Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Inc.

SMSNA Young Clinicians Research Grant

The 2020 Young Clinicians Research Grant application deadline is now closed.

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.

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.


  • 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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