Who is Eligible?
Applicants for this fellowship:
Note: Previous applicants for Rising Star Awards are eligible to reapply. However, he or she must include the detailed steps they have taken to address the summary critiques provided by the Urology Care Foundation Rising Star Awards review panel.
Is My Proposal Eligible?
Eligible projects must align with one or more of the research priorities described in the Urology Care Foundation’s National Urology Research Agenda (NURA).
How Is the Scholarship Awarded?
Rising Star Awards are provided on a contract basis. Each Awardee is required to develop an “NIH R01 type” application, no later than the fourth funding year, to be submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Veterans’ Affairs (VA), or other external funding agency. The submission of this application must be made no later than the first quarter of the fifth or final funding year.
Each Awardee is required to meet with the American Urological Association (AUA) Research Director and/or the Urology Care Foundation Research Council Chair twice each year for a review of progress and the research environment. One of these meetings will take place at the American Urological Association Annual Meeting.
Additionally, participation at Urology Care Foundation-designated scientific meetings is expected. Some meetings may occur at Astellas Pharma US, Inc. Headquarters. Awardees are also expected to provide the required progress reports and a final report to the Urology Care Foundation. Failure to provide appropriate documentation may result in a delay in the next scheduled payment. If an Awardee relinquishes the award, he or she is obligated to repay the award amount in-full to the Urology Care Foundation. Furthermore, Awardees must remain in academic practice for a minimum amount of time equal to the number of years of support provided. If this obligation is not met, repayment to the Urology Care Foundation is required.
Distribution of Funds
The award is for a period of up to five years. The length of the award period is determined by the length of time remaining on the awardee’s externally-funded career development award. Unless otherwise agreed, the Rising Star Award should terminate at approximately the same time as the Career Development Award. Each award year, funds provided by the Urology Care Foundation Rising Stars in Urology Research Awards will be paid directly to the Awardee.
The Urology Care Foundation does not withhold taxes from awards (i.e., federal withholding, social security, local or state taxes, etc.). Awards are solely for the purpose of salary supplementation and cannot be used for fringe benefits. Currently, the salary supplementation starts at $28,000 (Year 1) and increases each award year based on the following schedule:
Year 2: $33,000
Year 3: $40,000
Year 4: $46,000; and
Year 5: $52,000
To qualify for subsequent years’ funding, each Awardee will be required to meet specific milestones. The Awardee’s eligibility for maintaining the award is also contingent on the Awardee maintaining an externally-funded career development award.
How Many Applications Can Be Accepted From One Institution?
The Urology Care Foundation strongly prefers not to fund multiple applications from the same research or educational institution during any single award cycle. However, if circumstances arise where no other option is available, the Foundation may consider funding more than one proposal from the same institution.