SMSNA Scholars in Sexuality Research Grants Program

The 2024 SMSNA Scholars in Sexuality Research Grants are presently on hold, and as of now, we are not accepting any applications. However, please be advised that we anticipate the relaunch of this grant in 2024, accompanied by a restructuring. We encourage interested applicants to stay tuned for updates regarding the reopening of the grant program and the revised application process.

The maximum award amounts are:

  • $5,000 for Undergraduate/Medical/Graduate School Students
  • $7,500 for Resident or Post-Doctoral/Fellows

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.

Eligibility Information
  • Applications will be accepted from graduate or medical students, residents in graduate medical education training programs, and post-doctoral/post-residency fellows.
  • Applications will be accepted from researchers representing diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to: urology, psychology, psychiatry, gynecology, internal medicine, geriatrics, public health, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, social work, law, etc.
  • Research projects must be carried out within the United States or Canada to qualify for funding.
  • Applicant’s mentor must be an SMSNA member.
  • All funded applicants will receive membership in the SMSNA at no charge for 2 years.

For questions or information about this grants program, please contact the SMSNA Executive Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Past Recipeints


Pranjal Agrawal
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Exploring the Phenotype of Women with the Diagnosis of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections: Determining the Associations of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections with Dyspareunia, Sexual Dysfunction, Pelvic Pain Conditions, and the Impact on Therapy Prescribing

Julie Bloom
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Optimal Combination Therapy for Pelvic Floor and Sexual Function after Pelvic RT: Combination Silicone Vaginal Dilator Use and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Lucille Cheng
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Evaluating the Impact of Socioeconomic and Political Events on Patients’ Vasectomy Perspectives

Tommy Jiang
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Use of MRI-Guided Radiotherapy to Reduce Radiation-Induced Sexual Dysfunction

Priya Kohli
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Evaluation of Sexual Education Needs in Spina Bifida Adolescents and Correlation between Sexual Satisfaction with Depression and Anxiety

Grace Sollender
University of California, Los Angeles
The Dilemma of the Adolescent Varicocele: a Qualitative Exploration of the Patient and Family Perspective

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