Physician Scientist Training Award


The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) is pleased to announce the 2018 Physician Scientist Training Award (PSTA). The PSTA is an award opportunity which provides funding for a one-year mentored sleep and circadian 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must identify a primary research mentor with the skills, knowledge and resources to provide mentorship to the applicant in sleep and circadian research.
  • 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 based on recommendations of the review committee. Factors that will be taken into consideration include:

  1. Applicant’s experience and interest in sleep and circadian research,
  2. Availability of resources necessary to complete the proposed project (including the commitment and experience of the mentor),
  3. Feasibility and scientific merit of the research plan, 
  4. The training and mentorship plan,
  5. Responsiveness to the current RFA and appropriateness of the proposed research to the ASMF mission, and
  6. 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.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by the ASMF national office  by 11:59 p.m. 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 Physician Scientist Training Award or other ASMF inquires, please contact Laura Bentley, ASMF Coordinator at 630-737-9700 or