: Helen Burgess, PhD

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Helen Burgess, PhD
University of Michigan

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About the Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers

The tentative 2022-2023 Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers curriculum can be found below.

2022-2023 SLEEP RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR ADVANCING CAREERS CURRICULUM

The Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers provides a travel scholarship for the 2023 Grant Writing Symposia in Miami, FL and SLEEP 2023 in Indianapolis, IN. 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.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on travel, in-person events may be held virtually. Selected applicants will be notified if the in-person events will need to be held virtually at the start of program.

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 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.
  • Must members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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.
  • Individuals who are at an institution outside of the United States.

Step 1: AASM Foundation Grant Request registration

To apply for the Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers, 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. For an overview of the information that is requested on the application form, please view the 2022-2023 Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers Application Outline.

 Step 2: Complete application

 ACCESS THE 2022-2023 SLEEP RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR ADVANCING CAREERS APPLICATION

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.

Alumni

SOAR Fellows SOAR Mentors

Judite Blanc, PhD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Mentor: Daniel J. Buysse, MD

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Daniel J. Buysse, MD
University of Pittsburgh

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Maya Elias, PhD, RN
University of Miami School of Nursing and Health
Mentor: Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD

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Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD
Northwestern University

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Sarah E. Emert, PhD
The University of Arizona
Mentor: Rachel Manber, PhD

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Rachel Manber, PhD
Stanford University

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Anna E. Mullins, PhD, RPSGT
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mentor: Elizabeth B. Klerman, MD, PhD

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Elizabeth B. Klerman, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School

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Sonja G. Schütz, MD, MS, MSc
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Mentor: Neomi Shah, MD, MPH, MSc

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Neomi Shah, MD, MPH, MSc
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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SOAR Fellows SOAR Mentors

Mihaela Bazalakova, MD, PhD
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Mentor: Louise O’Brien, PhD, MS

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Louise O’Brien, PhD, MS
Michigan Medicine

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Omonigho M. Bubu MD, MPH, PhD
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Mentor: Brendan Lucey, MD, MSCI

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Brendan Lucey, MD, MSCI
Washington University

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Lu Dong, PhD, MHS
RAND Corporation
Mentor: Michael Grandner, PhD, MTR

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Michael Grandner, PhD, MTR
University of Arizona

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Sonya S. Kaur, PhD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Mentor: Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD

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Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD
Northwestern University

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Jack S. Peltz, PhD
Daemen College
Mentor: M. Safwan Badr, MD, MBA

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M. Safwan Badr, MD, MBA
Wayne State University

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