Physician Scientist Training Award

The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) is pleased to announce the 2017 cycle for the Physician Scientist Training Award (PSTA).

The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) is pleased to announce an award opportunity to support a one-year mentored sleep research project following a clinical sleep medicine fellowship. The award may be used to cover expenses associated with research and training, such as applicant salary support, supplies, participant incentives and other project or training costs. Please review the eligibility criteria for further details.

Sleep medicine is a relatively young field with a limited number of physician scientists in training. ACGME fellowship programs have been developed to increase the pool of well-trained clinicians, but the need for training sleep physician scientists remains unmet. Physician scientists are vital to the development of tools, techniques and treatments in sleep medicine, as well as to serve as teachers and mentors to the next generation of sleep medicine clinicians and researchers.


  • Physicians (MD or DO) who are certified in sleep medicine by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, or have completed their sleep medicine fellowship within the past 10 years, or who are currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited sleep medicine fellowship program are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must identify a primary research mentor with the skills, knowledge and resources to provide mentorship to the applicant in sleep research.
  • Applicants are encouraged to join the American Academy of Sleep Medicine at the time of application. Successful applicants must be members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine at time of acceptance of the award, and membership must be maintained for the duration of the award.
  • Individuals who have received an ASMF SRA 1 or 2 as PI are not eligible to apply for career development awards or junior faculty awards (except mid-career awards).
  • 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).

Requirements for Application – Support of a Mentor

  • Applicants must develop a research/training plan in association with a mentor who is a sleep scientist.
  • Applications with additional mentors who are not sleep scientists are allowed.
  • The applicant is responsible for securing the support of a mentor (and co-mentor, if applicable), who must submit a letter of support (Form 4) with the completed application.
  • The mentor must agree to provide responsible oversight of the research, training and any regulatory compliance for this award, and ensuring that there are adequate resources and institutional support for the applicant to perform the research and training activities. Attestation of the availability of needed resources must be included in the mentor’s letter of support.

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 based on recommendations of the review committee. Factors that will be taken into consideration include:

  • Applicant’s experience and interest in sleep research,
  • Availability of resources necessary to complete the proposed project (including the commitment and experience of the mentor),
  • Feasibility and scientific merit of the research plan,
  • The training and mentorship plan,
  • Responsiveness to the current RFA and appropriateness of the proposed research to the ASMF mission, and
  • The anticipated relationship between the funds provided and expected outcomes.

The Board encourages applications from institutions that have not received an ASMF PSTA award in the past and will consider geographic, institutional and individual diversity in making funding decisions.

Download PSTA Application

Application Deadline

Candidates must complete the application process by 11:59 p.m. Central Time January 9, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the award decision by April 2017.

For questions about the Physician Scientist Training Award or other ASMF inquires, please contact Laura Bentley, ASMF Coordinator at 630-737-9700 or