The application period for the 2023 SMSNA Pfizer Research Fellowship in Men’s Health has concluded. Please note that this grant is externally funded, and we are currently awaiting confirmation of support from sponsors.
The award term is July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.
The maximum award amount is $25,000.
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.
- 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.
- 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, 2022 and January 1, 2023. The SMSNA Foundation does not withhold taxes from the stipends (i.e., federal withholding, social security, local and state taxes, etc.) It is the responsibility of the recipient to ensure that appropriate federal and local taxes are accounted for.
Applicants must complete the online submission form by February 27, 2022 at 11:59 pm CST.
Applications will require the following attachments:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Bio sketch (1000-word limit)
- Career plan (500-word limit)
- Research abstract (300-word limit)
- Proof of institutional support for salaries and benefits
- Detailed description of the research (2000-word limit) divided into four sections:
- 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
- Budget, including documentation regarding other available funds (if any) supporting the proposed project
- Letter of support from a faculty mentor
Two additional letters of recommendation from SMSNA members
- 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 SMSNA Foundation Board of Directors.
- The recipient will be required to provide both a Mid-term Report and a Final Progress Report. The Mid-term Report is due on or before December 1, 2022. The Final Progress Report is due within 30 days of the end of the award term.
- Awardees will be required to submit an abstract based on their research to the SMSNA Annual Fall Scientific Meeting, following the award term. All accepted abstracts are published in a special edition of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
- Awardees are required to submit manuscripts, videos, or other material based on the supported research and intended for dissemination to an ISSM affiliated journal (ie The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Sexual Medicine, Sexual Medicine Reviews, or the Video Journal of Prosthetic Urology) prior to submission to any other journal. If the material is not accepted by the ISSM affiliated journal it may be submitted to a non-ISSM affiliated journal.
- The SMSNA will be credited as a sponsor in any presentations and publications that result from the research project.
Masaya Jimbo, MD, PhD
University of Utah
The role of TGF-beta1 signaling in Klinefelter's syndrome-related testicular fibrosis and testosterone deficiency
Kajal Khodamoradi, PhD
University of Miami
Association of Androgen Receptor Signaling in Human Corpus Cavernosum with Serum Testosterone Levels
Wael Almajed, MD
Low-Intensity vs High-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy in the Treatment of Peyronie’s Disease in a Rat Model
Michael Christensen, PhD
University of Utah
Identifying genetic variants impacting superficial fibrosing disorders in related individuals with PD and/or DD
Sabine Nguyen, MD
University of California, San Diego
The Effects of Electric Nicotine Delivery Systems on Mice Corpora Cavernosa
Niels Johnsen, MD
University of Washington
Barriers to Care of Sexual Health Concerns Following Pelvic Trauma
Justin La Favor, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
The Role of Hydrogen Sulfide Depletion in Western Diet-Induced Erectile Dysfunction
Andrew Draganski, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Transdermal delivery of curcumin through the use of a novel nanoparticle delivery system