Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Inc.

The 2017 SMSNA Research Grant submission is open, DEADLINE: October 1, 2016

The Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) proudly announces “The SMSNA Scholars in Sexuality Research Grants Program.” This unique program offers young investigators who are interested in sexuality research the opportunity to obtain funding to support their research while engaged in qualifying research in sexuality.

It is the purpose of the SMSNA to increase public awareness of healthy sexuality and sexual problems, to foster the finest care for individuals suffering from sexual debility, and to encourage scholarship and research in human sexuality. It is our hope that this program will encourage young people to become interested in sexuality research and make it a focal point of their careers.

Funding is available for graduate or medical students, residents in graduate medical education training programs, and post-doctoral/post-residency fellows. Because sexual medicine is a multi-disciplinary field and sex impacts almost every aspect of human endeavor in some way, we encourage applications from aspiring researchers representing diverse backgrounds including but not limited to urology, psychology, psychiatry, gynecology, internal medicine, geriatrics, public health, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, social work, and law.

The size of awards will be commensurate with the experience of the scholar, the proposed duration of funding, and the scope and quality of the proposed research project. Maximum award amounts will be:

  1. Undergraduate/Medical/Graduate School Level: $5,000 for direct research costs and/or living expenses while the scholar conducts a Summer research project.
  2. Resident or Post-Doctoral/Fellow: $7,500 to subsidize a mentored one year fellowship in sexuality and sexual health. Smaller grants may be considered to subsidize research expenses for a post-doctoral fellow’s independent research projects with an established mentor as co-PI.
  • Proof of grant expenditure is required at the end of fiscal year.
  • Grant not intended to be the primary source of funding for travel, lodging, meals, or other costs for SMSNA meetings, but may supplement payment for these expenses. The primary purpose of the grant is to support research related expenses.
  • The grant may supplement the grantee’s salary if not already fully funded.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • A completed application () form by the specified deadline.
  • A detailed description of the research question divided into sections – 1. Specific Aims and hypothesis which should address the aims of the research and scope of grant, 2. the background of the problem being addressed, 3. preliminary data, and 4. Experimental design with an outline of the proposed investigation including potential alternatives and problems that may be encountered.
  • Undergraduate, medical school and/or graduate level students should submit a 4 page proposal while a resident or post-doctoral fellow should submit a 6 page proposal.
  • A letter of support from a faculty mentor
  • One page career development plan to address how this grant will influence future endeavors in sexual medicine.
  • Two additional letters of recommendation, one of whom must be an SMSNA member.
  • Provide documentation regarding other available funds (if any) supporting the proposed project, cosigned by the mentor.
  • Include an estimated time to complete the proposed study.
  • A budget (cannot include overhead or indirect costs).

The SMSNA encourages potential scholars to seek out mentors who are senior members of the SMSNA actively involved in sexuality research. Research under a suitable mentor outside of the society may be acceptable in some extraordinary circumstances for appropriate projects. If a proposed mentor is not a member of the SMSNA, we strongly encourage that s/he join the SMSNA prior to inception of the research project.

Final decisions on approval for funding will be made by the SMSNA Research and Awards grant disbursement committee based primarily on the merit of the proposed study, as well as applicant and mentor credentials, and the feasibility of the proposed study. All funded applicants will receive membership in the SMSNA at no charge for 2 years.

Initial disbursement of funds will occur in early June for investigator awards that are intended to subsidize a trainee’s summer research project. Funds for year-long projects will be disbursed July 1 to coincide with the start of the academic year and January 1 to correspond to the midpoint of the academic year. Customized disbursement of funds for projects that do not conform to these time-tables can be arranged at the request of the applicant/mentor and the discretion of the SMSNA grants disbursement committee.

Interim progress reports to the SMSNA grant disbursement committee are required for continuation of funding. At a minimum, a 2 page report at the midpoint of the research time frame will be required, with additional follow-up points required for some projects at the discretion of the grant’s committee. The SMSNA will be credited as sponsor in any presentations and publications that result from the research project. Grant recipients will be required to present abstracts based on their research at SMSNA Annual Fall Scientific meeting. Recipients are further encouraged to publish their results in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Completed applications () should be sent to info@smsna.org.

SMSNA Foundation Call for Applications is open - Deadline March 31, 2017

The Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) proudly announces “The SMSNA Pfizer Fellowship in Men’s Health.” The purpose of the fellowship program is to support clinical and or basic research in men’s sexual health and foster development of expertise in field of men’s health. The funding is intended to supplement post-doctoral research activities and conference participation to present those activities.

Eligibility Information:

  • Applications will be accepted only from members of the SMSNA in good standing, who must be in compliance with SMSNA Disclosure Policy.
  • Applications will be accepted from post-docs in training.
  • Proof of institutional support for salaries and benefits should be provided at the time of application (letter from Department Chair, Dean or Designated Institutional Officer).
  • For MD’s, a medical license valid in the United States or Canada and proof of satisfactory completion of residency training are required.
  • For all human Research, IRB number and approval must be documented. Pre clinical animal research should be reviewed and approved my the ACAR at funding institution. 

Distribution of Funds
Awards will be paid to the sponsoring institution (medical school, hospital, university).  Awards can’t be paid directly to the successful applicant or mentor. Funds will be payable in two annual installments available for distribution on or about July 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018. The SMSNA Foundation does not withhold taxes from the stipends (i.e., federal withholding, social security, local or state taxes, etc.). It is the responsibility of the recipient to ensure that appropriate federal and local taxes are accounted for.

Allowable expenses include: research supplies, lab overhead expenses, statistical consultation, and logistical support for the assessment and care of research subjects or animals. All awards must be used for the direct expenses of the program and can’t be used to cover a salary for a position or activities that bill patient services.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • A completed application form by the specified deadline.
  • Biosketch and Career Plan (five-page limit)
  • Abstract (300 words limit)
  • A detailed description of the research question divided into 4 sections, addressing the specific aims of the research, the background of the problem being addressed, preliminary data, and an outline of the proposed investigation including potential alternatives and problems that may be encountered. (four-page limit)
  • A letter of support from a faculty mentor
  • Two additional letters of recommendation from SMS members.
  • Include a budget for the proposed study.
  • Provide documentation regarding other available funds (if any) supporting the proposed project, cosigned by the mentor.

Application Review and Selection Process
Applications are competitive and open to all relevant institutions and candidates in the geographic region of SMSNA and in the therapeutic are of Men’s Health. All applications will be evaluated by a peer review panel of expert physician-scientists and researchers - the SMSNA Fellowship and Residency Education Committee. All funding decisions must be approved by the Executive Committee of the SMSNA Foundation.

Completed applications should be sent to the SMSNA Executive Office (
info@smsna.org). 

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