This page contains announcements for awards offered by the CSS and its partners.

Make sure to keep your membership up to date to receive announcements directly by email. For detailed information about CSS Awards, see our CSS Awards page.

CSS Roger Broughton Young Investigator Award

The Roger Broughton Young Investigator Award honours the contributions of Dr. Roger Broughton, founding President of the Canadian Sleep Society (1986-88), and one of the founding figures of Canadian sleep research.

The award will be made to a young scientist for important early career research contributions, rather than a single submitted abstract or paper. The winner will receive an award of $1,000.

The award will be made on the basis of an assessment by a distinguished panel of judges including former Presidents of the CSS and past winners of this award. This is not intended to be a post-doctoral level award, but instead is open to members of the CSS who are conducting research at a Canadian institution (i.e., in a junior Faculty position). Eligibility is restricted to candidates up to seven years after completion of a terminal degree (Ph.D. or M.D.) at the time of application.

Deadline for submission:
July 19th, 2021

Submission requirements:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Two reference letters (sent directly to the CSS by the referees) and
  • A one-page (500 word) statement summarizing their early career contribution to sleep research and its significance.
  • Applicants are expected to have a current membership to the CSS prior to application for this award.

Please submit applications by email with the subject “Roger Broughton Young Investigator Award” to:

The CSS is strongly committed to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion. The CSS encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

CSS Outstanding Trainee Achievement Award

This award recognizes an outstanding research effort by a student or postdoctoral fellow in the field of sleep research.

The basis for evaluation of candidates is the scientific merit of a single publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The candidate should be the first author, and the article must be published or officially accepted for publication by the application deadline. Only articles published after September 2019 will be considered.

The award consists of a $500 honorarium.

To apply, candidates must follow the guidelines and conditions outlined below. The CSS Trainee Outstanding Achievement Award can only be received once by an individual.

Deadline for submission:
July 19th, 2021


  • The applicant must be a full-time student or post-doctoral fellow registered at a Canadian university, at both the time of the publication and the application.
  • Applicants are expected to have a current membership to the CSS prior to application for this award.

Please submit applications by email with the subject “Trainee Outstanding Achievement Award” to:
Applications should include: a copy of the publication (including proof of acceptance if the article is not published yet), and a one-page (max. 500 words) statement summarizing the significance and impact of the publication.

The CSS is strongly committed to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion. The CSS encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

CSS/CSCN Trainee Task Force Call for Projects 2021

The Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) and Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network (CSCN) are excited to release a Call for Projects.

Every year, the World Sleep Society encourages events for World Sleep Day (WSD), which takes place this year on March 19th, 2021. To advocate the importance of sleep, the CSS/CSCN Trainee Task Force is hosting the “Move for Sleep” fundraising challenge from March 19th to March 26th, 2021. The goal of this fundraising event is to raise awareness on the importance of healthy sleep while creating a global community to champion sleep-health promotion. Proceeds from the “Move for Sleep” challenge will contribute to the WSD CSS/CSCN Trainee Project 2021 Grant, which aims to support ongoing or proposed efforts that promote sleep awareness.

Who Can Apply?

Applicants must be students (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral) or post-doctoral fellows enrolled full-time at a Canadian University and must have an ongoing or proposed project with a focus on sleep health promotion and/or awareness locally or internationally.

What is the Amount?

 The grant will be up to $2500. The exact amount and number of grants will depend on the funds raised from the CSS/CSCN’s WSD fundraiser “Move for Sleep” challenge.

When is the Deadline to Apply?

 The deadline to submit your duly completed application is April 30th, 2021, at 11:59PM EST. Download  checklist here

Where Do I Apply?

 Send your completed application as a single pdf document to with the subject title CSS/CSCN Trainee Project 2021 Grant Submission. Confirmation of receipt will be provided.

 What Do I Need to Submit?

 The application must consist of the following:

  • 1) Abstract: A one-page description of the project (10-12 Size Times New Roman Font, Single-Spaced, 1” or 2.54 cm margins), including the following sections:

Background, Methods, Results (or Expected Results), and Implications. References must include the journal name (abbreviated or full), year of publication, and first listed author of the publication.

  • 2) Proposed Funding Allocation: A one-page description of how the funds will be used to promote sleep health (10-12 Size Times New Roman Font, Single-Spaced, 1” or 2.54 cm margins). Funds can only be used for project expenses related to knowledge translation (e.g., materials/equipment/software, travel required for knowledge translation or collaborative project development, payment for speakers/professionals, resources for community outreach related to sleep health, or other knowledge translation/science communication expenses). Funds are not to be used to supplement trainee salary.

Optional: A statement or proof of financial need for the project may be included. This optional proof of financial need can be on a separate page, if necessary.

