LGBTQIA Adolescent & Young Adult Health Research Award

Apply for the LGBTQIA Adolescent & Young Adult Health Research Award 

Deadline: August 1st, 2024

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) has been proud to offer the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Award. The purpose of this award is to support research and program evaluation for LGBTQIA adolescents and young adults ages 13 to 26.

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 a research or evaluation project in 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. 

  • Deadline for receipt of application: July 31, 2024
  • Notification of award: Before End of Year 2024
  • Funding period: March 2025-February 2026
  • Final Report due: May 2026

The selected recipient will receive a maximum of $3,000 in funding to support a 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 (food or gift cards) 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. 

Conference travel within the budget will be limited to support for attendance of the SAHM 2026 Annual Meeting (receipts required). The selected recipient will receive a complimentary registration to attend the SAHM Annual Meeting.

  • All disciplines are invited to apply
  • SAHM membership is not required.
  • Only applications that follow content, timeline and budget guidelines and are IRB compliant will be reviewed.
  • Research project or project evaluation proposal, with specific objectives, study population and methodology, and evaluation plan
  • Proposed project budget
  • Research or evaluation project must be completed within a 1-year period
  • Dissertation projects are accepted for this award as long as the project can be completed within the 1-year period.

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 implemented
    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. IRB compliance. All research studies will need to be approved by or exempted by the local Institutional Review Board. Please clearly state if an IRB has already been approved, or that the inquiry 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_2025_Research_Award. 

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

A review committee of former and current SAHM SIG and Research Committee leaders and members will review all eligible grant applications will review all eligible grant applications.

  • Reviewers will score eligible applications based on the following five domains:
      • Potential impact on the health of LGBTQIA adolescents and young adults
      • Innovation of the project
      • Strength of the project’s evaluation plan
      • Achievability of the project’s aims within the project period
      • Perceived need for the financial support

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 no later than 45 days after 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.  Recipients are strongly encouraged to attend SAHM’s Annual Meeting at the end of the funding period, including the LGBTQIA Special Interest Group session during the meeting.  (See above for registration and transportation support.)

Questions? Please contact


Cale Roberts, MD Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital

Project Title:  Qualitative Analysis of Transgender and Gender Diverse Patient Experiences in a Pediatric Emergency Department: A Clinical Care Innovation Project.


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.

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