Rising Star Award

2024 Application Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2024, at 11:59 pm (CT)

The SRS Rising Star Award recognizes early career investigators who have made significant and sustained contributions to basic, translational, clinical, population health, and/or theoretical nature to sleep and circadian science. The award will honor two (2) early career investigators within the SRS community for contributions exemplified by innovations in scientific research, service delivery, dissemination, mentorship and/or public policy. 

One award will be given in each of the following categories:

  • Clinician Investigator: An individual who has both a research component and a clinical service component to their position (i.e., patient-oriented health services providing).
  • Investigator Educator: An individual who falls out of the clinician investigator definition and who provides sleep and circadian research.

Selection criteria generally include: 

  • A body of research that is considered inspired, meritorious, and significant, which has the potential to have a major impact on the field nationally and/or internationally.
  • Additional contributions that have advanced the sleep and circadian research fields.

To be eligible, the candidate must:

  • Be a member in good standing with the SRS.
  • Be within 10 years of having obtained a terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MD, DO) as of the nomination deadline. If the nominee is beyond 10 years of having obtained a terminal degree a description of circumstances (e.g., clinical training, maternity/paternity leave or care of dependents) under which the nominee took time away from research within 10 years of obtaining their terminal degree should be included.
  • For Clinician Researcher award, nominees must have a clinical service component to their current position.
  • Researchers who hold clinical degrees but do not currently have clinical service obligations will be viewed as Investigator Educator researchers.

Nomination Process:

Nominations packages must be submitted using the online nomination form with supporting documents uploaded as a single PDF. Supporting documents should include:

  1. A copy of the nominee’s academic CV.
  2. Nominator letter of support describing the applicant’s contribution to the sleep and/circadian research field. If self-nominating, a letter of support from a senior investigator, familiar with the candidate’s body of work, describing the applicant’s contribution to the sleep and circadian sciences.
  3. If nominee is not within 10 years of obtaining a terminal degree, a description of circumstances (e.g., clinical training, maternity/paternity leave, or care of dependents) under which the nominee took time away from research within 10 years of obtaining their terminal degree.

The nominee may also apply for other SRS awards in the year of nomination (e.g., SRS Outstanding Early Investigator Award, Trainee Merit Award), but in the event the individual receives another Award, they can only accept one award.