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Funding Opportunities

The AUA is committed to supporting urologic research through funding, advocacy and scholarly exchange. Through our Research Scholars Program and other internal and external funding awards, the AUA and Urology Care Foundation have been providing support to young urology researchers for 40 years!

Award Programs for Researchers

Research Scholars Program

One- and two-year awards are available in 2016 for eligible MD and PhD researchers interested in pursuing careers in urologic research. Recipients receive $40,000 annually and the sponsoring institution provides matching funds.

Learn more about this program.

Rising Stars in Urology Research Awards

Awards are available for 2015! Applicants are Board-certified or -eligible urologists who have successfully competed for a new externally-funded, peer-reviewed career development award (e.g., K07/K08/K23 awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH), or career development-type grants from the Department of Defense, American Cancer Society or others). This Program provides up to five years of supplemental salary support to career development Awardees to ensure their research salary compensation is competitive with other academic urology faculty. Currently, the salary supplementation starts at $28,000 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.

Learn more about this program.

Award Program for Residents

Russell Scott, Jr., MD Urology Residency Research Award Program

The Russell Scott, Jr., MD, Urology Residency Research Award is designed to fund a urology resident for a period of one year while the resident fulfills their obligation for research training. Recipients receive a $40,000 stipend that must also be matched by the participating institution. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited urology resident program and willing to spend at least 80 percent of their total time on the research project.

Learn more about this program.

Fellowships for Medical Students

Arkansas Urologic Society Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program

The Urology Care Foundation and the Arkansas Urologic Society is proud to provide the Arkansas Urologic Society Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program, designed to encourage medical students to join the field of urology through a summer fellowship program. This program is made possible through the support of the Arkansas Urologic Society Research Fund.

Learn more about this program.

Herbert Brendler, MD, Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program

The Urology Care Foundation is proud to provide the Herbert Brendler, MD, Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program, designed to encourage medical students to join the field of urology through a summer fellowship program. This program is made possible through the support of the Herbert Brendler, MD, Research Fund and the Brendler Family. Each awardee receives a $3,000 stipend to cover the two month mentored research project, and the sponsoring institution ensures that the awardee receives adequate research support.

Learn more about this program.

AUA Data Grants

Beginning in 2014, the AUA completed the newly established Data Grant. The AUA Data Grant promotes 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.

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.

Learn more about AUA Data Grants.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Career Development Programs in Diabetes Research for Pediatric Endocrinologists (K12)
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About the Program

To foster the development of a diverse and highly trained workforce of pediatric endocrinologists to assume leadership roles related to the Nations biomedical and behavioral research efforts in the area of pediatric diabetes, this Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications for institutional career development programs in diabetes research for pediatric endocrinologists. The NIDDK will award physician scientist career development program (K12) grants to eligible institutions to provide a program to prepare pediatricians, selected by the institution, for careers in pediatric endocrinology research related to diabetes.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is December 2, 2015.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. James F. Hyde with any questions.


Mechanisms Underlying the Contribution of Type 1 Diabetes Risk-Associated Variants
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About the Program

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications from institutions and organizations for projects to characterize the genetic variations in human genomic regions that have been putatively associated with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The purpose is to accelerate the discovery of causal genes and variants that influence the risk for disease; and conduct follow-up studies of particular genetic variants to gain novel insights into the functions of these variants and the mechanisms by which they may contribute to disease. For this FOA, the term causal variant is defined as the functional genetic variant that influences the risk for disease and explains the observed association.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is February 17, 2016.

Contact Information

Please contact Beena Akolkar with any questions.


Type 1 Diabetes Pathfinder Award (DP2)
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About the Program

The goal of the Type 1 Diabetes Pathfinder Award is to support a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research relevant to type 1 diabetes and its complications. The Type 1 Diabetes Pathfinder Award initiative complements ongoing efforts by NIH and its Institutes and Centers to fund early stage investigators through R01 grants, which continue to be the major sources of NIH support for early stage investigators. The research proposed need not be in a conventional biomedical or behavioral discipline but must be relevant to type 1 diabetes.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is February 17, 2016.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. James F. Hyde with any questions.


Research Using Biosamples and Subjects from Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Studies Complications
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About the Program

This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications for studies on the complications of type 1 diabetes using subjects and/or samples from clinical studies on type 1 diabetes. This opportunity is intended to fund collaborative projects using subjects and/or their samples to better understand the pathogenesis of diabetes complications in humans, and to develop biomarkers for the evaluation of new therapeutics for diabetes complications. The research could include new measurements on stored biosamples; new collections of biosamples; or new clinical evaluations of subjects, such as imaging measurements or the use of continuous glucose monitors.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is March 3, 2016.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Teresa L. Z. Jones with any questions.


Understanding How Epigenetics and Infections Impact Autoimmunity and Diabetes
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About the Program

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites a High Impact Research and Research Infrastructure Cooperative Agreement application (UC4) from the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) of the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) that has been involved in study design and coordination, and data and biosample acquisition and management, since the inception of The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) consortium, an ongoing epidemiological study. This FOA provides support for the TEDDY DCC to continue to follow TEDDY children, allowing collaborators to conduct further studies in the measurement and analysis of epigenetic marks and infectious exposures using samples from TEDDY subjects.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is March 3, 2016.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Arthur Castle with any questions.


Travel Awards

Travel awards may be available on a competitive basis to Young Investigators and Trainees interested in attending AUA Office of Research events. Individuals will be reimbursed for expenses related to travel and lodging costs associated with attendance in accordance with the Urology Care Foundation guidelines.

* Young investigators are defined as an MD or PhD, or having an equivalent doctoral-level degree, who are actively engaged in research and within 10 years of completion of a residency or fellowship, or from completing requirements for a PhD at the date of application.

Please check back for information related to currently available travel awards.

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