The awards are on a contract basis. Failure to meet the terms of the agreement may result in repayment of the award. The requirements are to:
AUA and Urology Care Foundation Research-Related Activities
Each year, the AUA and the Urology Care Foundation coordinate several events designed to advance urology research and provide educational venues, especially for young investigators. Attendance at the Urology Care Foundation Research Scholars Awards Ceremony and Networking event, AUA Research Forum, Grantscraft Course, Investigator Workshop, and the Urology Care Foundation/AUA SBUR Summer Research Conference (depending on relevance of the topic to the Scholar's research) is required for all investigators funded by the Urology Care Foundation. Unless prior approval is given, failure to attend an event will disqualify the awardee from receiving a scholarship or future payments. Travel awards or other means of travel support may be available.
Urology Care Foundation Scholars Awards Ceremony
All Urology Care Foundation Scholars are acknowledged at the Urology Care Foundation Scholars Awards Ceremony, which is held during the AUA Annual Meeting, and in the Research Pictorial. Attending the Urology Care Foundation Scholars Awards Ceremony is required for all investigators funded by the Urology Care Foundation. Even though the first ceremony will take place prior to the award period, new Scholars are required to attend and should plan accordingly. All ending Scholars will compete for the opportunity to present a summary of their project at the ceremony and are required to attend regardless of whether the Scholar is chosen to present.
AUA Research Forum
Each year at the AUA Annual Meeting, the Research Forum provides a venue showcasing the research of promising young investigators. All investigators funded by the Urology Care Foundation are required to attend the Research Forum.
Each year at the AUA Annual Meeting, an educational course may be offered to assist researchers in improving their grant-writing skills. The course provides information on where to find grant opportunities, preparing an effective grant application and the peer review process. Program Officers from federal agencies are usually in attendance to provide information on current funding mechanisms. All investigators funded by the Urology Care Foundation are required to attend the Grantscraft Course if it is offered. There may be a fee associated with the course.
Urology Care Foundation/AUA SBUR Summer Research Conference
The Summer Research Conference provides an intense and intimate forum for young investigators to meet research leaders, hear about emerging research concepts and methods, network with participants and speakers, learn about new methods and techniques, and receive mentoring and advice on research career activities. The conference is typically held each August and has a different scientific theme and scientific topic each year. If the topic is associated with the research being conducted by the Scholar, he or she would be required to attend the conference.
Nurturing the success of young investigators in urology research has been a recurring strategic goal of the AUA Office of Research since its inception in 2001. This workshop will focus on mentoring, scientific review, sources of independent funding and grant writing. The workshop will be facilitated by leaders in the field, each of whom will have substantial track records of career achievement and NIH research funding. The program agenda includes didactic sessions in areas such as budgets, defining review criteria, and grantsmanship. Also included are a realistic mock study section and extensive small group and one-on-one working sessions with scientific advisers and other subject-matter experts intended to provide attendees with the opportunity to transform their grants. In these sessions, attendees will gain personalized instruction and constructive critiques on their research proposals.
Lay Language Statement and Photo for UrologyHealth.org
All Applicants are required to submit a short paragraph (5-6 sentences) lay language statement about their research project and a high-quality, still headshot to be posted under the current Urology Care Foundation-supported research at www.UrologyHealth.org and in press releases and other promotional materials for the program. The photograph should be a clear, high-quality headshot with either professional dress or a laboratory/white coat. In order to accommodate our online and print publishing requirements, the photograph must be taken on a high-resolution setting of at least 3 megapixels. Applicants should think of this picture as an excellent quality yearbook photograph.
Statements and photos will be due no later than Wednesday, July 8, 2013. The statement and photo should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This information will only be used for promotion purposes described above. These will not be shared with reviewers and will not impact the review process or decisions of the reviewers.
Failure to adhere to these requirements and/or provide appropriate documentation will result in repayment of the award and may be reflected in the consideration for future AUA and Urology Care Foundation awards.