  • 3) Sponsor Letter: Letter from the supervisor approving the project, or an approval letter from the host institution. This letter can be submitted as part of the application from the student, or directly to the above email address from the supervisor or institution.
  • 4) Enrollment Verification: Proof of enrollment from the institution (g., Unofficial transcript, course timetable, or letter of confirmation from the institution).
  • 5) Applicant Information: The last page of the application must include the fillable PDF Applicant Information/Checklist form, provided by the CSS/CSCN Trainee Task Force.

Only complete applications will be considered. Applications that do not follow the above instructions may be considered ineligible.

Who will review my application?

A student evaluation committee will review all submitted applications, and the elected recipient(s) will be approved by the CSS/CSCN executive board.

When will I be informed of the committee’s decision?

Applicants will be notified of the decision by email before August 31st, 2021.

 How will my application be evaluated?

 Applications will be reviewed and graded by independent student evaluators. Components of the application will be weighted as follows:

Submission Weight /15 Comments, Assets
Abstract 7

●       Quality of abstract; instructions followed

●       Project feasibility/timeline

○       Estimated amount of time to complete specified endpoints (total project duration)

○       Anticipated progress within one year (deadline for progress report)

●       Implications

○       Relevance of project to world sleep health, community outreach, and/or knowledge translation

○       Potential for international collaboration

Proposed Funding Allocation 4

●       Detailed description of how funds will be used. See “What do I need to submit?”

●       If Applicable: Proof of financial need will be considered

Sponsor Letter 2

●       Letter must be included in the application

●       Letter may also advocate for the applicant

Enrollment Verification 1 ●       The proof of enrollment must be included in the application
Applicant Information 1 ●       Must include name, email, program, current degree, and university/institution


What action is required of me, if I receive the grant?

A brief progress report will be required within one year of receiving the grant. The report should include a summary of progress to date, expenses covered (with receipts), preliminary findings and implications (if applicable), next steps, and estimated date of completion.  Recipients will provide a brief report on the outcomes of their project, which will be highlighted on the CSS and CSCN websites.

Where can I inquire for more information?

 All other questions regarding the application or grant can be submitted to:

To register to the “Move for Sleep” Challenge, click here

CSCN Travel Awards for WSS 2019


Overview. A major initiative of the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network (CSCN; is to provide Canadian trainees engaged in sleep and rhythms research with the opportunity to attend and participate in international science conferences.  This year the CSCN is providing trainee travel awards to attend the 2019 World Sleep Meeting (WSS) and the CIHR-CSS-CSCN Trainee Day being held in Vancouver (BC, Canada) from September 20-25 (meeting information can be found at: Each award is worth $1000 and is to be used for conference registration, travel and/or hotel costs. Awards are only available to full-time trainees (medical trainees, postdoctoral fellows and graduate/undergraduate students) who are conducting research at any accredited Canadian university, and who are presenting a poster or giving an oral presentation at this meeting.  Trainees are required to attend the CIHR-CSS-CSCN Trainee Day and the entire meeting. NOTE: Trainees who have already received a CIHR Travel Award to attend the 2019 WSS Meeting are NOT eligible to receive a 2019 CSCN Travel Award.

Application Process.  Interested trainees should submit the following information as a single PDF file to Dominique Petit ( by August 26, 2019.  All applications will be peer-reviewed by members of the CSCN Training Committee and/or Executive Committee.

Required Documents:

  1. A letter of support completed by your immediate supervisor confirming full-time enrolment in a Bachelor’s medical, biology, neuroscience, psychology, dental, pharmacy degree OR your status as a full-time Masters or PhD student or as a post-doctoral fellow at a recognized Canadian academic institution.
  2. A copy of the abstract/summary that has been submitted to the 2019 WSS Meeting.

NOTE: Successful applicants (those who receive a CSCN Trainee Travel Award) will also be required to provide:

  1. Confirmation of acceptance regarding your submitted abstract will be required before releasing funds to successful applicants.
  2. Confirmation of CSCN membership will be required before releasing funds to successful applicants.  Note:  CSCN membership is free and details for becoming a CSCN member can be found at:
  3. For reimbursement, depending on what is claimed to get to a value of $1000, you will need to provide a proof of attendance (necessary for all: badge), registration with proof of full payment, air travel boarding passes (original paper passes or electronic boarding passes with 2D code) and/or hotel bill with proof of full payment.
  4. The address where the payment should be sent (a home address is usually preferable).

CSS Student Abstract Competition 2019

Each year the CSS holds a competition for CSS student members for the best abstract submitted (to either SLEEP in the U.S., or CSS when conferences are held in Canada). The competition is open to trainees (undergraduate or graduate students) who are current CSS members.

The CSS Student Abstract Award recipient will be recognized at the meeting, receive a certificate, a cheque for $300.00, and a one year membership to the CSS.

Submission requirements:

  • Send a copy of the meeting abstract (CSS or SLEEP) and confirmation of its acceptance
  • Applicants are expected to have a current membership to the CSS prior to application for this award.

Deadline for submission:
August 1, 2019

Please submit applications by email with the subject “CSS Student Abstract Competition” to: Kayleigh Staines at