Center for Innovation in Sleep Self-Management

Available Funding for Researchers

The Center for Innovation in Sleep Self-Management (CISSM) has two grant funding programs for UW investigators interested in sleep health. The programs vary in eligibility, award length, source of funding support and specific study requirements. For both awards, the principal investigator (PI) needs to be new or early stage investigator, but would consider established investigator with new focus on sleep health. Please review the information below for specific instructions regarding eligibility and application. For an overview of the funding available, click here.

For questions, please contact pilot core co-director Dr. Hilaire Thompson at

NIH/NINR Funded CISSM Pilot Grants

These 2-year grants of up to $40K/year ($80K total) are supported through external funding from NIH/NINR.  The PI of the project is required to be a doctorally-prepared Registered Nurse. Projects that are responsive to this call will: 1) Integrate the CISSM Conceptual model; 2) design and test innovative and tailored   self-management interventions to assist individuals to sleep better and simultaneously improve health, well-being, and quality of life; 3) engage population(s) with chronic illness; 4) integrate technology in the application; 5) incorporate NINR Common Data Elements 6) incorporate CISSM CDEs, and 7) provide data that will be used for a larger extramural study.

Investigators will be provided with ongoing mentoring by the pilot core and assistance from the technology core of the CISSM.


Letter of intent due: October 15, 2017
Applications due: November 15, 2017
Notification of awards: February 15, 2018
Project start date: June 1, 2018

We encourage those thinking about applying for NINR/NIH grants to discuss proposed application with pilot core directors in advance. Click on the following links for more information:

UW Funded Pilot Awards (RIFP)

These 1-year grants of up to $15,000 are internally funded and are available to individuals with a UW faculty appointment. One member of the research team is required to be a Registered Nurse. Projects that are responsive to this call will: 1) engage population(s) with chronic illness; 2) have a research focus on sleep deficiency defined as poor sleep quality, disrupted or fragmented sleep or inadequate sleep duration; 3) use CISSM common data elements (CDEs) as appropriate if measuring that construct in study (ex. pain); 4) provide data that will be used for a larger extramural study.

Use of technology highly encouraged, but not required. Intervention study highly encouraged, not required.  If the proposal does not focus on an intervention, the researcher will need to provide preliminary data to support the development of an intervention study.  The application deadline has passed for the current round of funding.