Sleep Research Society Foundation
Building a Solid Foundation for Sleep and Circadian Research
The Sleep Research Society Foundation (SRSF) provides support for growth and development in the field of sleep and circadian research. The SRSF was established in 2005 by the Sleep Research Society Board of Directors to provide support for investigators to conduct pilot studies that would form the basis of more comprehensive applications to federal agencies, private foundations and industry partners. The SRSF has helped investigators obtain NIH and other government funding through research supported by SRSF awards.
The Sleep Research Society Foundation is committed to the growth and development of the field of sleep and circadian research through education and research funding opportunities.
Since its inception, the Sleep Research Society Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 million in support for research by 47 early stage scientific investigators.
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Funding Our Future Scientists Campaign
The Sleep Research Society Foundation is seeking to significantly increase the number of early-career investigator awards they are able to fund on an annual basis through the Funding Our Future Scientists fundraising campaign.
The SRSF has established a $2.5 million fundraising goal, which will allow the organization to increase the number of early-career investigator awards from three to ten annually.
Funding Tomorrow’s Leaders
Sleep loss hampers our ability to concentrate, reduces motivation and creativity, and increases irritability. Insufficient sleep jeopardizes our personal health, our workplace productivity, and the well being of our communities.
In the United States, working days lost due to insufficient sleep and sleep disorders account for $411 billion in economic losses and represent 2.28 percent of our country’s GDP annually. The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has described the rising trend of insufficient sleep as “an unmet public health problem.” Thanks to breakthroughs in the field of sleep research, we are now beginning to understand the fundamental importance of sleep.
While we know that individuals differ in how they respond to sleep loss, shift work, and other sleep/circadian disruptions, we do not yet know how to predict those differences, or how to use them to decrease health and (…)
Being a recipient of the SRSF grant was a critically important step in my career. It allowed me to complete a smaller project on sleep and depression and to successfully apply for further research support. I strongly believe that the SRSF grant is a great funding mechanism! It is ideal to encourage young people and to further the field of sleep research.
SRSF Career Development Award
The SRSF recognizes the challenges of transitioning from post-doctoral training to independent research funding. The goal of these mentored awards is to invest in promising early career researchers and assist with their transition into independence as junior investigators.
SRSF Campaign Volunteer Spotlight
How did you become involved in the field of sleep and circadian research?
“I joined the Stanford University sleep group in 1970 as a research assistant when I moved to California. A family connection steered me in that direction.”
How long have you been a member of SRS and what prompted you to join?
“I have been a member since 1971, when the society was still the Association for the Psychophysiological Study of Science (APSS). I joined to have access to the annual conference.”
Please explain the impact that SRS has had on your professional career?
“The APSS/SRS has had a significant impact in many areas including: conference, journals, linking with professional colleagues, and so forth. Receiving recognition from awards the society has presented me have also provided validation and encouragement for my research.”
What is your favorite memory/experience involving SRS?
“It’s not possible to pick a favorite from so very many. One standout was the encouragement I received from Al Rechtschaffen at the conference held in Jackson Wyoming. Another standout occurred at the conference where I was presented the SRS Outstanding Educator Award by the president of the society, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, who announced that the award would henceforth be named for me. Definitely a high point.”
What role can the SRS Foundation play in positioning the next generation of sleep and circadian researchers for ongoing success?
“The SRS can contribute by supporting trainees’ conference attendance and networking experiences, by offering opportunities for research funding support for trainees and junior faculty, as well as supporting senior investigators in whose labs training is ongoing and unsupported by federal funds (e.g., T32). I would highlight as well the need to increase the diversity in our field through these efforts.”
You recently decided to make a financial commitment to the SRSF Funding Our Future Scientists fundraising campaign, help us better understand why you chose to support this effort?
“I support the goals of the effort, though they are a bit limited and process is unclear. That said, the senior scientists involved in the SRSF are outstanding. We need to keep in mind diversity to ensure that all are included.”
What do you wish other people knew about the Sleep Research Society Foundation and the Funding Out Future Scientists fundraising effort?
“I think a data set that includes scientists who have been funded by the foundation in the past along with the progress the funding resulted in, for example federal funding acquired as a direct result and research findings that arose from the seeds planted by foundation funding.”
Do you have any comments for others that may be interested in supporting the Funding Our Future Scientists fundraising effort?
“Funding that I received from the Foundation (Elliott D. Weitzman Research Award, 2007-08) supported critical collection of pilot data that resulted in an R01 grant from the NIMH for a prospective study of depressed mood, sleep, and serotonergic genes. The small pilot funding from SRS ($20,000) was instrumental in the success of this research initiative. To date, 3 of the publications from that project have appeared in the Society’s flagship journal, “Sleep”.”