SRS Mentor-Mentee Program 2018-09-26T13:20:19+00:00

SRS Mentor-Mentee Program

The goal of the SRS Mentoring Program Awards is to link trainees and early stage investigators to opportunities which may not be available from their institutions with three distinct offerings. Please attend to details of each offering, noting rolling deadlines.

SRS Mentor Mentee Award

Applications are being accepted while funds are available.

The goal of the SRS Mentor Mentee Award is to link trainees with limited sleep/circadian mentoring options in their chosen field of interest to mentors that can provide rich, face-to-face opportunities in state-of-the-art research techniques and methods. The mentor-mentee relationship should also extend beyond the face-to-face portion and, as appropriate, include career guidance via ongoing phone or web-based meetings over the course of the funded year. These opportunities may be in the United States or abroad as long as both participants are active SRS Members.

Scope of Support

The program is intended to grow the field of sleep researchers offering support to investigators at the early stage in their career. We anticipate up to five awards of <$3,500 will be given annually for travel-related expenses. Fewer awards could be given depending on available funds and quality of applications. It is understood that the mentor will participate at no cost to this program. All early stage investigators are eligible to apply. 

Duration

The duration of the award is one year, with a minimum of one-week on-site with Mentor and expected to continue via phone or video contact at least monthly.

SRS/ASA Collaborative Mentor Mentee Award

Applications are no longer being accepted for 2018, as funds have been exhausted. Applications will be accepted in January 2019.

The goal of the Sleep Research Society/Australasian Sleep Association International Mentor-Mentee Program is to link trainees from institutions with limited sleep/circadian mentoring options in their chosen field of interest to mentors that can provide rich, face-to-face opportunities in state-of-the-art research techniques and methods. The program is intended to grow the field of sleep researchers. For SRS member applicants the mentor must be located in a different country and an ASA Member, but mentor need not be a member of the SRS.

Scope of Support

The program is intended to grow the field of sleep researchers. Awards of ≤$7,000 USD/≤$9,000 AUD will be given to up to one (1) mentee for travel-related expenses. All early stage investigators are eligible to apply. While both SRS and ASA mentee opportunities exist, respective organizations will manage and award their respective mentee opportunity.

Grant Guidance with a Guru Award

Applications are being accepted while funds are available.

Past Presidents of the Sleep Research Society have graciously offered their time and expertise to give directed guidance in the NIH Grant Writing process. This relationship is intended to last during the writing, review and revision process for one major NIH grant and may be accomplished through telecommunication or in-person visits. If travel is necessary, funding may be requested for a maximum of up to $500 per applicant. These opportunities are only for US Residents currently.

Scope of Support

This program is intended to greatly improve the success of first-time grant writers. Awards must include an SRS Past President as a mentor and be <$500 in funds if travel is necessary for the mentee. It is understood that the Past President will participate at no cost to the SRS. All early stage investigators are eligible to apply. 

Duration

Once awarded and introduced, early stage investigators are expected to initiate and maintain communication with the appointed Past President. The expectation is that all successful mentor-mentee relationships become self-sustaining, and therefore applications will not be eligible for renewal.

All Programs

Application, outcomes and reporting requirements, by opportunity:

Mentor Mentee

  • Mentee and Mentor must be and remain active SRS Members.

  • Mentee should be an SRS trainee or early career member at the post-undergraduate level (i.e., graduate students, postdocs, interns, residents, and fellows). Consideration will be given to regular members early in their careers. 

  • Mentor letter as indicated on application.

  • Mentee intent/plans, goals and budget.

  • A completed application.

  • If applicable, applicant must provide Visa documentation for travel to the intended mentor’s lab.

  • Mentee final report at end of one year, describe tangible results correlated to goals stated in the application.

SRS/ASA Collaborative

  • Mentee must be active SRS Member and Mentor must be active ASA Member.

  • Mentee should be an SRS trainee or early career member at the post-undergraduate level (i.e., graduate students, postdocs, interns, residents, and fellows). Consideration will be given to regular members early in their careers. 

  • Mentor letter as indicated on application.

  • Mentee intent/plans, goals and budget.

  • A completed application.

  • If applicable, applicant must provide Visa documentation for travel to the intended mentor’s lab.

  • Mentee final report at end of one year, describe tangible results correlated to goals stated in the application.

Grant Guidance with a Guru

  • Mentee and Mentor must be and remain active SRS Members.

  • First-time early stage investigator’s must comply with NIH guidelines and must be able to verify eligibility as a grant applicant.

  • List of top three preferred past presidents, rank ordered, whose area of research should align to mentee, as indicated on application.

  • Mentee intent/plans, goals and budget.

  • A completed application.

  • If applicable, applicant must provide Visa documentation for travel to the intended mentor’s lab.

  • Mentee final report at end of one year, describe tangible results correlated to goals stated in the application.

The deadlines for the receipt of the proposals are accepted on a rolling basis until funds run out. A complete application will consist of:

  • The application cover page;
  • Description of the proposed mentoring opportunity, (three (3) page maximum), signed by mentee/applicant and;
  • The intended mentor’s signed letter of support (N/A for Grant Guidance with a Guru).

The mentee must demonstrate:

  1. Local training may not be available;
  2. Mentor and their institution are established entities that can provide a quality experience;
  3. Specific, measurable goals for first year; and
  4. Plans and goals for the on-site visit. Example goals could include learning a specific lab skill or other technique; exposure to a specific clinical population for research purposes; work on a paper; access to unique data sets; complex statistical analysis; writing a grant proposal. (As appropriate for GGG)

Greater detail is supplied in the SRS Mentoring Opportunities Application Form. Complete applications must be submitted in English using the form, via e-mail as an attached PDF to coordinator@srsnet.org.

The deadlines for the receipt of the proposals are accepted on a rolling basis until funds run out. All proposals must be submitted electronically, as one complete PDF document to coordinator@srsnet.org. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Awardees will be notified within two months of the deadline. To accept an award awardee must sign a brief Memorandum of Understanding and SRS Reimbursement Guidelines. Travel will be verified prior to any disbursement of funds.

Please contact SRS at coordinator@srsnet.org or (630) 737-9702 with questions.