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To foster health services research and patient-oriented research in sleep medicine, to improve patients’ outcomes and to demonstrate value. Awards are often focused on specific topic areas that will advance the field of sleep medicine. The topics for the 2019 Strategic Research Award include: Pediatric sleep-disordered breathing, opioid use and sleep-disordered breathing, use of telemedicine for patients with sleep-disordered breathing, circadian rhythms sleep-wake disorders, rapid eye movement behavior disorder and other parasomnias, the value of board-certified sleep medicine physicians and sleep medicine team members, collaborative care models across specialties, hypopnea scoring criteria, effects of workplace interventions on employee sleep health, artificial intelligence, and high-impact sleep research.