Young Investigators Research Forum (YIRF) 2018-04-20T15:34:51+00:00

AASM Young Investigators Research Forum

The 10th annual AASM Young Investigators Research Forum (YIRF) was 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. Applications for the 2019 YIRF will be accepted starting in the fall of 2018.


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 YIRF offers a rare opportunity to have such a breadth and depth of introduction to the field of sleep research at the early stages, particularly in an environment with such dedicated senior faculty.

Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH

The YIRF helped demystify the NIH grant types and helped me understand steps of grant submission and review. The staff was encouraging of my project and this helped bolster confidence to apply for future funding.

Kiran Maski, MD

Young investigators should apply to attend this year’s YIRF because it will provide them with intensive mentoring and key strategies for developing a successful academic career.

Katherine Sharkey, MD, PhD

Beyond the opportunity to talk with leaders in the field, having down time with peers who are on the same career path as you is a wonderful place to develop relationships with individuals who will become your collaborators.

Eric Zhou, PhD


The Forum is open to young investigators (residents, 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 and when attending the Forum.

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 8, 2017

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

APPLICATION FORMAT Download Application
Phone: 630-737-9700
NOTIFICATION Application decisions will be announced by email no later than Friday,
January 26, 2018.