The AASM Foundation is committed to growing the pipeline of sleep scientists through its high-impact research training event, the Young Investigators Research Forum. The three-day career-building research retreat brings together early career investigators and renowned sleep investigators at the home of the National Institutes of Health: Bethesda, Maryland. Over the past 12 years, the forum has equipped more than 250 early career investigators with the guidance, tactics, and strategies necessary for a successful career in clinical sleep research.

The Young Investigators Research Forum 2020 will be held April 1-3, 2020 and boasts a new venue and agenda with various interactive sessions and networking opportunities.

The Bethesdan Hotel
8120 Wisconsin Avenue | Bethesda, MD 20814

Day 1

The Great Sleep Scientist

  • Building Your Professional Brand
  • Collaboration and Team Science
  • Writing and Submitting a Scientific Paper
  • Mentor/Mentee Relationships

Interactive Session:
Research Elevator Pitch

Day 2

Funding Your Research

  • NIH Policies
  • Sleep Funding Mechanisms at the NIH
  • NIH Grant Competition
  • NIH Panel and Group Discussion
  • Foundations and Other Funding Sources

Interactive Session:
Refine Your Biosketch and Specific Aims Page

Day 3

The Academic Environment

  • Negotiating for an Academic Position
  • Thriving in Academia
  • Balancing Your Career and Life

Interactive Session:
Mock NIH Grant Review

“You can expect three days of intensive mentorship and career development from today’s greatest thought leaders and researchers in sleep and circadian science, and networking with tomorrow’s future leaders and pioneers, as peers.” said Azizi Seixas, PhD, Chair of the Young Investigators Research Forum. “This research forum is a once in a lifetime event that the AASM Foundation offers. Come extend your academic ecosystem with some of the top researchers and clinicians in the field.”

Ready to ignite your sleep research career? Apply for the Young Investigators Research Forum 2020! Applications are due November 29, 2019. Post-docs, clinical fellows, and junior faculty are selected through a competitive application process based on their commitment to a sleep research career. Selected attendees will be awarded a scholarship that includes travel, lodging, and food expenses paid by the AASM Foundation.


The mission of the AASM Foundation is to promote discoveries that advance the understanding of sleep for healthier lives. Contributions directly support the AASM Foundation’s programs, including the Young Investigators Research Forum, that are expanding the pipeline of sleep clinician scientists by providing research training for early career investigators.

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