Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Inc.

SMSNA Pfizer Research Fellowship in Men’s Health

The SMSNA will begin accepting applications for the 2020 SMSNA Pfizer Research Fellowship in Men's Health on January 1.

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. So just add that back in and it should be good for now until we complete the jot form and have to revise the process a bit and add a application link.

The maximum award amount is $25,000.

The award term is July 1 of the award year through June 30 of the following year.

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, 2019 and January 1, 2020. 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 Requirements
Applicants must submit a single PDF application package including the documentation listed below, in the order listed, via email to

  • CV
  • Biosketch, Research Experience, Career Plan (five-page limit)
  • Abstract (300 words limit)
  • A detailed description of the research question divided into 4 sections (four-page limit):
    • specific aims of the research
    • background of the problem being addressed
    • preliminary 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
  • A letter of support from a faculty mentor
  • Two additional letters of recommendation from SMS members

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 Executive Committee of the SMSNA Foundation.

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