Sleep deficiency is a problem in the U.S. Between 30–40% of adults and 65–80% of adolescents report sleep deficiencies annually. Like many adverse health patterns, the prevalence of sleep deficiency is higher in health disparity communities. Because of the many poor health outcomes associated with sleep deficiency, the National Institutes of Health has released a funding opportunity announcement for researchers to investigate the causal mechanisms behind sleep disparities.
NIH explains that successful projects should seek to understand the causal pathways of how social, cultural, and environmental factors contribute to healthy sleep, including quality of sleep, sleep deficiencies, and how sleep deficiencies lead to disparate health outcomes across the U.S. Multidisciplinary research teams are encouraged.
Interested scientists should read the NIH funding opportunity announcement to learn more about the different areas of interest of the NIH institutes that are supporting this opportunity. Behavioral scientists should pay close attention to the areas of focus of the National Institute on Aging and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
NIH will accept applications submitted by various due dates through June 14, 2022.