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SRS 2017 Outstanding Early Investigator Award RFA (formerly Young Investigator Award)


Sleep Research Society
Friday, January 6, 2017

The award cycle for the 2017 Outstanding Early Investigator Award is open now through March 1, 2017, Midnight, CT

This award recognizes an outstanding research effort by an early-stage investigator in the field of sleep research. The basis for the evaluation of a candidate is a single peer-reviewed publication supported by a senior investigator’s letter of recommendation. The candidate must be the first author; and the article must be published or accepted for publication in 2016.

The award consists of a plaque and a travel honorarium to be applied toward travel to SLEEP, the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. The plaque and honorarium will be presented at a ceremony at SLEEP 2017, during the SRS Club Hypnos Reception, Sunday evening in Boston, MA.

To be eligible, the candidate must:

  • Be the first author of the original, peer-reviewed publication,
  • Which must have been published or accepted for publication in 2016,
  • Be a member, in good standing, with the SRS,
  • Hold a terminal degree (PhD, MD, DO) and be within 7 years of having obtained such degree, as of the March 1, 2017. If the applicant has taken time away from research and is thus beyond 7 years of having obtained a terminal degree, then the applicant must provide a description of extenuating circumstances (e.g. clinical training, maternity/paternity leave or care of dependents).  

To apply, candidates must submit the completed Application Form, as a single PDF or Word Document, which includes:

  1. Complete citation of the article being submitted
  2. Brief description of the significance of the article
  3. A copy of the published article. If an article is in press at the time of application, a copy of the written notification of the article's acceptance for publication must also be included
  4. The name of a senior investigator proving the letter of recommendation. The senior investigator does not need to be an author on the article, but should be familiar with the candidate's role on the research project
  5. Letter of recommendation precisely describing the role of the applicant in the 1) design, 2) execution, 3) analysis and 4) writing of the article
  6. Brief description of extenuating circumstances, if applicant is not within 7 years of obtaining terminal degree (e.g., medical or family issues, clinical training period)
Repeat applications (that still meet eligibility criteria) from unsuccessful applicants from previous years are encouraged. The SRS Outstanding Early Investigator Award can only be received once by an individual.

Candidates are welcome to apply for the SRS Outstanding Early Investigator Award in addition to the Trainee Merit Awards, but in the event the candidate receives the SRS Outstanding Early Investigator Award, she/he will receive only this award. Multiple awards may be made, dependent on the quality of the applications and availability of funds.

2017 Outstanding Early Investigator Award Application Form

Return complete Application to: coordinator@srsnet.org no later than March 1, 2017, Midnight, CT