Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Inc.

The 2020 Young Clinicians Research Grant is now open!

The purpose of the research award program is to support early career investigators in pursuing clinical and/or basic research in men’s or women’s sexual health. The funding is intended to supplement research activities and conference participation to present those activities.

Applications are due on March 3. The award winner will be notified by May 1.

The maximum award amount is $25,000. 

The award term is one year (July 1 of the grant year through June 30, of the following year).

Eligibility Information

  • Applicants should be faculty, in their first three years after either residency or fellowship training, whose practice has a significant focus on sexual medicine. Current residents or fellows are not eligible for this award.
  • Applications will be accepted only from SMSNA members in good standing.
  • 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. Funds may be used to cover direct expenses related to presenting the research. 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 of the grant year and January 1 of the following year. The SMSNA 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.

Submission Requirements

Applicants will be required to complete the following information by completing an online application:

  • Bio sketch (1000-word limit)
  • Career plan (500-word limit)
  • Research abstract (300-word limit)
  • Detailed description of research (2000-word limit)
    • Specific aims of the research
    • Background of the problem being addressed
    • Preliminary research data
    • Outline of proposed investigation including potential alternatives and problems that may be confronted

The online application requires the following supporting documents as attachments. We suggest that these documents are ready to be attached in advance of starting the online application, as you will not be able to save the application and return to it later.

Attachments:

  • A budget for the proposed study with documentation regarding other available funds (if any) supporting the proposed project
  • 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).
  • CV

Finally, a letter of support from an SMSNA member is also required. Letters of support may be submitted directly to SMSNA via the following link: Letter of Support. Alternatively, a letter can be submitted as an attachment to the application.

When complete please press the SUBMIT button. If you do not receive a confirmation of the application being sent, please call the SMSNA Executive Office at (952) 683 1917

Progress Requirements

The Awardee is required to submit a progress report six months after disbursement of funding, and a final progress report at the end of the grant period. The awardee will submit their work in abstract format for presentation at the subsequent year’s SMSNA Annual Fall Scientific Meeting.

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 and Women’s sexual health. All applications will be evaluated by the SMSNA Research & Grants Committee including a designated member of the Young Clinicians Committee. Based on these scores the Chair of the Research & Grants Committee will make a recommendation to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for final approval.

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CALL FOR APPLICATION - TRAVEL GRANTS TO 2020 ANNUAL A.U.A. UROLOGY ADVOCACY SUMMIT

In 2020, SMSNA will once more be participating in the Annual A.U.A. Urology Advocacy Summit from March 15-18, 2020 in the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. This A.U.A.-led event aims to expand, strengthen and unify the voice of urology on policy matters impacting our practices and patients by bringing together a broad array of stakeholders, including patient advocates and researchers. The 2019 Annual Urology Advocacy Summit brought together nearly 250 urologists, advanced practice providers, researchers, and patient advocates to advocate for key urologic issues in Washington, DC.

SMSNA is encouraging members to attend the summit and has made available funding to support members to attend the 2020 Annual Urology Advocacy Summit, with travel reimbursement up to $1,500. Interested in attending? Apply now! Please send an email to info@smsna.org by November 24th Extended through February 1, 2020 with the following information:

  • CV or Biography
  • Statement of Interest

The conference will host speakers ranging from urologists to patients, to government employees and members of Congress. It will feature grassroots lobbying training for those new to the process, and will provide opportunities for participants to meet with lawmakers and their staff and some to attend a meeting with officials at agencies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or the National Institutes of Health.

For additional information on the Annual Urology Advocacy Summit, see http://www.auasummit.org/.

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 info@smsna.org.

 

The 2020 SMSNA Pfizer Research Fellowship in Men's Health is now open!

Due date for applications is Monday, April 6, 2020

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, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Eligibility Information

  • Applications will be accepted only from SMSNA members in good standing.
  • 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, 2020 and January 1, 2021. 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.

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:

Attachments:

  • CV
  • 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).
  • 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 available funds (if any) supporting the proposed project

Other required documentation:

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

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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.

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