The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently issued a funding opportunity announcement for R01 research project grants (PAR-17-234) and R21 exploratory/developmental research grants (PAR-17-235) on the mechanisms and consequences of sleep disparities in the U.S. The purpose is to understand the underlying mechanisms of sleep deficiencies among health disparity populations and how sleep deficiencies may lead to disparities in health outcomes. The expiration date is July 12, 2019.
For the purposes of this initiative, sleep deficiencies are defined as insufficient sleep duration, poor sleep quality, irregular timing of sleep, and sleep/circadian disorders. In addition, research on quality of sleep and excess sleep and their health consequences is of interest.
The FOA notes that sleep is an important determinant of overall health and a prerequisite for individuals to achieve their full potential for health and well-being across the lifespan. Inadequate sleep leads to poorer health and poorer cognitive, emotional, and social functioning. Good sleeping habits are just as important for our health as a healthy diet and adequate physical activity.