The 2014 Young Investigator Research Forum was held in April. Information about the next research forum will be announced at a later date.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) held its 6th offering of the Young Investigator Research Forum on April 9-11, 2014, in Bethesda, Maryland. The Forum aids the career development of promising young investigators in clinical and translational sleep medicine research. Successful applicants were selected based on past research productivity and future promise. Travel and lodging expenses were paid up to a maximum of $1,200 dollars per attendee.
There is a projected future shortage of clinical sleep researchers, and research funding is difficult to obtain. This retreat is aimed at providing guidance, tactics, and strategies to better position young investigators for a successful career in clinical sleep research. The aims are to:
The Forum will provide an opportunity for collegial interaction with other young investigators and established senior investigators across the broad spectrum of clinical sleep research, as well as with NIH scientific and program officers. The ratio of faculty to young investigators will be approximately 1:3. The Forum will consist of didactic presentations, workshops, and small group sessions covering study design, presentation skills, grantsmanship, a mock grant review, and the mentor-mentee relationship. As active participants, the attendees will have the opportunity to present their current research, provide feedback on each other’s research proposals and review a grant.
Open to young investigators (clinical fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty) at U.S.-based institutions who are actively engaged and planning to continue a career in clinical or translational sleep medicine research. Applicants must have an advanced degree (MD, DO, PhD or equivalent) and be a member of the AASM at the time of application.
RESEARCH FORUM DATES AND LOCATION:
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – Friday, April 11, 2014 (½ day, full day, ½ day)Bethesda Marriott Suites, 6711 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS SELECTED:
APPLICATION DUE DATE:
Monday, December 9, 2013
1. NIH Format Biographical Sketch*
2. Research Abstract on Current Work (last 2 years) **
3. Letter Stating Career Goals and Research Aims***
APPLICATION SUBMISSION & INQUIRIES:
Lucy Deriy, PhD, Department of Science & Research
*For the personal statement section, consider your current research to be the subject of the application.
**Abstract (max 250 words) should include: Study Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Please do not submit abstracts that do not have results derived from data analysis. Subject should be work from the last two years.
*** Candidate’s letter (max 2 pages) should describe his or her background, future goals & objectives, candidate’s mentor(s) and details on their mentoring plan. It may also contain the background, rationale, hypothesis and aims of a current or upcoming research proposal.
Application materials (biosketch, research abstract and candidate letter) must be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, December 9, 2013. Twenty applicants will be selected for the Forum with decisions to be announced by email no later than Friday, February 21, 2014.
Download the Young Investigators' Research Forum Application for further application details.