Bridge to Success Award for Mid-Career/Senior Investigators


The Bridge to Success for Mid-Career/Senior Investigators Award is designed to assist established sleep investigators who have been independently supported by the NIH or other government research grants for at least five years, but whose recent grant proposals are unlikely to be funded. A Bridge to Success Mid-Career/Senior Investigator Award will provide support for one year to help an independent investigator stay in the field of sleep and circadian research while reapplying for external funding.


  • Sleep scientists (MD, DO, or PhD) who have been independently funded for at least five of the last seven years.  
  • Applicant has submitted at least one NIH grant proposal (or the equivalent in the VA or other federal system) during the current or prior year.  (Note: The proposal must have been for a grant suitable for a mid-career or senior investigator and must have involved a primary focus on basic, translational or clinical sleep or circadian rhythms research.)
  • The application was scored at or above the 40th percentile.
  • The applicant 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 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 application is funded during the Bridge to Success award period, the applicant must notify the ASMF and any unspent funds at the start of the other award must be returned to the ASMF.
  • Applicants with more than one, current federally funded grants (e.g., >1 currently funded R01 and/or VA Merit Review) are not eligible to apply for bridge funding through this mechanism. Applicants with one current, federally funded grant must provide clear justification for why the bridge funds are needed to continue the program of research.
  • 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.) 

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 the 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 application that is responsive to the critique of the original application (including, for example, collection of required preliminary data).
  3. 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. 
  4. Appropriateness of the proposed research to the ASMF mission, which can be viewed at
  5. 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 Mid-Career/Senior Investigators or other ASMF inquires, please contact Laura Bentley, ASMF Coordinator at 630-737-9700 or