The award application cycle for 2023 is now closed


The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) is excited to announce the fifth annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Award. The overall goal of this annual award is to support research and program evaluation focused on LGBTQIA adolescents and young adults ages 13 to 26.

Dates and Deadline Information

  • Deadline for receipt of application: September 28, 2022
  • Notification of award: December 31, 2022
  • Funding period: March 2023-February 2024
  • Final Report due: May 2024

Developed and envisioned by the LGBTQIA Special Interest Group to increase the visibility of the needs of this unique, diverse and resilient population, the award will provide up to $3,000 in funding for one of the following areas: 

  • LGBTQIA adolescent and young adult health
  • Sexual identity in adolescents and young adults
  • Gender identity in adolescents and young adults
  • LGBTQIA health services access & delivery
  • LGBTQIA patient education
  • Provider training on some aspect of LGBTQIA adolescent and young health, health service access & delivery, or sexual & gender identity

All disciplines are welcome to apply. Membership within SAHM is encouraged but not required. There is no restriction on where an applicant resides in order to be eligible for this grant. 

The selected recipient will also receive a complimentary registration to attend the SAHM 2023 Annual Meeting. 

Use of Award Funds

The selected recipient will receive a maximum of $3,000 in funding to support research study or program evaluation focused on one of the areas specified above.

Examples of how funds can be used include, but are not limited to, subject incentives and travel, a consultant to provide statistical analysis, or secondary data analysis of existing data sets containing sexual and gender minority data, and allowable expenses such as small equipment, such as digital recorders or tablets. Funds may not be used to support salary, indirect costs, the purchase of laptops, desktop computers or office equipment or other capital expenses. Funds cannot be used to supplement funding for clinical trials, pharmaceutical trials or for literature reviews/meta-analyses. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • All disciplines invited to apply
  • SAHM membership not required.

Application Criteria

  • Research project or project evaluation proposal, with specific objectives, study population and methodology, and evaluation plan
  • Proposed project budget
  • Research or Evaluation strategy must be completed within a 1-year period to complete
  • Dissertations are not accepted for this award

Proposal should include a Title Page that includes: 

  1. Title of proposed project
  2. Clearly state, whether the proposed project relates to clinical care innovation, educational innovation or research innovation.
  3. Leader/Principal investigator name, academic rank, department, office address, phone, email
  4. Other Key personnel (Co-investigators, collaborators; with rank and dept.) 
  5. Budget contact name, title, phone, email
  6. Location(s) where this project will be performed
  7. Is this project supported with other funds, grants?
    • If yes, please indicate source
  8. Has the leader/PI received LGBTQIA funding in the past 5 years?  
    • If yes, please indicate the project name and amount

Proposals should include the following sections: 

  1. Brief Project Summary 
  2. Specific aims 
  3. Innovation 
  4. Significance of the Project
  5. Background (including preliminary data if applicable) 
  6. Study/Project Design
  7. Is the study IRB compliant. If IRB is required, clearly state if an IRB has already been approved, or that it is pending
  8. Analysis/Evaluation plan
  9. Sustainability
  10. Long term goal and timeline 
  11. References 
  12. Itemized budget and budget justification (Do not include indirect costs)
  13. CV of Leader/PI and other investigators

Format: 3-page limit (not including title page, references, budget, CV's), single-space, 1 inch margins, 11 point, Arial font. Please upload applications as one PDF document with the following naming convention: First Name_Last Name_LGBTQIA_2023_Research_Award. 

Please upload your application package.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Application Review Criteria

A review committee will be convened to review grant requests. The committee will be led by former and current SIG leaders.

  • Innovation of the research or evaluation plan
  • Potential for the project to impact the health of LGBTQIA adolescents and young adults, the  delivery of health services  to LGBTQIA adolescents and young adults OR health care policies on LGBTQIA adolescents and young adults.

Deliverable Requirement

In accepting this grant, you will be expected to submit a one-page final progress report (single-space, 1 inch margins, 11 point, Arial font ) summarizing findings, the impact on the field, planned or submitted presentation abstracts or manuscripts, and a financial report at the end of the funding period including any residual balance if applicable.  Any and all presentation abstracts or manuscripts must acknowledge receipt of funding from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Award.

Questions? Please contact SAHM Administrative Director Jennifer Lanphere

Previous Year Recipients



Baer Karrington, MD, MScPH, University of Washington Department of Pediatrics

Project Title: Supporting transgender and gender diverse teens who are unhoused: A clinical care innovation qualitative project


Mollie A. Ruben, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology and US Department of Veterans Affairs Affiliate, Department of Psychology, University of Maine

Project Title: LGBTQ Young Adults’ Nonverbal Expressions of Shame as Predictors of Mental and Physical Health During In-Person Interactions vs. Remote Videoconferencing Interactions: A Research Innovation with Clinical Care Implications for Telemedicine.

Anna Valentine, MD, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellow, Children's Hospital Colorado

Project Title: Multicenter Analysis of Features of Metabolic Syndrome in Transgender Adolescents as Compared to Controls


Jonathan Poquiz, PhD, The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Ann; Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Project Title: Non-binary youth: A mixed methods study to examine identity and clinical needs.


Danielle Chiaramonte, a Doctoral student in the Ecological-Community Psychology Program at Michigan State University. 

Project Title: Gender and Power: Exploration of How Power May Impact HIV Prevention and Care Engagement for Trans and Gender Diverse Youth in the United States.

Revised 06/30/2022 

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