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Rising Star in Urology Research Awards

Eligibility Requirements

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 or penultimate funding year to be submitted to the NIH, VA, or other external funding agency no later than the first quarter of the fifth or final funding year. Each awardee is required to meet with the AUA Research Director and/or the AUA Research Council Chair 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 AUA and Urology Care Foundation-designated scientific meetings will be expected. Some meetings may occur at Astellas US LLC 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.

Awardees understand and acknowledge that payments for the Rising Star Award will be made directly to them and they may be personally responsible for repayment of funds provided by the award in the case that they relinquish the award or fail to meet the obligations of the award described in the Program Announcement. 

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.

Awardees understand and acknowledge that payments for the Rising Star Award will be made directly to them and they may be personally responsible for repayment of funds provided by the award in the case that they relinquish the award or fail to meet the obligations of the award described in the Program Announcement.

How Many Applications Can Be Accepted From One Institution?

Multiple applications from one institution will be accepted, however, the institution is limited to only one Rising Star award per cycle.

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