SRS Mentor-Mentee Program


Overview

The goal of the SRS Mentoring Program Awards is to link trainees and early stage investigators to opportunities which are not available from their institutions with three distinct offerings. Please attend to details of each offering, with special attention to deadlines in March and October.

SRS Mentor Mentee Award

The goal of the SRS Mentor Mentee Award is to link trainees with limited sleep/circadian mentoring options in their chosen field of interest to mentors that can provide rich, face-to-face opportunities in state-of-the-art research techniques and methods. The mentor-mentee relationship should also extend beyond the face-to-face portion and, as appropriate, include career guidance via ongoing phone or web based meetings over the course of the funded year. These opportunities may be in the United States or abroad as long as both participants are active SRS Members.

Scope of Support

The program is intended to grow the field of sleep researchers. We anticipate up to five awards of <$3,500 will be given for travel related expenses. Fewer awards could be given depending on available funds and quality of applications. It is understood that the mentor will participate at no cost to this program. Early stage investigators in an institution that has current funding for trainees (e.g. sleep-related training grant; T32) are not eligible.

Duration

The duration of the award is one year, with a minimum of one-week on-site with Mentor and expected to continue via phone or video contact at least monthly.


SRS/ASA Collaborative Mentor Mentee Award

The goal of the Sleep Research Society/Australasian Sleep Association International Mentor-Mentee Program is to link trainees from institutions with limited sleep/circadian mentoring options in their chosen field of interest to mentors that can provide rich, face-to-face opportunities in state of-the-art research techniques and methods. The program is intended to grow the field of sleep researchers. For SRS member applicants the mentor must be located in a different country and an ASA Member, but mentor need not be a member of the SRS.

Scope of Support

The program is intended to grow the field of sleep researchers. Awards of ≤$7,000 USD/≤$9,000 AUD will be given to up to one (1) mentee for travel related expenses. Early stage investigators in an institution that has current funding for trainees (e.g. sleep-related training grant; T32) are not eligible. While both SRS and ASA mentee opportunities exist, respective organizations will manage and award their respective mentee opportunity.


Grant Guidance with a Guru Award

Past Presidents of the Sleep Research Society have graciously offered their time and expertise to give directed guidance in the NIH Grant Writing process. This relationship is intended to last during the writing, review and revision process for one major NIH grant and may be accomplished through telecommunication or in person visits. If travel is necessary, funding may be requested for a maximum of up to $500 per applicant. These opportunities are only for US Residents currently.

Scope of Support

This program is intended to greatly improve the success of first time grant writers. Awards must include an SRS Past President as mentor and be <$500 in funds if travel is necessary for the mentee. It is understood that the Past President will participate at no cost to the SRS. Early stage investigators in an institution that has current funding for trainees (e.g. sleep-related training grant; T32) are not eligible.

Duration

Once awarded and introduced, early stage investigators are expected to initiate and maintain communication with the appointed Past President.

The expectation is that all successful mentor-mentee relationships become self-sustaining, and therefore applications will not be eligible for renewal.

All Programs

Application, outcomes and reporting requirements, by opportunity



Mentor Mentee

SRS/ASA Collaborative

Grant Writing with a Guru

Mentee and Mentor must be and remain active SRS Members. Mentee must be active SRS Member and Mentor must be active ASA Member. Mentee and Mentor must be and remain active SRS Members.
Mentee must be an SRS trainee member at the post-undergraduate level (i.e., graduate students, postdocs, interns, residents, and fellows). Mentee must be an SRS trainee member at the post-undergraduate level (i.e., graduate students, postdocs, interns, residents, and fellows). First Time early stage investigator’s must comply with NIH guidelines and must be able to verify eligibility as a grant applicant.
Mentor letter as indicated on application. Mentor letter as indicated on application. List of top three preferred past presidents, rank ordered, whose area of research must align to mentee, as indicated on application.
Mentee intent/plans, goals and budget. Mentee intent/plans, goals and budget. Mentee intent/plans, goals and budget.
A fully completed application. A fully completed application. A fully completed application.
If applicable, applicant must provide Visa documentation for travel to the intended mentor’s lab. If applicable, applicant must provide Visa documentation for travel to the intended mentor’s lab. If applicable, applicant must provide Visa documentation for travel to the intended mentor’s lab.
Mentee final report at end of one year, describe tangible results correlated to goals stated in the application. Mentee final report at end of one year, describe tangible results correlated to goals stated in the application. Mentee final report at end of one year, describe tangible results correlated to goals stated in the application.


Application

There will be two application cycles for 2018, March and October. A complete application will consist of:

  • The application cover page;
  • Description of the proposed mentoring opportunity, (three (3) page maximum), signed by mentee/applicant and;
  • The intended mentor’s signed letter of support (NA for Grant Guidance with a Guru).

The trainee must demonstrate:

  1. Local training is not available;
  2. Mentor and their institution are established entities that can provide a quality experience;
  3. Specific, measurable goals for first year; and
  4. Plans and goals for the on-site visit. Example goals could include learning a specific lab skill or other technique; exposure to a specific clinical population for research purposes; work on a paper; access to unique data sets; complex statistical analysis; writing a grant proposal. (As appropriate for GGG)

Greater detail is supplied in the SRS Mentoring Opportunities Application Form. Complete applications must be submitted in English using the form, via e-mail as an attached PDF to bhoeft@srsnet.org.

Two opportunities to apply exist. The deadlines for the receipt of the proposals for the two cycles are 11:59 pm, March 10, 2018 and October 10, 2018. All proposals must be submitted electronically, as one complete PDF document to bhoeft@srsnet.org. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Awardees will be notified within two months of the deadline. To accept an award awardee must sign a brief Memorandum of Understanding and SRS Reimbursement Guidelines. Travel will be verified prior to any disbursement of funds.

Please contact Barbara Hoeft at bhoeft@srsnet.org or (630) 737-9700 with questions.