Bridge to Success Award for Early Career Investigators


The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) “Bridge to Success” awards are designed to provide ‘bridge’ funding to promising early-career sleep scientists who have applied for a career development award such as a K-award grant from the NIH, a Career Development Award from the VA, or an equivalent career development grant from another federal or non-federal entity. Individuals who previously submitted an application for review, but whose applications are unlikely to be within the funding range, are eligible to apply. The intent of these awards is to provide support during the period of time needed for revision and resubmission of a promising application or to provide funds to support collection of preliminary or pilot data in response to reviewer critiques.


  • Sleep scientists (MD, DO, or PhD) who have applied for a multi-year career development award from the NIH, VA or another awarding body in the field of sleep or circadian science in 2016 or 2017 that was scored in the peer-review process but fell below (or is likely to fall below) the funding agency’s pay line. Applicants must have received a summary statement and priority score reflecting that their application is unlikely to receive funding and a revision will be necessary.
  • Successful applicants must be members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine at the time of acceptance of the award, and membership must be maintained for the duration of the award. Applicants are encouraged to join the AASM at the time of application. 
  • Individuals who receive funding through the Bridge to Success mechanism must plan to resubmit their K/CDA or equivalent application within one year of receipt of initial funding from the ASMF, and this timeline must be included within the application materials (see below). Since these grants are intended as bridge support, if the NIH/VA or equivalent award is received, the applicant must notify the ASMF and any unspent funds at the start of the other award must be returned to the ASMF.
  • Individuals who have received an ASMF SRA I or II as the PI are not eligible to apply for career development awards or junior faculty awards (except for the Bridge to Success award for Mid-Career/Senior Investigators). 
  • Individuals may receive only one CDA/Junior Faculty award from the ASMF. Individuals may apply for multiple awards, but may accept only one. (Note: Individuals who have received a CDA/Junior Faculty Award are encouraged to apply for ASMF strategic research awards; however, the investigator must demonstrate that there is no budgetary or scientific overlap between the CDA and SRA projects.)
  • Individuals who have received independent research funding of more than $150,000 are not eligible to apply. This does not apply to post-doctoral/fellowship level training grants primarily covering the applicant’s salary (e.g. NRSAs).

Award Review Criteria and Process

An award review committee appointed by the ASMF Executive Committee will evaluate and score proposals. Final funding decisions will be made by the ASMF Board of Directors. Factors that will be taken into consideration include:
  1. The critiques within original summary statement and the likelihood that a revised application will be competitive for funding.
  2. A clear and feasible plan for resubmission of a competitive K/CDA/equivalent grant application that is responsive to the critique of the original application (including, for example, collection of required preliminary data).
  3. A clear and feasible plan for research and ongoing career development during the Bridge to Success award period, including continued involvement in academic sleep medicine.
  4. Clear evidence that a primary mentor with relevant expertise in sleep and circadian research and sufficient time to dedicate to the applicant will provide mentorship during the Bridge to Success award period.
  5. A clear plan for continued involvement in a mentored training plan (potentially including formal training or courses) directed towards a successful career path in sleep and circadian research during the Bridge award period.
  6. The applicant’s experience and availability of resources within the applicant’s institution necessary to complete the work proposed within the Bridge to Success award.
  7. Appropriateness of the proposed research to the ASMF mission, which can be viewed at
  8. The anticipated relationship between the funds provided and expected outcomes.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by the ASMF national office by 11:59 pm Central time, November 27, 2017 for this cycle. All applications must be submitted electronically. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed or considered for funding.

For questions about the Bridge to Success Award for Early Career Investigators or other ASMF inquires, please contact Laura Bentley, ASMF Coordinator at 630-737-9700 or