Residency Research Awards
All Urology Care Foundation Residency Research Award recipients must adhere to the following requirements:
- Provide a final progress report by email or on a disc.
- Attend Urology Care Foundation research-related events if possible.
- Notify the Urology Care Foundation of any personnel, location, or project status changes that occur after the award announcement or during the award period.
- Provide a copy of the current internal review board (IRB) approval letter if activities involving human subjects are planned during the proposed research.
- Provide a copy of the current institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) approval letter if activities involving vertebrate animals are planned during the proposed research.
Failure to adhere to these requirements and/or provide appropriate documentation may result in a delay in payments or termination of the award. Unless approved by the Institution and the Urology Care Foundation, failure to complete the duration of the research period may result in repayment of funds to the Urology Care Foundation.
Scholars are required to send the Urology Care Foundation copies of articles published regarding AUA Urology Care Foundation-funded research. Any publication arising from work supported by the Urology Care Foundation Residency Research Award Program should include acknowledgment of Urology Care Foundation support. Such acknowledgement should read:
“This work was supported in part by the Urology Care Foundation Residency Research Award.”
Institutional Accountability Report
During the award period, at the request of the Urology Care Foundation, the Institutional Grant Administrator must submit an Institutional Accountability Report to the AUA Office of Research. This report re-affirms that the institution is adhering to all terms of the Program Announcement and Institution Agreement Form, especially the provisions of institution support and level of effort requirements. Continued funding is contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory report. A final Institutional Accountability Report should be included in the Final Progress Report package, which is due within 30 days of the end of the research training period.
AUA and Urology Care Foundation Research-Related Activities
Each year, the AUA and the Urology Care Foundation coordinate several events designed to advance urologic research and provide educational venues, especially for young investigators. Attendance at the Urology Care Foundation Research Honors Awards Program and the AUA Research Forum/Grantwriting Workshop, both held at the AUA Annual Meeting, is required for all investigators funded by the Urology Care Foundation. In addition, depending on eligibility or relevance of the topic to the awardee's research, the Early-Career Investigators Workshop, Summer Research Conference, Basic Sciences Symposium, and Urologic Oncology Symposium may also required. Unless prior approval is given, failure to attend an event may disqualify the awardee from receiving a Urology Care Foundation award or payments. Travel awards or other means of travel support may be available for many events.
- Urology Care Foundation Research Honors Awards Program: All Urology Care Foundation Scholars are acknowledged at the Urology Care Foundation Scholars Awards Reception held during the AUA Annual Meeting. Attending the Urology Care Foundation Scholars Awards Reception is required for all investigators funded by the Urology Care Foundation. Even though the first reception will take place prior to the award period, new Scholars are required to attend and should plan accordingly.
- Basic Sciences Symposium: The Basic Sciences Symposium, held annually at the AUA Annual Meeting, is a premier research event attracting basic scientists, surgeon-scientists, and other urologic investigators from various specialties. Past program topics include stems cells and nanotechnology and, more recently, inflammation and fibrosis and new perspectives in pelvic health. If the topic is associated with the research being conducted by the Urology Care Foundation awardee, he or she is required to attend the symposium.
- Urologic Oncology Research Symposium: The intent of the symposium is to create synergies and foster collaboration in genitourinary oncology by bringing together scientists and clinicians at all career levels in a stimulating and interactive setting. The information discussed and shared during this meeting is expected to catalyze the translation of laboratory research to practical application. It is also intended to serve as a forum where young investigators have the opportunity to meet and interact with leaders in a host of disciplines related to prostate, bladder and kidney cancer. If the topic is associated with the research being conducted by the Awardee, he or she would be required to attend the event.
- Grantwriting Workshop: Each year at the AUA Annual Meeting, an educational course may be offered to assist researchers in improving their grantwriting skills. The course provides information on where to find grant opportunities, preparing an effective grant application, and peer review processes. Representatives from federal agencies are typically in attendance to provide information on current funding opportunities. All investigators funded by the Urology Care Foundation are required to attend the Grantwriting Workshop if it is offered. There may be a fee associated with the course.
- AUA Research Forum: Each year at the AUA Annual Meeting, the Research Forum provides a venue showcasing the research of promising early-career investigators. All investigators funded by the Urology Care Foundation are required to attend the Research Forum.
- AUA 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 Awardee, they would be required to attend the conference.
- Early-Career Investigators Workshop: The goal of this workshop is to motivate and support young scientists and urologists by providing an outstanding mentoring/career development/scientific program presented by leaders in the field. The program agenda may include an overview of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant mechanisms, a mock scientific peer review study section, and faculty presentations on mentorship and career development. Attendees also participate in working sessions that provided opportunities for 1-on-1 instruction from faculty advisors on how to improve their grantwriting skills as well as roundtable discussions with experts on federal funding opportunities.