Focused Projects – Humanitarian/Educational Award

The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) is pleased to announce the Focused Projects Award (FPA) for Humanitarian and Educational Projects for 2018. These investigator-initiated awards are intended to support projects across a wide variety of topics relevant to sleep medicine that align with the broad mission of the ASMF to enhance sleep health through education and humanitarian aid. Investigators at any career stage are eligible to apply. Humanitarian and Educational projects will be considered under this mechanism and are defined below:

  1. Humanitarian projects address sleep problems in disadvantaged populations. Projects of this nature might include development or promotion of novel approaches to address human suffering in under-served populations related to inadequate or non-restorative sleep, or to sleep disorders in disadvantaged groups.
  2. Educational projects include research or other initiatives that may foster education and training in sleep medicine for medical students, residents and/or practicing physicians through curriculum reform and/or development of educational resources. Projects to improve public health through promotion of healthy sleep practices, increase awareness among primary care providers of sleep disorders and their consequences, or to improve outcomes in education or patient care through patient education will also be considered responsive.


The following individuals, non-profit institutions, or non-profit organizations are eligible to apply:

  1. Individuals such as physicians (MD, DO), psychologists, individuals with doctoral degrees (PhDs), advanced practice nurses, physicians assistants, or other health care providers interested in sleep and sleep health (NOTE: Awards given in response to applications from individuals will be issued as a contract with the individual’s host institution, rather than directly to the individual)
  2. Charitable organizations (e.g., non-profit patient organizations) with tax exempt status, in collaboration with (an) individual(s) listed in #1 above, who must be clearly identified in the application

The ASMF encourages applications from American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) members. If the applicant (organization or individual) is not an AASM member, the applicant will be required to join the AASM prior to initiation of the award and maintain membership throughout the funding period. The ASMF can also help match potential applicants with local sleep experts in accredited sleep centers, hospitals or universities. Please contact Laura Bentley at the ASMF national office (contact information provided above) at least 30 days in advance of the application deadline for assistance.

Structure of Award

The funding request for this award may not exceed $20,000 in total costs (including direct and indirect costs). There are no restrictions on the distribution of expenses; however, indirect costs are capped at 8%. Submitted proposals will be evaluated based on innovation, relevance to the ASMF's goals and potential for success. This award will be a contract between the ASMF and the recipient institution. Salary support will be provided commensurate with the applicant’s current stipend or salary. The ASMF will not fund ongoing projects that are currently funded by another awarding body, and the investigator or organization will be required to make a statement to this effect prior to execution of the contract. These awards are also not intended to supplement ongoing work, for example, by enrolling additional subjects into an ongoing trial. If the proposed research becomes funded by another awarding body during the course of the award, the ASMF must be notified and reserves the right to terminate the award.

All components of the application must be emailed as one .pdf document and received at the ASMF office no later than 11:59 p.m. Central time on September 18, 2017. All applications must be submitted electronically.

The ASMF Executive Board will notify the applicants of their funding decision by December 15, 2017.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the American Sleep Medicine Foundation with questions regarding the Focused Projects Award. Please direct questions to: Laura Bentley, ASMF Assistant (