The AUA is accepting letters of intent for research proposals that address key knowledge gaps and emerging research questions related to urological care delivery, workforce development and health policy.
The AUA is particularly interested in supporting population-based, data-driven, specialty generalizable studies using electronic health records, data maintained by the AUA (including population-based survey data, CMS administrative and claims data, the ABU certification file, and the AUA membership database) or other data sources already available to investigators.
The AUA Data Grants promote novel and methodologically rigorous analyses that inform policymakers, payers, the urology community, other healthcare providers and the public about key issues in urological care delivery.
Each grant will not exceed $50,000, payable in two installments. The funding aims to cover up to one year of costs related to project initiation, management, implementation and presentation (excluding salary support for the principal investigator).
The AUA will provide the full spectrum of data and statistical support needed to execute funded projects.
The first installment will be paid at the start of the grant period, which is expected to be January 1, 2015. Payment of the second installment is contingent upon the awardee making satisfactory progress and meeting reporting milestones during the first half of the grant period.
All AUA members are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Letters of Intent Submission Opens
June 1, 2014
Letters of Intent Due
July 31, 2014
Invitations to Apply Released
September 2, 2014
Full Applications Due
October 15, 2014
Application Decisions Announced
December 1, 2014
January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015
Letters of Intent Instructions
Letters of Intent (LOIs) must be submitted to dataservices@AUAnet.org by 5 p.m. EST on July 31, 2014. Please put "2015 AUA Data Grant LOI" in the email subject. The LOI should not exceed one page.
The letter must include the following information:
The AUA Data Grant Review Panel will peer-review the LOIs and invite investigators with the highest priority proposals to submit full applications, with brief biographical sketches, for further consideration.
Please contact the AUA at dataservices@AUAnet.org or 410-689-4073 with any questions.
Who is eligible to apply for these grants?
All AUA members are eligible and encouraged to apply.
What types of projects are you looking to fund?
The grants will fund research proposals that address key knowledge gaps and emerging research questions related to urological care delivery, workforce development and health policy.
AUA is particularly interested in supporting population-based, data-driven, specialty generalizable studies using electronic health records, data maintained by the AUA or other data sources already available to investigators.
What is the deadline to submit letters of intent?
July 31, 2014, 5 p.m. EST
When will I be notified if my LOI is chosen for further consideration?
September 1, 2014
What is the application deadline?
October 15, 2014, by 5 p.m. EST
Do I need to have my IRB and/or data use agreements in place by the October 15 deadline?
No, you aren’t required to have the IRB or the data use agreements in place by the October deadline, but it will help your application if you can demonstrate that you have made significant progress securing these documents. All grant assurances should be in place by January 1, 2015 when the grant period starts.
When will I be notified if my application has been accepted or declined?
December 1, 2014
Where should I send my materials to?
All materials should be submitted to dataservices@AUAnet.org.
How much money is available?
The award total is up to $50,000 for one year and will be paid in two installments. The first installment will be paid at the beginning of the grant period and the second installment will be paid upon approval of the six-month progress report and financial report. Any costs in excess of this amount are the responsibility of the Grantee Organization.
When will funds be disbursed?
The grant funds will be paid in two installments—approximately January and July. The first installment will be paid at the beginning of the grant period and the second installment will be paid upon approval of the six-month progress report and financial report.
How will my application be evaluated?
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Overall Impact and Significance (40%)
How do I budget for obtaining datasets? Where should they be allocated in the budget?
Can I use my own statisticians?
Yes, you may use your own statisticians. If you subcontract these services to any organization but AUA, a detailed budget for the subcontractor--including information on indirect costs and the identity and legal status of the subcontractor--must be included in your application, and it must be preapproved by AUA. All subcontractors must follow the same budget guidelines as the grantee organization and agree to comply with research grant requirements. The combined total budget for all subcontracts should be entered in this section as one line item.
What are the advantages of using AUA's statisticians?
AUA's statisticians are experts in a wide variety of experimental and observational study methodologies, including medical studies with both categorical and quantitative variables; between-subjects, within-subjects, and mixed factorial designs; survey research; and single- and double-blind studies.
AUA statisticians use innovative statistical tools and techniques such as:
AUA has purchased many datasets that are available at no cost to grantees that use its statistical services. Please visit www.auanet.org/statistics to see the complete list of datasets available and learn more about AUA Statistical Services.
How do I budget for obtaining statistician services from AUA?
If you need statistical services from AUA, you do not need to calculate and include this cost in your budget. Instead, AUA will determine this cost and add it to your total budget.
What expenses are allowed?
Only these expenses are allowed:
What expenses are NOT allowed?
Funds may NOT be used to pay for: AUA membership fees; fees for courses or classes; costs for proposal development for additional funding; political campaigns; direct donations, grants, or scholarships to individuals; lobbying; bribery; or any costs that are not directly related to the research project.
What is the limit on indirect costs?
Indirect costs are limited to 5% of the total grant funds.
What will be required of me if I accept this grant?
The awards are on a contract basis. Failure to meet the terms of the agreement may result in required repayment of the award. The requirements are to:
Failure to adhere to these requirements and/or provide appropriate documentation may result in a delay in the next scheduled payment or termination of the award.
Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns that are not addressed here?
Please contact dataservices@AUAnet.org or call 410-689-4072.