Young Investigator Research Forum

Online and In-Person | March – June 2024

The Young Investigators Research Forum is a research training program designed to aid the career development of promising early career investigators in circadian and sleep research by providing opportunities to network with senior sleep investigators, exposure funding agencies and sleep funding mechanisms, refine their research ideas, and guidance to thrive in an academic sleep research career.

The Young Investigators Research Forum will allow early-career investigators to interact with senior investigators and officers from federal and nonprofit funding agencies. The forum includes didactic presentations, leadership workshops, small group sessions covering grantsmanship, a mock grant review, and the mentor-mentee relationship. As active participants, attendees can present their research, provide feedback on each other’s research proposals, and review a grant.

Forum Objectives

The AASM Foundation’s Young Investigators Research Forum provides guidance, tactics, and strategies to help early career investigators succeed in sleep research. The forum aims to:

  • Encourage early career investigators to pursue circadian and sleep research in basic, translational, clinical, or population sleep and circadian science.
  • Disseminate important information necessary to pursue a career in circadian and sleep science.
  • Serve as a guide to obtain grant funding.
  • Provide an opportunity to network and establish research mentorship.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Young Investigators Research Forum, trainees will be able to:

  • Understand how to build a successful sleep and circadian research career, foster collaborations, and develop mentorship relationships.
  • Understand the policies and various mechanisms for sleep and circadian research funding.
  • Gain insight into the grant peer review structure and process.
  • Further develop specific aims for a grant proposal.

Continuing Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the ACCME by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine designates the AASM Foundation Young Investigators Research Forum as live activity for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The AMA Council on Medical Education mandates that accredited providers only offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to physicians. Non-physicians will be provided with a letter of attendance indicating the number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ awarded.


Most of the Young Investigators Research Forum is in person in Bethesda, Maryland. Learn more about the venue and travel to this in-person meeting.


Thank you to our Lead Sponsor Avadel and Supporting Sponsor ResMed.

The AASM Foundation would like to thank the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society Foundation for making a special contribution to support the Young Investigators Research Forum 2024.