The application period for 2021 closes on October 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET


The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) is excited to announce the third 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. 

2019 Awardee
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  This project is a mixed methods design to develop a theoretical model of gender and power in negotiating HIV preventative behaviors in Transgender and Gender diverse youth.  Funds will be used for participant incentives and travel, and for a focus group facilitator.

2020 Awardee
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.  This project is an exploratory study, employing qualitative methodology to examine identity development and identify clinical needs of non-binary adolescents.  Funds will be used for transcription and software (DeDoose) and Inventory scale costs.

Dates and Deadline Information

  • Deadline for receipt of application: October 7, 2020
  • Notification of award: December 31, 2020
  • Funding period: March 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022     
  • Final Report due: May 1, 2022. 

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 2021 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. Funds may not be used to support salary, indirect costs, the purchase of equipment or other capital expenses, conducting clinical trials, pharmaceutical trials or 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
  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_2021_Research_Award_Application 

Please upload your application package here by October 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT.  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

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