SMSNA Research Grant Guidelines
The Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) “Scholars in Sexuality Research Grants 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. Research projects must be carried out within North America to qualify for funding.
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 are:
$5,000 for Undergraduate/Medical/Graduate School Students $7,500 for Resident or Post-Doctoral/Fellows. The primary purpose of the grant is to support research related expenses. Grant funding is not intended to be the primary source of funding for travel, lodging, meals, or other costs associated with attending SMSNA meetings, but may supplement those expenses. The grant may supplement the grantee’s salary if not already fully funded. Proof of grant expenditure is required upon request.
Applicants are required to submit:
- A completed application form by the specified deadline
- A detailed description of the research question divided into the following sections:
- Specific Aims and Hypothesis, which should address the aims of the research and scope of grant
- Background of the problem being addressed
- Preliminary data
- Experimental Design, with an outline of the proposed investigation including potential alternatives and problems that may be encountered
- A proposal: Undergraduate, medical school and/or graduate level students should submit a 4-page proposal; residents or post-doctoral fellows should submit a 6-page proposal
- A letter of support from a faculty mentor, who must be an SMSNA member*
- A one-page career development plan to address how this grant will influence future endeavors in sexual medicine
- Two additional letters of recommendation, with one required to be from an SMSNA member.
- Documentation regarding other funding (if any) supporting the proposed project, verified by signature of the mentor
- An estimated time to complete the proposed study
- A budget (cannot include overhead or indirect costs)
*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 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.
Awards will be disbursed in two payments, with the first paid in early June, and the second paid in early January following receipt of a progress report and approval of the Research and Awards Committee. The award term is from June 1 through May 31. Customized disbursement of funds for projects that do not conform to this timeline can be arranged at the request of the applicant/mentor and at the discretion of the SMSNA Research and Awards Committee. Awards will be paid to the sponsoring institution (medical school, hospital, university). Awards can’t be paid directly to the successful applicant or mentor.
Awardees will be required to submit a progress report to the SMSNA Research and Awards Committee 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 Research and Award Committee. The SMSNA will be credited as a sponsor in any presentations and publications that result from the research project. Grant recipients will be required to submit an abstract based on their research to the 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 email@example.com.
SMSNA Pfizer Research Fellowship in Men’s Health
The SMSNA is no longer accepting applications for the 2019 SMSNA Pfizer Research 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 the field of men’s health. The funding is intended to supplement post-doctoral research activities and conference participation to present those activities.
The maximum award amount is $25,000.
The award term is July 1 of the award year through June 30 of the following year.
- Applications will be accepted only from SMSNA members in good standing, who must be in compliance with the 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 by the ACAR at funding institution.
Funding and Distribution of Funds
Allowable expenses include research supplies, 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 may not be used to cover a salary for a position or activities that bill patient services. Overhead expenses are not allowable.
Awards will be paid to the sponsoring institution (medical school, hospital, university). Awards will not 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, 2019 and January 1, 2020. 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.
Applicants must submit a single PDF application package including the documentation listed below, in the order listed, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Biosketch, Research Experience, Career Plan (five-page limit)
- Abstract (300 words limit)
- A detailed description of the research question divided into 4 sections (four-page limit):
- specific aims of the research
- background of the problem being addressed
- preliminary data
- outline of proposed investigation including potential alternatives and problems that may be confronted
- A budget for the proposed study with documentation regarding other available funds (if any) supporting the proposed project
- A letter of support from a faculty mentor
- Two additional letters of recommendation from SMS members
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 area of Men’s Health. All applications will be evaluated by a peer review panel of expert physician-scientists and researchers. All funding decisions will be approved by the Executive Committee of the SMSNA Foundation.