SRI and Bayer Discovery/Innovation Grant

Guidelines for the 2023-2024 Grant Cycle

Congratulations to the 2023-2024 SRI/Bayer Grant Recipients:
- Mancy Tong, PhD: Yale University
- Yong Song, MD, PhD: Michigan State University
- Emmanuel Paul, PhD: Michigan State University
- Ellen Menkhorst, PhD: University of Melbourne
- Rong Li, PhD: University of Missouri
- Dorien Feyaerts, PhD: Stanford University

The Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) and Bayer HealthCare AG are pleased to continue the SRI and Bayer Discovery/Innovation Grants, which will provide six (6) individuals a one-year grant in the amount of $20,000 each, in 2023-2024. The objective of the grant is to support the development of scientists and clinicians in the field of women's health. Funding is to support the education and research endeavors of these individuals. These awards are made possible by a generous grant from Bayer HealthCare AG. Click here to see a list of past recipients and their research projects.

Below are the details for submitting an application for the 2023-2024 Discovery/Innovation Grants.
The deadline for the award application is December 13, 2022. For more information, please contact the SRI Office at or 414-918-9888.

Please read the instructions very carefully. Please note that the deadline cannot be extended for any reason.


  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Infertility associated with PCOS
  • Endometriosis-associated infertility (including adenomyosis uteri/endometriosis internal)
  • Non-hormonal contraception
  • Preeclampsia
  • Uterine Fibroids (uterine leiomyoma)

Focus area: Novel treatment options/targets and complex in vitro (e.g., organ-on-chip, organoids etc.) and in vivo models.


  • Applicants must be members of SRI, or alternatively, their Mentor must be a member of SRI. It is expected that the recipient become a member before the funds are released, if they are not a member at the time of application.
  • International submissions are welcome and encouraged.
  • Recipients must register for the SRI Annual Meeting and must attend the SRI-Bayer award breakfast.
  • One individual per application, though naming collaborators is acceptable
  • The applications must fall under the focus area and indications as listed above.
  • Ideally, the Awards will be divided between In Training, Early, Mid and Senior Career Investigators, as defined by the SRI Career Development and Diversity Committee ( However the Grants Committee can alter this balance based on the distribution of career stages at which investigators submit proposals in any given year.


  • Each award is $20,000 for one year.
  • The Awards begin July 1, 2023 and end June 30, 2024.
  • Funds may be used for any combination of salary and/or lab support.
  • Award may only be used for salary support and direct research costs. Institutional indirect or general overhead costs are not permitted.
  • Recipient must make proper acknowledgements in presentations and publications resulting from the research sponsored by the award. Awardee will also notify the Grants Committee of any publications resulting from the work supported by the SRI and Bayer AG Innovation/Discovery Grant.
  • A letter from your Chair or Institutional Representative should include the institution’s role in terms of supporting the applicant’s education/training (where relevant) and research efforts. The letter should outline such support, including allocation of laboratory space, animal facility (signed by the PI and the animal facility in charge person) and availability of other relevant infrastructure/personnel related to the grant objectives. This letter is part of the full application (see item IV under Online submission Instructions, below).
  • The recipient must submit a written final report to the SRI at the conclusion of the award period. It is also expected the recipient will present the final results of their research at a future SRI Meeting.
  • Awardee’s institution is required to submit a financial progress report at the conclusion of the award period.
  • The SRI may discontinue an award if it is documented that the purpose or the terms of the award are not being fulfilled. In this event, the recipient will be notified in writing of this determination, the reason, and the effective date.


  • Applications will be reviewed by the SRI Grants Committee and/or by invited external reviewers if the Grant Committee requires additional expertise.
  • The Grants Committee will score the applications (recusing themselves from any applications which would represent a conflict of interest). The scores will be compiled, the applications discussed, and the most meritorious applications selected for funding on a conference call.
  • Application review decisions are final.


  • Scientific merit of project
  • Applicants commitment to, and relevance of proposal to the therapeutic area(s) as listed above
  • Environment (and mentor, if applicable)
  • Career trajectory (How do goals of grant relate to overall career trajectory; how much will applicant benefit from grant in terms of career trajectory)

Submission Instructions

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