National Sleep Foundation Request For Applications: Research Project & Grant

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National Sleep Foundation

Request for Applications

Deadline: September 30, 2014 



Participating Organization

National Sleep Foundation

Funding Opportunity Title

Research Project


This announcement encourages applications for two types of research grant(s) – up to $10,000 for Type A Award and up to $2,500 for Type B Award – for small-scale research projects at a very sharply-focused level on a specific topic.


Sleep disturbance and environmental noise

Posted Date

May 22, 2014

Application Due Date

September 30, 2014


October/November 2014

Earliest Start Date

December 1, 2014

Target Project Completion Date for Type A Award (up to $10,000)

December 31, 2015

Target Project Completion Date for Type B Award (up to $2,500)

June 30, 2015


Section I. Background

The purpose of this program is to provide NSF with scholarly work concerning selected contemporary sleep health and well-being topics. Awarded research projects will provide a review of areas central to NSF’s sleep health and well-being public education mandate in the specific topic listed above.

Section II. Award Information

The National Sleep Foundation aims to award two types of award grant(s):

  • Grant Type A for research project. 12-month project duration. $10,000 maximum funding, inclusive of all direct and indirect costs, per approved research grant application.
  • Grant Type B for smaller, meta-analysis review project. 6-month duration. $2,500 maximum funding, inclusive of all direct and indirect costs, per approved research grant application.

The number of awards is contingent upon budget and the number of meritorious applications. The project must be satisfactorily completed within the project duration specified for each award type.

Section III. Deliverables

Eligible researchers will propose small-scale programs to present available evidence guiding sleep health and well-being.

Type A Awardees will be expected to provide one typed document: one 3-5 page summary that details precisely the research performed during the project including introduction, methods, results, discussion, and references.

Type B Awardees will be expected to provide three typed documents: one 1-2 page summary of the review protocol (inclusion/exclusion criteria for studies, explicit search strategy, how studies were systematically coded and analyzed, evidence scaling, etc.); one report in tabular form that outlines each study (author, year, n, demographics, key findings, etc.); and one 1-2 page summary report with citations. Every claim in the summary report must be supported by data in the tabular form report.

Section IV. Eligibility Information

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research is invited to develop and submit an application. This includes, but is not limited to, co-investigators from separate universities, researchers, undergrads, and students.

Section V. Proposal Information

The proposal must adhere to the following required format in sections divided as follows:

  1. Required Applicant Information
  • First name:
  • Middle initial:
  • Last name:
  • Suffix:
  • Position/title:
  • Affiliated institution:
  • Department:
  • Full mailing address (street, suite, city, state, zip):
  • Daytime phone:
  • Email:
  1. Specify Award Type Requested—Type A, up to $10,000 or Type B, up to $2,500
  2. Provide Research Proposal Title
  3. Provide Research Application Summary (200 words maximum)
  4. Provide the Statement of the Problem
  5. Provide Specific Aims
  6. Provide Narrative of the Proposal
  7. Describe Methods and Analytical Approach
  8. Provide a Personal Statement (describe why your experience and qualifications make you well-suited for the proposed project)

10.Other required formats:

  • Maximum of 5 pages total, as follows:
    • 1 - 4 pages for Sections I - VII.
    • 1 page for Section VIII (must be on separate page).
    • Must include budget (does not count toward total page count).
    • Must include references/citations (does not count toward total page count).
    • Text must be no less than 10-point font size.

11.Applicants must submit their applications via email to Kaitlyn Whiton at with email subject of “NSF RFA Research Project” by the application due date.


  • NSF will make payment directly to the awarded individual, not to the individual’s institution.
  • The award amounts listed for each award type are inclusive of all direct and indirect costs.

Section VI. Application Review Information

1. Criteria

Priority Score

Reviewers will provide a priority score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood for the project to provide timely and scholarly completion of review of specific research goals. The following review criteria will guide scoring.

Significance: Will the study significantly advance the NSF evidence/knowledge base for its public messaging?

Innovation: Will the proposal likely produce refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts?

Approach: Are the proposed project’s strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented?

2. Review and Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated by the National Sleep Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Council. Researchers should anticipate that their proposal will be considered in a competitive environment in which only those applications deemed to have the highest merit will be given an award.

Section VII. Award Notification Information

After the review of the application is completed, the National Sleep Foundation will notify the applicants regarding the acceptance or rejection of their applications by email. Researchers who submit proposals should not expect to receive a critique, scoring, priority ranking, etc. Awardees must submit a completed IRS Form W-9 within 10 business days of grant award notification date and prior to the project commencement.

Section VII. Questions

Questions must be submitted in writing by email to NSF’s Program Manager, Kaitlyn Whiton, at Phone call inquiries will not be answered.