Here is general information about awards offered from the CSS.

For more detailed information about upcoming award deadlines, see our Current Awards page.

Please note that the Student Abstract Prize and Technologist Service Award are offered annually. The CSS-ICRH Student Travel Award is offered as per CIHR availability. All other society awards are offered only in years the CSS conference is held.

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 11:59 PM EST.

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. Download the checklist here

 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

CSS Distinguished Scientist Award

The  CSS Distinguished Scientist Award is in recognition of a scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of sleep research in Canada. It is awarded at the Conference of CSS and the recipient is invited to give a keynote address. Past recipients have included Drs. Jacques Montplaisir (2007), Carlyle Smith (2009), Ben Rusak (2011), Meir Kryger (2011), Joseph DeKoninck (2013), Eliot Phillipson (2015), and Barbara Jones (2017). The Executive Committee of the CSS determines the Distinguished Scientist Award nominee.

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 the 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:
August 1, 2019

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:

CSS Dental Award

(more information to come)

CSS Outstanding Student Achievement Award

This award recognizes an outstanding research effort by a student 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.

This honorarium is made possible by donations to the CSS student fund. The award consists of a $500 honorarium. The award winner will be announced at the Canadian Sleep Society Annual General Meeting.

To apply, candidates must follow the guidelines and conditions outlined below. The paper does not have to be published in the same year as the application. Repeat applications from unsuccessful applicants from previous years are encouraged. The CSS Student Outstanding Achievement Award can only be received once by an individual.

Deadline for submission:
August 1, 2019


  • The applicant must be a full-time student registered at a Canadian university, or a post-doctoral student within 1 year of degree completion, 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 “Student Outstanding Achievement Award” to:

CSS Technologist Service Award

Each year the Canadian Sleep Society recognizes an individual technologist member in good standing for their professional excellence, service and commitment to the Society. This award honours and recognizes a CSS member who has made significant contributions to the growth and development of the sleep technology profession. The CSS Technologist Service Award recipient will be recognized at the Annual General Meeting, and receive a plaque, a cheque for $300.00 and a one year membership to the CSS.

The technologist must be nominated by a member of the CSS in good standing.  The nominee will submit an essay to the Society, outlining the work and contributions that provided growth and development for the sleep technology profession.

Applicants are expected to have a current membership to the CSS prior to application for this award.

Deadline for submission:
April 6, 2018

Please submit applications by email with the subject “Technologist Service Award” to: Kayleigh Staines at

CSS Student Abstract Competition

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

CIHR – Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH)/Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) Travel Awards

The objective of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH)/Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) Travel Awards is to recognize the outstanding research contribution made by Canadian students and postdoctoral fellows in the field of sleep research. CSS and CIHR-ICRH will jointly provide funding to students and postdoctoral fellows working in sleep research in Canada to travel to a major scientific sleep meeting (e.g., CSS, APSS, ERS, WSF, WASM, SfN, ATS) to present their research, which must be determined to be relevant to both the CSS and ICRH mandates.

Funding Available:

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $4,000. Of this, CSS will contribute a total of $2,000 to the competition. CSS and CIHR-ICRH will administer their own funds.
  • The maximum amount for a single award is $1,000, including international travel.

Specific Eligibility Requirements:

  • A sponsor report (letter of support) completed by your supervisor or someone from your institution must confirm your enrolment at the Bachelor’s level in a medical, biology, neuroscience, psychology, dental or 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.
  • Please attach confirmation of your current Canadian Sleep Society membership (in good standing) when completing your application. Failure to do so will result in the application being withdrawn from the competition.
  • Previous CSS-ICRH Travel Award winners are not eligible to reapply to this competition.
  • CIHR-ICRH/CSS will provide funding for travel that occurs within 9 months after the application deadline.
  • Applicants are expected to have a current membership to the CSS prior to application for this award.

Deadline for submission:

  • Feb. 14, 2018

For more information, and how to apply, see the CIHR/ICRH website.

CIHR Distinguished Lecture (New for 2019)

(more information to follow…)