Young Investigators Research Forum (YIRF) 2017-09-15T21:09:22+00:00

AASM Young Investigators Research Forum

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) announces the 10th annual Young Investigators Research Forum (YIRF) to be held April 18-20, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. The Forum is designed to aid the career development of promising young investigators in clinical and translational sleep medicine research. Successful applicants will be selected based on past research productivity and future promise in sleep medicine research. Travel and lodging expenses will be 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:

  1. Foster the pursuit of clinical research in sleep medicine by junior faculty and fellows training in sleep medicine.
  2. Disseminate vital information required for pursuing a career in research.
  3. Serve as a primer for obtaining grant funding.
  4. Provide an opportunity to network and establish extramural research mentorship.

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.


The Forum is 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.

2018 YIRF DATES AND LOCATION Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Friday, April 20, 2018 (½ day, full day, ½ day) at Bethesda Marriott Suites, 6711 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817
APPLICATION DEADLINE Friday, December 1, 2017

Note: The completed application (biosketch, research abstract and candidate letter) must be submitted as one document.

APPLICATION FORMAT Download Application
APPLICATION SUBMISSION & INQUIRIES Attn: AASM Department of Science and Research
Phone: 630-737-9700
NOTIFICATION Application decisions will be announced by email no later than Friday,
January 26, 2018.