Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Inc.

2020 SMSNA Virtual

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Submission for this grant is now closed.

Award term: November 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021

The maximum award amount is $25,000.

The purpose of the fellowship program is to support clinical and/or basic research in men's health, with focus on Andrology, 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.

Eligibility Information

  • Applications will be accepted only from SMSNA members in good standing.
  • Applications will be accepted from post-doctoral fellows.
  • Proof of institutional support for salaries and benefits should be provided at 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

The funds are to be used for educational support related to research activities excluding indirect costs and cannot be applied to attendee registration, meals, any marketing or commercial support, gratuities, staff travels or awards. 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 installments available for distribution on or about November 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021 (after submitting progress report). 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.

Reporting Requirements

The grant recipient shall provide a progress update report by March 1, 2021, template provided by SMSNA Foundation. The grant recipient shall complete the “Fellowship Post Program Reconciliation Form” (template provided by SMSNA Foundation), provide a final research fellowship grant summary report and an itemized summary of expenses by August 15, 2021.

Submission Process

Complete online application via link below. The application requires the following documents, so please have these ready prior when you are planning to submit your application:

  • CV
  • Proof of institutional support for salaries and benefits should be provided at time of application (letter from department chair, dean or designated institutional officer).
  • Preliminary research data
  • Outline of proposed investigation including potential alternatives and problems that may be confronted
  • A budget for the proposed study with documentation regarding other avilable funds (if any) supporting the proposed project

Other required documentation:

  • A letter of support from a faculty mentor
  • Two additional letters of recommendation from SMSNA members

*Letters of support/recommendation can be submitted directly to SMSNA via the following link: Letter of Recommendation

Alternatively, letters can be submitted as attachments to the application.

Applicants will also be required to submit the following information:

  • Bio-sketch
  • Research experience
  • Career plan
  • Research abstract
  • Detailed description of the specific aims of the research
  • Background of the problem being addressed

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 Board of the SMSNA Foundation.

Award term: June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022

The submission period for the 2021 SMSNA Research Grants is now closed.


The Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) “Scholars in Sexuality Research Grants Program” offers young investigators 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.

Application and Review Process:

Complete the online application form by September 30, 2020.

Applications will require the following attachments:

  • Detailed proposal of the research question (Four-page required for undergraduate, medical school and/or graduate level students, Six-page required for residents or post-doctoral fellows) describing the following: Specific Aims and Hypothesis, addressing 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; Estimated time to complete the proposed study.
  • Budget (cannot include overhead or indirect costs)
  • Documentation regarding other funding (if any) supporting the proposed project (Must be verified by the mentor with their signature)
  • One-page career development plan addressing how grant will influence future endeavors in sexual medicine
  • Letter of support from a faculty mentor (must be an SMSNA member)
    *Link is available upon request for submitting letter independent from this application.
  • Two additional letters of recommendation (at least one must be an SMSNA member)
    *Link is available upon request for submitting letters independent from this application.

*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.

Applications are reviewed by the Research and Awards Committee and funding must be approved by the SMSNA Board of Directors. Awards will be announced in December, prior to the award year. Funding decisions are based primarily on the merit of the proposed study, 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.

Payment and Reporting Requirements:

Awards will be disbursed in two payments, with the first paid at the beginning of the grant period when all payment information has been received, and the second paid at the midpoint of the grant following receipt of a mid-term progress report and approval by the Research and Awards Committee. Customized disbursement of funds for projects and no-cost extensions can be arranged by request from the applicant/mentor and approved at the discretion of the SMSNA Research and Awards Committee.

Awards will be paid to the sponsoring institution (medical school, hospital, university). Awards cannot be paid directly to the successful applicant or mentor.

Awardees are required to submit both a mid-term and final progress report to the SMSNA Research and Awards Committee.

Post Award Requirements:

The SMSNA will be credited as a sponsor in any presentations and publications that result from the research project. Awardees will also be required to submit an abstract based on their research to the SMSNA Annual Fall Scientific Meeting. All accepted abstracts are published in a special edition of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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The SMSNA strives to promote, encourage and support the highest standards of practice, research, education, and ethics in the study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of human sexual function and dysfunction. In addition, the SMSNA provides a forum for the free exchange and discussion of new ideas, thoughts and concepts in this field.

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