About the American Sleep Medicine Foundation

Founded in 1998, the American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable and scientific organization that was established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Originally called the Sleep Medicine Education and Research Foundation, the Foundation’s name was changed to the ASMF in 2003.

Since its inception, the Foundation has invested in the future of sleep medicine by supporting more than 170 awards totaling over $12 million in funding. The ASMF portfolio includes Strategic Research Awards (SRAs), Focused Projects Humanitarian/Educational Awards and Career Development Awards (CDAs).


The vision of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) is to enhance sleep health for all through research, education and humanitarian aid.


The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) will be the leading foundation promoting sleep research and education by:

  • Supporting the entry of young physicians and scientists into sleep research and academic sleep medicine
  • Funding strategic research
  • Supporting research and other initiatives that educate the public about sleep, sleep disorders and the individual and public health consequences of inadequate or disturbed sleep
  • Providing humanitarian aid to disadvantaged individuals with sleep disorders


2016 Donors
The ASMF is grateful for the generous support of the donors who made contributions in 2016.

2016 Reviewers
The ASMF is grateful for the time and efforts of the 2016 award reviewers who reviewed and scored applications.

Foundation Information

Board of Directors and Executive Board manage ASMF programs and activities.

Operating rules of the ASMF last revised June 2013.

2016 Annual Report
Detailed summary of ASMF activity in 2016.

List of Past Recipients
List of ASMF award recipients from 2000 to present.

Disaster Relief

The AASM Foundation Disaster Relief Fund was established in 2005 through the generous donations of AASM members, industry and the AASM. These funds are intended to aid sleep centers that have lost their ability to operate and provide patient care due to devastating damages to their facilities in the wake of natural disasters.

This invaluable financial assistance offered to affected sleep centers helps to ensure that medical care remains available to the sleep patients that need it, even in these times of crisis. Based on AASM members alerting us about the scope and extent of the needs in their local communities and centers, resources can be directed to these areas to aid in recovery of sleep center operations so that local patient care services can resume as quickly as possible.

If your sleep center has recently been affected by natural disasters and you are in need of financial assistance, please complete and submit the Disaster Relief Fund application (http://discoversleep.org/aid.aspx) for consideration of funding. Please note that these funds are limited to AASM accredited sleep centers.

If you would like to contribute towards the Disaster Relief fund, please visit the Donate page.

Disaster Relief Funds were made available to AASM accredited sleep centers during the aftermath of several natural disasters, including:

  • August 2005 - Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast states with devastating force, lashing the coast with 140-mile-per-hour winds and producing overwhelming floods. It was one of the most destructive natural disasters in U.S. history.
  • January 2010 - a catastrophic earthquake devastated much of Haiti impacting nearly one-third of the country’s total population. Over one million were left homeless in the immediate aftermath and urban areas were left devastated by the earthquake and its aftershocks.
  • August-October 2017 - Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit several Southern states and Puerto Rico causing deadly flooding and displacing thousands of people from their homes and communities.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to serve as an ASMF award reviewer, please contact the ASMF at info@discoversleep.com for more information.

ASMF Affiliated Sites

American Academy
of Sleep Medicine
  Sleep Education
  SLEEP Annual Meeting
  Journal of Clinical
Sleep Medicine (JCSM)