SRSF Career Development Award

2020 RFA now open. 

Submission Deadline:  Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 11:59pm CT    


The goal of these mentored awards is to invest in promising early career researchers and assist with their transition into independence as junior investigators. The SRSF expects to fund up to four awards and each award will be funded up to $50,000 for one year of support. Recipients are expected to apply for a mentored or independent federal research award within the funding period. A second year of funding is not available in this award cycle.

Scope of Research Supported

The awards are intended to further our understanding of sleep, circadian rhythms and sleep/circadian rhythm disorders. Submitted proposals will need to be considered cutting edge sleep/circadian research.

Three awards will be chosen under the broad topic of sleep/circadian research.

One additional award will be chosen as a special topic on sleep and hypoglossal nerve stimulation.

Example projects include:

  1. mechanism of action of hypoglossal nerve stimulation
  2. physiological investigations of implanted patients with inadequate responses
  3. novel biomarkers to predict response to hypoglossal nerve stimulation

Requirements for Applicants

  • Doctoral level degree, such as MD, PhD, DO and/or comparable degree.
  • Applicants must be early career investigators within 10 years of receiving their doctoral degree at the post-doctoral, instructor, or assistant professor level. Applicants should not have received grant funding in excess of $75,000.00 in any year of direct costs as a PI or co-PI. If an applicant is uncertain regarding eligibility, please contact the SRSF at [email protected]  for approval prior to submission of the application.  This communication should describe the circumstances, such as time spent in clinical training or other extenuating circumstances (e.g. maternity/paternity leave or care of dependents). The request will be reviewed to determine if an application will be accepted.
  • Documented history of commitment to sleep/circadian research – publications, other grants (Not to have exceeded $75K in any year of direct costs serving as a PI or co-PI), service to the field, etc.
  • Current or prior funded career development award (CDA) recipients are not eligible to apply for this award. If a funded CDA or other federally funded grant is awarded during the funding period, the recipient can submit a revised budget and request continued support through the end of the original funding period. The revised budget must not overlap with the federally funded grant budget. (e.g. K Award)
  • Mentor’s Letter (see section F. of the application for details of what must be included in the mentor’s letter). Two mentors may be appropriate if they provide complementary expertise.
  • Complete Application, including all components noted on the Application form.
  • SRS membership in good standing.
  • Previous SRSF Career Development Award recipients are not eligible.


2020 CDA Application now open.

Submission Deadline:  Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 11:59pm CT    

Create a pdf file with supporting materials and completed application and send to [email protected] 

2020 RFA
2020 Application

Review Criteria

The overarching question assessed by the reviewers will be: Will this support enable the candidate to develop the skills, knowledge and/or preliminary data needed to apply for the mentored or independent federal research award outlined in the application?

  1. Potential of applicant for a career as an independent investigator in sleep/circadian research.
  2. Quality and innovation of the planned research, including how this research will facilitate applying for a CDA (Career Development Award) or independent research award. The scope of the project should reflect the length of this award (1 year).
  3. Appropriateness of the training plan given the proposed project and the applicants prior training and planned career pathway.
  4. A well-justified budget (including other sources of support for the applicant and the proposed project).
  5. The mentor’s commitment to providing the necessary support and resources to ensure the applicant’s success in this project and in their overall career development.

Please contact the SRSF at [email protected] or (630) 737-9702 with any questions.

Nicholas Stavropoulos
Nicholas Stavropoulos
“A grant from SRSF represents an important vote of confidence for a new investigator’s research program. These grants not only support a vital area of research but also serve to attract additional funding at a critical phase of one’s career. In the current funding climate, there is more need than ever for awards that support young investigators working on sleep.”
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Annemarie I. Luik, PhD
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Chanpreet Singh, PhD
Chanpreet Singh, PhD California Institute of Technology
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Huan Yang, PhD
Huan Yang, PhDBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
RAAS biomarkers of renal function and blood pressure response to repetitive sleep restriction
Jason L. Yu, MD
Jason L. Yu, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
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